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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Promoting Creativity

A nice article by Sydney Finkelstein on building your creativity and innovation, trapping ideas, placing yourself in different environments to promote creativity, and some simple steps to follow. 

"The rest of us needn’t wait for the muse to strike. We can be much more proactive. Think about the work you do, or the challenge you are facing, and ask yourself these questions: 

  • How can you do it differently?
  • What can you borrow or how can you adapt ideas from other places to your needs?
  • What could you add to make your product, or job, more valuable?
  • What can you eliminate?
  • How can you change the pattern, or re-arrange the process, to create something new?
There’s nothing sacrosanct about these questions; others are possible. Sometimes just starting with a mindset that gives you permission to “do it differently” can start the floodgates."