A team is like an engine, and on a creative team the spark plug of that engine is the Creative Instigator. Here are some of the many ways I work at remaining a Creative Instigator.
Be the King of Random by following whatever rabbit trail suggests itself in your discussions, regardless of how seemingly unrelated the idea may be (unless it IS unrelated, such as “I want lunch,” or “Does anyone know why the Coke machine isn’t working?”).
Watch movies regularly and simply enjoy them without critiquing and analyzing (regardless how good or bad they may be), storing the images, concepts and feelings in your subconscious for later retrieval during brainstorming sessions.
Visit high end art dealers and galleries and observe paintings and art pieces of all kinds, feeding your artistic soul with beautiful images.
Surf Pinterest and create your own Pinterest boards, collecting images, designs, and concepts that interest you for fun.
In short, being a Creative Instigator is like attending class without taking notes, taking tests without cramming the night before, and sleeping well in between; the more you allow your subconscious to take over, the better you will be.