I was recently asked why children are so creative. After all, we’re still the same people we used to be. Why does our natural creativity disappear?
Well as kids, we don’t have any real pressures in life. There is no perceived need to be logical, sensible and always right (a skill that seems to develop [...]
When we evaluate ideas we most often begin with our own thoughts and feelings. This is the 1st person perspective. By sticking to this viewpoint it may be difficult to overcome our inbuilt beliefs and prejudices.
Actively exploring other perspectives is a simple tool to help free your mind to appreciate other possibilities. So when [...]
Appreciating the bigger picture can often be made easier by adopting the mentality of a small child and repeatedly asking ‘why’ until you have a satisfactory answer that leads you closer towards a more appropriate solution.
Asking why focuses us to really think about the reason behind our challenges.
Q- Why should I [...]
We all know this classic optimist/pessimist analogy. But once you find a way of looking at something it can be incredibly difficult to dislodge from your mindset. Creativity is about holding more than just one answer in your mind and keeping open to other possibilities.
But what would you say if you were given a [...]
Today your challenge is think like someone else. The way you see the world is coloured by your experiences and perceptions. But if you experience this world through someone else’s eyes you may get a whole new set of insights.
Example: My challenge is ‘how to cope with stressful situations’.
I randomly picked a cartoon character, a [...]
The royal courts used to employ jesters to ensure their thinking didn’t just succumb to the ‘yes men’. Their role was to be purposefully provocative to ensure decisions were appreciated from other perspectives and embarrassments were averted.
So play the role of the court jester by laughing at your ideas and kick yourself out of [...]
Have you ever experienced that moment when you come up with an idea but then gradually find more and more flaws before eventually turning yourself completely against your initial idea?
It’s quite common and we habitually do this as a safeguard to prevent embarrassment in front of others who may be just as quick to [...]