Develop Open-Ended Habits
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 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.
Create an organizational book or movie club that people can use as a platform to engage in an Open-Ended Habit together.
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.
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.
- Record and Reflect
- Open-Up Interfaces (coming soon)
- Form Collective Feedback Loops (coming soon)