There's a reason there are so many business articles on creative thinking and problem solving - it's hard to do! It's easy to get stuck in your own ways, never considering an alternative. Sometimes it's because your way is easier, even if it's not the best way. Other times it's because you just have no idea what else to do. It can be scary to consider a new path or method. There are no guarantees any of it will work, and it requires you to take a risk.

Displaying your own open-mindedness can do great things for your team. This kind of free-sharing atmosphere will make them more likely to explore and contribute their ideas, which will make them feel heard and respected. It will affirm trust within your team and ensure you're aligned with the same processes and goals in mind. When that's in place, you'll be better prepared to help your customers, and your team will provide better service. It might just help you discover a great new product or marketing approach that grows your company exponentially.

Here are quotes that will encourage you to view opportunities and ideas with a fresh perspective, identifying their potential instead of pointing out their flaws:

1.      "One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader's need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process." - Simon Sinek

2.     "Open your mind before your mouth." - Aristophanes

3.     "I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness." - Christopher Hitchens

4.     "Keep your mind open to change all the time. Welcome it. Court it. It is only by examining and reexamining your opinions and ideas that you can progress." - Dale Carnegie

5.     "The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind." - E. B. White

6.     "When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?" - John Maynard Keynes

7.     "I can't afford to say yes to all my staff's desires, but one thing is certain - I can't afford the outrageous cost of not listening to their requests." - John Yokoyama

8.     "There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier." - Charles Kettering

9.     "Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open." - Thomas Dewar

10.  "Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You're able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment." - Ralph Marston

11.  "There is a distinct difference between having an open mind and having a hole in your head from which your brain leaks out." - James Randi

12.  "Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." - Malcolm Forbes

13.  "The measure of intelligence is the ability to change." - Albert Einstein

14.  "No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage and belief." - Napoleon Hill

15.  "Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." - George Bernard Shaw

16.  "An open mind is better than a clenched fist." - Matshona Dhliwayo

17.  "If you cannot be open-minded, then you do not possess your ideas, your ideas possess you." - Bryant McGill

18.  "Above all, remember that the most important thing you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it's an open mind." - Gail Rubin Bereny

19.  "If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed." - Marcus Aurelius

20.  "If you don't go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors." - Mark W. Perrett

21.  "Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

22.  "An open mind leaves a chance for someone to drop a worthwhile thought in it." - Mark Twain