An article in the New York Times last year suggested that creativity is the new cure for mid-life crises. By taking up a creative activity, it stated that we often get in touch with a passion we may have forgotten about or not had the time to fully explore. In doing this, we can find a new meaning to life in a way which buying a new car could not achieve.
One definition from the Collins English dictionary offers ‘ having the ability to create, characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imagination, characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventions ‘ Continue reading “7 reasons to develop your creativity”
I have read a lot lately about the myths of creativity and I would agree with most of these. Teresa Amabile is one researcher whose perspective I highly value and her myths of creativity can be read here.
What I am interested in is how to enable creativity and have put together my non- exhaustive list which is based upon many years’ experience facilitating creativity. Continue reading “Challenge Assumptions to enable creativity”
For example when facilitating creative problem solving workshops it is very clear that when people are put into a physical environment which does not allow them space, such as a small room with a table, or when that space is very practical and worklike, such as a boardroom, there is little creativity happening and people revert to being logical and rational. Continue reading “The place of space in creativity”
One of the issues that I came across this week concerning innovation was around the question of radical versus incremental innovation. Most innovation is incremental, building upon previous ways of doing things, or improving on existing products. Very little innovation is radical, where something new is created. Continue reading “To Innovate or to Improve? That is the question!”
A recurring theme has been going around in my head lately and this has been reinforced on two separate occasions this last few days. This is about reaching conclusions about a solution before identifying the problem.
The first occasion that cropped up lately for me was in an article in the Observer on Sunday 20 March 2011, written by Neal Ascherson, questioning whether we are addressing the right problems in reaching solutions, and quoting examples in both Libya and Japan. In this he also quotes someone he met who said that “As an engineer, I can tell you the root of all human mistakes. It’s people putting things right, before they have finished finding out what’s wrong”. Continue reading “The importance of not leaping into solutions before understanding the problem”
Change is a given in organisations and the need for change is recognised when there is a gap between what is desired and what exists. We could refer to this gap as a problem or a series of issues, sometimes even an opportunity.
In terms of problems there are two ways of looking at these, tame and wicked problems. Tame ones are relatively easy to solve as they are clearly formulated and there is an obvious testable solution. These can be solved using logical, rational menas provided that there is a clarity around the problem definition. Continue reading “Wicked Problems and Creative Change”