Creativity isn’t just about problem solving. Creativity is about continually exploring alternatives and making progression.
Too often innovation is stifled because people get trapped by complacency. Even successful innovators can become a victim of their own success if they hold fast to their winning idea and don’t adapt to changing conditions. If you only react [...]
We’re usually so quick to jump in with reasons why ideas won’t work. But next time, resist this urge and task yourself with first exhausting all the positives you can think of. You may even generate some new, better solutions.
Example: What are all the positives of a house with no roof?
We’d usually immediately [...]
Just because you have a solution, it doesn’t mean you have the best one. Try to at least find one other approach before being satisfied.
A large part of being creative is the ability to look at things in different contexts. A fun way to practice this is to find an everyday object and ask yourself what else could it be.
Pick out the functions, features and associations and use these to transplant the meaning. Be imaginative as possible.
It can be possible to get trapped within the thought boundaries of your particular industry and job role. Restricting yourself to only immediately relevant knowledge can limit the potential to find novel ideas.
Look to other industries and see if there are analogous solutions that can be applied to your challenge. Quite often, concepts and [...]
Creative thinking is about generating alternatives. Quite often, if we find a potential solution we stop and pursue it. Who knows what we’re missing by not carrying on?
So next time you’re thinking up ideas, set yourself a challenging quota. They don’t all have to be winners, just give yourself the license to explore.
Reframe your challenge statement in all the ways you can think of. Change words and drop common labels to move your thinking beyond ingrained associations and promote more open exploration. This may even bring you closer to a solution.
Example: ‘How to stop losing my keys’ might become, ‘how to easily find my keys’, ‘how [...]