Creativity requires an inquisitive mind.

Unless you ask lots of "Why?" and "What If"? questions, you won't generate creative insights. To avoid this most common of creative errors, don't take anything for granted. Especially established practices and habits.

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Vadim Kotelnikov advice quotes

If you want to innovate, question everything, ask a lot of searching questions >>>

Vadim Kotelnikov

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Boost Your Creativity

Try looking at the world with new eyes and from various perceptual positions through more inquisitive eyes; try getting ideas in motion; try asking the all-important "Why? What if?" questions and play with "What If" ideas.  >>>

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"The first people had questions, and they were free. The second people had answers, and they became enslaved." ~ The Earth Wisdom Teachings




Ask Searching Questions

Adopt a Creative Dissatisfaction Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book attitude.

The key that opens the door to opportunities is the approach of asking yourself searching questions 'Why?' and 'What If?'

Searching questions can help you discover new opportunities, uncover the roots of a problem, and find creative solutions to it.

Break rules quote Vadim Kotelnikov Innovation paradox doing things right is wrong


Vadim Kotelnikov quotes Managers succeed by following the rules. Innovators succeed by breaking rules.

Asking searching questions starts with challenging assumptions. If you do not check assumptions you cannot be good at asking searching questions. Don't ask one or two questions and then rush straight towards a solution. With an incomplete understanding of the problem it is very easy to jump to wrong conclusions... More

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Search for Opportunities

"We are constantly encouraged to spend time exploring new ideas and asking "what if?" questions and we're allowed to pursue the ones we think have the most promise."
~ Mark Dean, IBM

Open your mind to what is possible. Ask also other people to find out what they want, what they do not want, and what they would like to change... More 

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Sample "Why?" and "What If?" Questions


KoRe 10 Tips for Challenging Assumptions

③ Ask "Why?" and "What If?" questions – critical thinking works best when you continually ask yourself, ‘Does this make sense?’, ‘If not, what if?’. Use the 5-Why approach to determine the root cause of a problem.... More

10 Tips for Maintaining a Fresh Perspective with Your Employees

Empower your people. Create a questioning culture. Encourage employees to ask "Why?" and "Why Not?" questions... More






Vadim Kotelnikov, American Indian proverbs

If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.

American Indian

James Allen quotes

For true success ask yourself these four questions:
Why?  ② Why not? 
Why not me?  ④ Why not now?

James Allen

Albert Einstein quotes

The important thing is to not stop questioning.


Zen proverbs

Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening;
small doubt, small awakening, no doubt, no awakening.



Larry Elison advice

The only way to get ahead is to find errors in conventional wisdom.

Larry Elison


Edward de Bono creativity advices quotes

You cannot look in a new direction
by looking harder in the same direction.

Edward de Bono