And then take this strategy everywhere. Make it a habit to take note of who gets to talk, everywhere you go. Ask why those people are the ones talking. Ask for the opinions of people who haven’t been voicing them. You might hear something amazing; something that’s been cooking for a long time, just waiting for a listening ear.
This is a tricky one since it’s hard to understand and even harder to measure. What I mean by “wackiness” is that there are people who just think differently. They have ideas that would raise an eyebrow when they talk about them. It doesn’t necessarily mean that these are the best ideas — they’re just different. But different ideas are easy to come up with, and these people can understand how this weird, wacky idea can be created, and what the logic is behind it. They can imagine how this weird idea can be built from point A to point B. They get bored from the product easily, and they feel uncomfortable with patterns and stealing ideas — not because it’s morally wrong, just because it’s boring.