Clear Your Mind by Brainstorming

University of Pennsylvania

Bestselling author Adam Grant describes a simple exercise that helped managers get out of an overly critical mindset and into a more creative headspace: Before evaluating a work-related idea, brainstorm for five minutes about something in a completely different domain. The exercise primes managers to be more open-minded and receptive to new ideas, according to Grant, a professor of management at The Wharton School.