74 STASHED IDEAS
Research shows that with practise, we can all learn to become more creative.
When we hear of people known for their remarkable creativity, it's quick to assume that they are born different from the rest of us. We forget that these creative geniuses often spent years working on projects that did not turn out that well. Many hours of sharpening their thinking or skills finally created something unique.
Puccio's Thinking Skills Model is one of the best-tested attempts to teach workplace creativity. Research showed that participants in creativity training generated four times as many original ideas as those who didn't.
The programme highlights the need to balance convergent and divergent thinking. Both are essential.
How to apply convergent and divergent thinking in seven steps:
It takes time to develop creativity skills. But with a bit of work, you can make significant progress.
The right mindset is needed to develop your creativity.
Research shows that learning-oriented people showed greater improvement in the number and quality of ideas than people who see their abilities as fixed.
There are two main types of decision-makers:
Each one has its benefits and drawbacks. Understanding which one you are can help improve your choices.
A maximiser will weigh choices carefully to find the best one. On paper, their decisions look well-informed, logical and efficient.
But there are drawbacks. They have trouble making the perfect decision and take a very long time finding the best solution. Once they do find a solution, they may experience regret about their choice.
Satisficers are people who prefer to make decisions quickly by weighing fewer choices and then go with their gut. They opt for what's acceptable, not for the 'best' option.
A drawback is that they may not get the 'best' outcome that will give them the maximum return.
Most people fall somewhere between maximiser and satisficer. The perfect mix would be to satisfice most of the time and only maximise a decision when the stakes are high, such as buying a house or choosing a job.
However, after the choice, you have to return to thinking like a satisfice to prevent feeling dissatisfied with your decision.
It is important to understand the basic structure and content of the text you are reading.
People everywhere read words in a very similar way regardless if it is made from pictures, such as pictographs (Chinese characters), or words made from letters.
This knowledge gives us insight into how writing developed and how we read as well as how we can delve deeper into creativity and communication.
Some of the earliest writing is from 3000B.C. Mesopotamia. They recorded entries on tablets about the quantities of goods in some kind of bookkeeping.
They wrote down in order to keep account of who delivered what when. But this system was still far away from expressing ideas and writing great works of literature.
Japanese children learn two writing systems: The kanji system is based on Chinese characters, and the kana system is purely phonetic.
Different areas of the brain are active when we read. We extract visual information that is correlated with sound to get meaning.
Reading does not just involve learning the letters. You have to understand and recognize the words, too. Skilled readers learn to recognize the whole word as a unit and connect it directly to meaning.
Eureka moments may seem unpredictable and unreplicable. But there are ways to coax these inspired ideas from their hiding places. One of the best is to take a break from thinking about a problem or dilemma.
They are linked to the story of Archimedes and the gold crown ( when he realized while taking a bath that he can use displaced water to assess the density of the king's crown and, therefore, its gold content).
...not distractions. Activities like checking email and watching TV stop our background thinking and do not let the mind wander in places that make for creative insight.