Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The New Book “100 Creativity Ingredients” Introduction Chapter 3 Knowledge and Capability Ingredients

The only sustainable competitive advantage is the ability to think differently, grow and prosper by continually learning, innovating, adapting and evolving.

Creativity has just become indispensable. There is a philosophical connection between knowledge and creativity. Curiosity stimulates a need to gain knowledge, and knowledge is not just about the book knowledge, but intuitive knowledge and professional capability feed the imagination. At present days, we cannot separate knowledge and creativity if we want to stay competitive on the market. Innovation can happen everywhere; it is our gift as humans; a great deal of what defines us as humans, and creativity is one of the most needed professional capabilities in the digital age.

Learning Agility: Learning is a process and everyone has an enormous capacity to learn. Learning is multidimensional, dynamic, interactive and integrated. The mind with learning agility likes to experiment and is comfortable with changes. It can move out of the comfort zone, take risks, and learn from mistakes. learning agility is an important element to spark creativity. Learning agility is related to manage things such as flexibility, changeability, robustness, sensitivity, comprehensiveness, speed, or responsiveness etc. These are the multi-dimensional competencies to formulate creative, unconventional alternatives or solutions to resolve problems, to show versatility and flexibility in response to unpredictable or unanticipated circumstances.

Problem-solving: Creativity is the discovery of what has not yet been seen nor manifested. Creativity is to find better ways to do things. Creativity is a solution to a problem. Creativity is as much defined by the problem as by the capacity of the individual to connect things to resolve that problem in new and sometimes unexpected ways. There is as much creative thinking that goes into problem identification as solution finding. Creativity is the ability to both frame the questions and solve problems. In fact, framing the right problem is equally or even more important than solving it. Creative problem-solving starts with creative communication that sets alternative choices, and then you have to make the best decisions you can, based on connecting unusual dots, identifying and prioritizing alternative solutions.

Pattern understanding: Pattern thinking and perception are critical ingredients of creativity. If you look at patterns, you will find that they are containers for describing relationships because that is what gives them their sense. They are defined as “solutions to problems in a context.” What could be in stronger relationship to us than something that solves a problem for us, pattern understanding is the type of problem-solving thinking. We “know” a lot of things, we also “know” that the multitude of these things is not necessarily just “true,” they might be potentially true, potentially partially true, potentially possibly true. Or we have “knowledge” about things that we do not necessarily know what is “true,” but instead of “what is not true.” Pattern thinking does help to solve such jigsaw puzzles creatively. Pattern thinking requires you to keep your eyes open and keep your mind out of the box in order to shape the bigger box and actively seek out new ideas wherever you can discover them.

Creativity is one of the most needed professional capabilities. And innovation is about progress whether it’s about new products, services, solutions, new sounds and music, new ways of reading and publishing, new ways of educating the future of generations, etc. And the only sustainable competitive advantage is the ability to think differently, grow and prosper by continually learning, innovating, adapting and evolving.


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