I want to start first by saying well done to you. If you’re still tracking with me, I bet you’re already getting some pretty big insights into what’s going on in your career and what you want to do about it.
So in the last two lessons, you’ve been getting a bit granular on what’s important to you. Now it’s time to think big again. And specifically, you’re going to be thinking big and brainstorming ideas that could help inform your next career move.
I’ve tried this brainstorming exercise a bunch of different ways. I love brainstorming without any context. A total blue sky brainstorming session. Those can be very effective.
However, the most effective form of brainstorming is often when you have a little bit of context. Think about it. When you conduct a brainstorming session at work, you will always outline a bit around the objectives of the project and tiny bit of context.
You wouldn’t just walk into a room and say, ok the goal of this brainstorming is to come up with a new product idea. Period.
That’s too big a scope. No one would even know where to start. Or worse. Without context, you’ll waste a lot of time on ideas that may not be a good fit. Like if you run or work for an organic baby food company, you’re likely not going to invest in the development of a new kind of hunting rifle.
I know that’s a totally random example, but that’s the point. It’s a totally random way to brainstorm. And not as actionable or effective.
Instead, you might outline the business challenge, and set up the new product opportunity as something that helps a particular target (say), tackle a particular problem. And it must fit within our brand values.
That would be a more effective way to go.
So that’s what we’re doing here. You’re now clear on your strengths, what you want and what you value. You have a better understanding of the context of YOUR brand.
Now… you’re ready to brainstorm. In the worksheet are 10 questions. I want you to THINK BIG. And here are my personal guideposts for thinking big.
- If you know exactly how you’re going to do it, you’re not thinking big enough
- If you’re not feeling a little nervous, you’re not thinking big enough
- If you can do it alone, you’re not thinking big enough
Maybe you have some additional parameters and I’d love to hear them. In the meantime, get the worksheet and go for it.
And I’ll see you tomorrow.
Use the worksheet to brainstorm ideas to help inform your next career move.
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