The key to unlocking the true potential of your employees may be allowing them goof off every once in a while, according to Erik Wahl, author of "Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius." Among Wahl's suggestions are to add free time to the schedule, encourage employees to doodle and to let workers play with Play-Doh at your next meeting and then discuss what they made. "You've broken the ice, made people smile and laugh, and relaxed them. You're going to get better answers and ideas," Wahl says.

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