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Recently I posted one design thinking tip from Change By DesignOnce a Day, Deeply Observe the Ordinary. Here’s another:

Don’t Ask “What?” Ask “Why?”
Instead of accepting a given constraint, ask whether this is the right problem to be solving.

Every parent knows how infuriating 5-year-olds can be with their constantly questioning “Why?” But for design thinkers, asking “Why?” is an opportunity to reframe a problem, redefine the constraints, and open the field to a more innovative answer.

For example Will Work For, the design provocation I wrote about earlier this week, questions the core motivations for why we work.

There is nothing more frustrating than coming up with the right answer to the wrong question. This is true whether you’re designing a new company strategy or designing the next week of your life.

A willingness to ask “Why?” will annoy your colleagues in the short run, but in the long run it will improve your chances of spending energy on the right problems.

What will you ask “Why?” about this week?

(Photo from Thoughtless Acts by Jane Fulton Suri / Posted also on my LinkedIn Thought Leader blog)

This week TED published a playlist called 10 Talks About the Beauty—and Difficulty—of Being Creative. Included in the playlist: David Kelley’s 2012 TED talk, “How To Build Your Creative Confidence,” and my own 2008 talk, “Tales of Creativity and Play.

There’s a powerful relationship between creative thinking and play. To learn about many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn’t), watch “Tales of Creativity and Play.

Then watch David’s talk—and don’t miss the rest of the TED creativity playlist.

What inspires you to be creative today?

(posted also on my LinkedIn Thought Leader blog)