Saturday, November 10, 2018

Does Dissatisfaction Trigger Creativity

An essential aspect of creativity, both at the individual or group level, is the ability to challenge different assumptions, subjective conclusions, or traditional beliefs. 

Creative people are inspired to think and work nearly every day on creating and inspiring; they are not satisfied with conventional thinking and repetitive work; they are motivated to explore new possibilities and keep innovating. Fundamentally creativity is about changes, to pursue a progress or discover a better way to do things. Does dissatisfaction trigger creativity?

Dissatisfaction with the status quo: Innovativeness is the state of mind. It’s about thinking differently, acting differently, delivering differently, adding value differently. Most people consciously or subconsciously protect their status quo. Innovators have the tendency to constantly question the status quo. Innovators need to rise above the status quo and take on a new set of activities that have them involved in creative problem-solving. It requires thinking beyond, outside the box, altering or changing the frame of reference to create previously unconsidered solutions. To be truly creative means challenging norms and beliefs. It is likely that if you are creative, you will challenge the status quo as you push the parameters of the excepted norms of life. Inpatient and skeptical about the “We always do things like that,” mentality, and believe there is always a better way to do things. The next focus must be ideation which can be implemented and not just great wow ideas which one cannot implement.

Limited by conventional wisdom: The conventional mind is bound by its beliefs and general practices. Conventional thinking often refers to “in-the-box” thinking, which is opposite to the “out-of-box” creative thinking. It perhaps works in considerably static industrial age. Often at the society with traditional culture, it usually considers conventional to be wise, and unconventional to be unwise. However, with fast-paced changes and continuous disruptions, in a digital society with more open culture, conventional wisdom has a negative connotation about sticking to the outdated concepts, traditions, cultures, or the old ways to do things. The issue is that with the conventional mind you expect the mediocre result. This is like walking on the treadmill, taking steps, getting stressed but not moving ahead, just wondering what is happening, without a breakthrough. It takes courage to get out of the conventional thinking box, expand the mental boxes and get a better understanding of the current boxes, figuring out which of them makes sense to challenge and then applying creativity tools (exploring, divergence, convergence) to arrive at a useful new box. To move forward, you have to be determined to not get limited by conventional wisdom, make real progress somehow, and it will help to leverage unconventional thinking, methods, or practices, with a better result.

Not happy with the current situation - outdated rules, processes, or practices: Thinking outside the box is all about "rule-breaking," To become creative, you would have to break down some old rules. After breaking the outdated rules, you are "outside the box." The more "unruly" you are, the more creative you are. Because with increasing pace of changes and frequent disruptions, the best practices are outdated sooner than ever and “commonly known” method is no longer working anymore when the circumstances change radically. The practices that are "best" today are almost always not "best" in the future since practices, as well as technologies and markets, are constantly morphing under pressure from the waves of creative destruction that keep business in innovation mode. Thus, dissatisfying the current situation could trigger creativity to discover novel ideas, broaden thoughts and connect wider dots for coming up with alternative solutions to either old or existing problems.

An essential aspect of creativity, both at the individual or group level, is the ability to challenge different assumptions, subjective conclusions, or traditional beliefs. To be creative, you must do something different. With dissatisfaction as the trigger, there’re more possibilities you can discover the new path, experiment the better way, and connect dots to spark creativity.


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