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Behind the Scenes with TMG: Turning Experiences into New Ideas

Welcome to The McVay Journal, your go-to source for insights and inspiration tailored for entrepreneurs, non-profits, and impactful community leaders who are driven by values and purpose. I'm Carli McVay, your Business Coach. Each week, we'll explore the essential topics that matter most to your journey.

Transforming experiences into innovative ideas is a powerful skill for any entrepreneur, business owner, or community impact leader. Your unique journey, filled with challenges and triumphs, holds a treasure trove of insights waiting to be unlocked. By reflecting on these experiences, you can uncover fresh perspectives and creative solutions that propel your business and community initiatives forward. In this blog, we’ll explore practical strategies to harness your past and present experiences, turning them into new, actionable ideas that drive success and foster meaningful impact. Let's dive in and transform your experiences into the seeds of innovation and growth.

Toolkit: Transforming Experiences into New Ideas

You may be wondering how the heck you can actually tap into your experiences into new ideas. Although you'll always have a day when it'll just happen organically, most often, like everything in life, it'll take intention to appear. Consider some of these toolkit concepts to make it happen.

  • Reflect and Record: Set aside time each week to reflect on your experiences. Use a journal or digital notes to document key events, challenges, and successes. Ask yourself what you learned and how you felt.

  • Identify Patterns: Review your reflections regularly to identify recurring themes or patterns. Look for common problems, successes, and insights that can inform new ideas.

  • Mind Mapping: Use a mind mapping tool to visually organize your thoughts and experiences. Start with a central experience and branch out to related ideas, potential solutions, and opportunities.

  • SWOT Analysis: Conduct a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) on significant experiences. This helps you understand the broader context and potential leverage points for innovation.

  • Brainstorming Sessions: Schedule regular brainstorming sessions with your team or a trusted advisor. Use your documented experiences as a starting point to generate new ideas and solutions.

  • Feedback Loop: Share your insights and potential ideas with a mentor, coach, or peer group. Gather feedback to refine and improve your ideas before implementation.

  • Prototype and Test: Turn your best ideas into small, actionable prototypes. Test these prototypes in a low-risk environment to gather data and refine them based on real-world feedback.

By consistently applying these tools, you'll be able to systematically transform your experiences into innovative and impactful ideas for your business and community projects.

Engage Your Tribe: Key Strategies

Pick one of these strategies to infuse with your team members, regardless of level, title, or role, as everyone has a place to contribute new ideas based on their own distinct experiences:

  • Collaborative Reflection Sessions: Set up regular meetings where team members share their key experiences and insights. Use these sessions to collectively identify patterns and generate new ideas.

  • Team Brainstorming Workshops: Conduct interactive workshops focused on turning shared experiences into innovative ideas. Ensure everyone participates and builds on each other’s contributions.

  • Feedback and Prototyping Cycles: Create a continuous loop of feedback and prototyping within the team. Encourage open feedback on new ideas and involve team members in testing and refining prototypes.

Business Goal: Come across one great idea a month. Remember a "great idea" doesn't have to be some huge new service offering or produce development cycle. A great idea is anything that positively impacts your business now and in the future.

Personal Reflection: Reflect on a time when you had a great idea appear. Where were you? Who were you with? What were you doing? Why do you think that was the moment? Now use that information to better understand how your cognitive processing works to tap into more great ideas!

Sum It Up

Your collective experiences, make you a unique leader. Add in, all of the experiences of your tribe, and you have lifetimes over of experiences to leverage. All of these can be the genesis of some great new ideas. By reflecting on your journey, identifying patterns, and engaging in collaborative brainstorming, you can transform everyday experiences into actionable ideas. This process not only generates fresh perspectives but also fosters a culture of continuous improvement and creativity within your organization.

Call to Action

Start today by scheduling a collaborative coaching session or business strategy workshop with me, your own business coach. It can be solo or with your team at large. We will use all of these tools and more to get the ideas not only to the surface, but usable in the business starting immediately. Together, let's turn your shared experiences into groundbreaking ideas that drive success and impact.


Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, take a moment to express gratitude for the ideas that are waiting inside to bubble up. Celebrate the beauty of inspiration, the thrill of exploration, and the joy of bringing ideas to life. Embrace an attitude of gratitude, for it is the fuel that sustains your journey of creativity and innovation.

Until we meet again...Xoxo, Carli

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