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Creative Thinking

David Burkus on Myths of Creativity

There are many ideas about being creative: You have to wait for a flash of inspiration; You need to be a "genius"; Artists are crazy (or at least flaky); You should be in pain to create, and many other myths which often get in the way of personal creative work, and business innovation.

In his book "The Myths of Creativity" David Burkus, writes about one...
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Does Brainstorming Enhance Creative Thinking and Innovation?

Writers Tolkien, Lewis and others discussed religious and literary ideas and their own works in progress in a famed discussion group, the Inklings, which met regularly at Lewis' college rooms at Oxford or in pubs, in the 1930s and 40s.

Of course, writers groups, support groups based on Julia Cameron's classic book The Artist's Way, and similar gatherings still enable creative collaboration and feedback from others.

Psychologist Paul Paulus has researched the value of group ‘brainwriting’...
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How To Be More Creative

This series of posts on "How To Be More Creative" offers articles, books and other resources on developing creative thinking and innovation, and enhancing our creative expression.

My other Creative Mind posts, hopefully, do that as well - but these...
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Developing Creativity: Product, People, Process and Press

These four P's of Product, People, Process and environmental Press have been used as frameworks by many creativity researchers and writers.

In a helpful overview article, Sandeep Gautam provides explanations of these concepts, and references to various creativity experts. Here are a few excerpts.

First, to start with the illustration: "Blind monks examining an elephant", an ukiyo-e print by Hanabusa Itchō (1652–1724).

The story that inspired this artwork is basically that "a group of blind men (or men...
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Developing Creativity and Innovation: Think More Abstractly

Creative problem solving is enhanced by thinking more abstractly or at an intellectual distance, rather than more concretely, according to research studies.

In my post Using Research to Enhance Creative Thinking – Part 2, I quoted from the article “15 Scientific Facts About Creativity” which notes that “psychological distance” facilitates creativity, and “when hitting a creative snag, the best thing thinkers can do for themselves is step away and try to look at...
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Enhancing Creative Thinking With Design Examples

One of the ways that art students learn to paint is to copy the work of a master.

Of course, there are many more complex and abstract design, creativity and innovation challenges than traditional portraiture.

The Human-Computer Interaction Group at Stanford trains people in designing interactive systems.

In a research study they conducted, subjects drew animals to inhabit an alien Earth-like planet and were presented with example drawings at different stages in the experiment.

The results indicated...
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Tony Wagner on Encouraging New Innovators

How can parents, educators and business leaders support people to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurial?

"Innovation-minded parents encouraged their children’s play, passion and purpose."

Tony Wagner is currently the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and the founder and former co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The quote above is paraphrased from his article My View: Creating innovators, in which...
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Entrepreneur

Creative? Introverted? Then You’re Probably Not Seen As A Leader

"People often avoid the uncomfortable uncertainty of novel solutions regardless of potential benefit."
That quote comes from the Forbes magazine article Managing The Psychological Bias Against Creativity by Todd Essig, who notes the situation where "You come up with a great new idea at work, or at home.

"Or a political leader actually tries something 'new and different' when faced with a previously intractable problem. But then, rather than grateful acceptance, or even a...
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Consciousness

Creative Thinking and Disruptive Innovation

Do we need to invest exceptional levels of time and attention in becoming experts before we can make significant creative contributions?

One of the key ideas of author Malcolm Gladwell is that “outliers” on the upper end of intelligence, ability and achievement have engaged in about 10,000 concentrated hours of practice and study in a specific knowledge area.

From my post Outliers and developing exceptional abilities.

Malcolm Gladwell is author of Outliers: The...
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