More businesspeople should focus on coming up with\n\nnew ideas. We\u2019re not talking about creating the next eBay here, but\n\nrather ideas that can move the business forward or even just help keep\n\nyou sane\n\nThey might be ideas on better ways to do things, ideas on how to\n\nexpand the business or ideas about new products to launch. There are\n\ndifferent scopes of ideas, ranging from the trivial to the\n\ntransformational. For example, coming up with the idea of putting\n\nprogramming called HBO on a satellite to beam movies down to millions\n\ncould be considered transformational. While most ideas do not transform\n\nindustries, they do keep the businesses in industries running.\n\nIdeas on what kinds of people should be hired, how they should\n\nbe compensated and what kinds of benefits should be packaged can impact\n\nmany. However, no matter the size or the impact of an idea, it requires\n\ntime and a mindset to create it.\n\nSome ideas require quiet time. This can mean closing your\n\noffice door and ignoring the phone and e-mail for a bit, which can be\n\nchallenging. It\u2019s difficult to be creative when three people are\n\ntalking at you and your e-mail box is filling with pressing issues.\n\nWe know from our past research that there is little extra time\n\navailable to come up with ideas. Some might think that working away\n\nfrom the office is the answer, since 61 percent of senior executives\n\nand managers have increased the amount of time spent working out of the\n\noffice over the last three years. However, working away does not\n\nnecessarily mean getting away.\n\n\n\n\n\n\u201cWith the increase in e-mail and voice mail volume (every message is a\n\nproject), managers oftentimes find themselves filled with more work,\u201d\n\nsaid one manager. \u201cWhether you\u2019re at home or work, there isn\u2019t much\n\nfree time to enjoy time away.\u201d\n\nSaid another: \u201cWorking away from the office allows for dedicated\n\nmoments of creativity and exploration.\u201d\n\nHowever, many businesspeople tend to get\n\ncaught up in the crisis of the moment and miss opportunities to come up\n\nwith new ideas. Since four-fifths of executives and managers have 90\n\nminutes or less of personal time on a typical workday, there are two\n\noptions.\n\n\n\n\n\nThe first is for individuals to carve more time from the working day to create and consider new ideas.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe second (and more practical) is to open the doors to new ideas from people throughout the organization. \n\n\n\nNo one person can have all the good ideas, but there can be\n\ncountless good and even great ideas that can come from throughout the\n\nranks if managers and executives encourage it.\n\nSo the next time you need an idea on how to make something at\n\nwork better, for a fresh perspective ask a few people you would not\n\nnormally ask to come up with something. Ask a colleague, a spouse or a\n\nfriend. You might be surprised at how creative a person can be.\n\nAs a colleague of mine used to say: A good idea doesn\u2019t care\n\nwho has it. So if anyone has any good ideas, feel free to e-mail them\n\nto me and we\u2019ll share them.