Develop Open-Ended Habits

for organizations

This Domain-Level Guide is designed to be used based on the Core Model. Please refer to the Develop Open-Ended Habits Core Practice before exploring this guide.


When Open-Ended Habits are applied in an organizational context, they can become a valuable source for external ingredients that can spice up any creative problem-solving and ideation challenge. Their recurrent nature makes them perfect for bonding and cultivating a sense of a collective with more than just shared professional goals.

As a team, there are two ways to utilize Open-Ended Habits. The first is to share and explore the outcomes of the habits the individual team members practice. The second is to cultivate Collective Open-Ended Habits.


Each member of your team is likely to have their own Open-Ended Habits, which means each team member has plenty of Experiences and insights that can enrich the Collective Mind-Pantry.

When the outcomes of Open-Ended Habits are shared, they can also inspire other team members to engage in similar or different activities, thus creating a positive Feedback Loop that will result in even more Experiences.

  • Create a space that will encourage the team to share and discuss what they have Experienced and their insights from their personal Open-Ended Habits.
  • Encourage the team to add their insights to the Collective Mind-Pantry.
Develop Collective Open-Ended Habits

When practiced together as a team, Open-Ended Habits are more than just a source of Experiences — they become a source of Shared Experiences. As such, their impact goes far beyond igniting Creativity. They become part of the team’s culture, helping the team bond and work more effectively together.

  • Create platforms for Collective Open-Ended Habits to emerge in different organizational scopes.
  • Make room for them and actively promote and celebrate them.
  • Use Collective Open-Ended Habits as opportunities to Observe, Wonder together, and Imagine together.


Example 1

Create a routine in which team members take turns in sharing their Open-Ended Habits and their outcome. You can dedicate one hour just before the work-week starts, for example, for sharing and discussing a book someone read, a movie they saw, or something they have created in their free time.

Example 2

Create an organizational book or movie club that people can use as a platform to engage in an Open-Ended Habit together.

Example 3

Go out to Creative Exploration Walks as a team regularly. Don’t treat this merely as taking a break (although this is also an important aspect). A Creative Exploration Walk is an excellent opportunity to Observe things from different perspectives and generate surprising ideas for professional challenges, even without setting that as an explicit goal.

Example 4

Close some recurrent time frame for creating something beyond your formal tasks and projects together as a team. Creating something together is much more than just spending time together. It is a way to engage in a creative activity without external pressure and constraints. When done as a team, it can highlight skills and strengths that might not be in the front in the team’s day-to-day work.

related practices

  • Record and Reflect
  • Open-Up Interfaces (coming soon)
  • Form Collective Feedback Loops (coming soon)

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