Thursday, July 14, 2016

Three “Interwined” Words to Boost Creativity

Creativity has many “ingredients.” It is the flow, with a full-color spectrum.

Creativity is about connecting the dots. Creativity is a specific way one or some human brains process information that results in unusual combinations of ideas, insights, metaphors, applications, procedures, experience, and sometimes 'things.' Creativity is a multidimensional thought process, higher level thinking capability, and often multidisciplinary association. Here are three intertwined words to spark creativity -the innate ability to create novel ideas, and drive innovations -to transform ideas and achieve its business value.

Ingenuity: Ingenuity is the ability to solve difficult problems, often in the original and creative way. Ingenuity is often connotated with insight or perception. Some say ingenuity is the distant cousin of creativity, ingenuity often demands creativity as a mixed ingredient for puzzle-solving or invention. Being ingenious needs more understanding, not less. It is the qualification to be creative, insightful and inventive. Human ingenuity often involves some most complex thought processes such as creative thinking, Systems thinking, analytical thinking, etc, both individually and collectively. It is one of the important human capabilities to bring evolutionary changes and even revolutionary breakthrough.
Intuition: Intuition is one element for our unconscious process which is created out of our distilled experiences. An intuitive mind has the strength and the willpower to follow the courageous heart, and thus, having the better chance to be creative. Intuition is often called as “gut feeling,” sometimes, not just the emotional side of the mind, or a “fast thinking” scenario, it’s an inner calling, you have to have both sense and sensitivity, listen to it, learn how to liberate self and come up with a new approach to the problem. Intuition is a deeper sense, should be taken as a new insight, a new idea, and a new angle. Then you are courageous enough to follow the gut and curious enough to understand the surroundings. However, everything has pros and cons, intuition can help you "think fast," but pay more attention to the unconscious bias. “Thinking fast,” and “thinking slow,” need to be balanced wisely, in order to leverage intuition for spurring innovation, but avoiding pitfalls and blind spots.

Imagination: Imagination is the seed to grow innovation. Knowledge is limited, but imagination is limitless. Knowledge is narrow, but imagination is wild. A great wealth of knowledge fuels imaginations. However, being creative is not just being knowledgeable, because creativity is about connecting dots, which often seemly unrelated because they are scatted in transdisciplinary, but interconnected domains. Imagination is the ability to expand the boundaries of knowledge and capture insight. That creativity in the human sense is not due to connecting of two shallow pools of knowledge, but the ability to dig deep and to make deep connections and build on those connections. Imagination inspires your learning attitude as well. often imagination blooms at the beginner’s mind; they enjoy experimenting and discovering; there’s no rule to limit their imagination. An open mind leads to imagination, imagination leads to discovery, discovery leads to innovation, and innovation leads to technology advancement and societal progression.

Creativity has many “ingredients.” It is the flow, with a full-color spectrum. It doesn’t live inside a box, but a type of out-of-box thinking. So you have to pull it out of the box and look at it through different lenses. The root of our differences is in the different perceptions and the lenses we use, which we have with respect to creativity or innovations. An essential aspect of creativity, both at the individual or group level, is the ability to challenge assumptions, conclusions, and beliefs, to discover the new path, experiment the better way, or simply just think differently.


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