JD Meier: How To Innovate Better with Forced Connections

Forced connections are the essence of creativity.

Most breakthroughs come by connecting things that are not usually considered connected, and many times those “forced connections” come when you take a step back during the Creative Problem-Solving process. New ideas need to come from places that you haven’t explored already, and these connections help that happen – especially when you might be stuck otherwise. In JD Meier’s article, he writes about my three-step process for developing forced connections:


  1. Consider the problem you are trying to solve.
  2. Pick an object or situation that is completely unrelated.
  3. Find or “force” a connection between the problem you are working on and the seemingly unrelated object


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