March 11, 2009
You would like to find your inner creative voice.
You consider yourself creative but it depends on your frame of mind (or mood or the phase of the moon or SOMETHING!)
More dynamic solutions and some more interesting ideas at work would be a terrific addition to the energy around the office.
Leaders do not have to have all the answers, but you can better harvest answers from others by being creative.
Creativity is not something that some people have and others do not. It CAN be cultivated.
Use these four Core Competencies of Creativity to develop creative inspiration
When ideas do emerge, it is imperative to capture them. Learn to preserve new ideas by keeping a notepad nearby or an electronic one on our blackberry or iPhone if you have one.
Creativity encourages creativity. Surround yourself with interesting people and different environments, physically and socially, that entice your thinking.
The only way to avoid using habitual paths of thinking is to engage the prefrontal cortex through intentional thinking. When you tackle tough problems, higher thinking becomes prevalent and new ideas open up.
Growth through new learning also enables the prefrontal cortex. Diversify your knowledge by learning interesting new things.
Adapted from Let Your Creativity Soar, Scientific American Mind, June/July 2008 Issue