What are the proven benefits of new and unexpected experiences?

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For more than 10 years now my leadership development practice has continued to evolve as I strive to deliver strong performance outcomes for my customers.

Through this process, many themes have emerged about excellence and best practice, not least when we consider the power of taking people away from their day job and immersing them in something new and unexpected. How can we become excellent at developing fresh insight and creativity?

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Why is it that we have our best ideas when we are least expecting them?

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We intuitively know that when we’re at an impasse or feeling stressed about delivering new thinking to our organisation, the ideas can stop flowing. Often doing something less taxing or taking ourselves away from “the problem” achieves the flash of inspiration we need; a walk in the park, cooking, mowing the lawn. There is something about taking ourselves out of the line of fire that leads to that Eureka moment (it’s no coincidence that most famous of EUREKA moments happened whilst stepping into a bath!).

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