Be Different:

Lateral Thinking

Creativity

How To Become Much More Creative: The Art, Science and Practice

 

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Founder, Ten3 Business e-Coach Inspiration and Innovation unlimited!

 

 

 

 

 

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." ~ Albert Einstein

 

 

Steve Jobs' 12 Rules of Success

Creative Thinking: 6 Tips by Edward de Bono

 

5 Rules of Creative Thinking

By William N. Yeomans

  1. Don't let assumptions stifle your capacity. Throw every one of them... More

Creativity: a Function of Resources, Motivation, and Creative Thinking

Innovation vs. Creativity

  • Creativity – coming up with ideas

  • Innovation – bringing ideas to life

6 Barriers To Creative Thinking and Innovation

  • Negative Attitude: The tendency to focus on the negative aspects of problems and expend energy on worry... More

10 Ways To Murder Creativity

  • Ask for a 200-page document to justify every new idea... More

6 Innovation Practice Tips

By: IDEO

The Jazz of Innovation: 11 Practice Tips

 

Twelve Major Causes of Failure in Leadership

How To Lead Creative People

By: Max DePree

  • Innovation is the lifeblood of an organization. Knowing how to lead and work with creative people requires knowledge and action that often goes against the typical organizational structure. Protect unusual people from bureaucracy and legalism typical of organizations... More

Creative Leadership DOs and DON'Ts

  • Don't direct; Inspire... More

Creating a Sustainable Culture of Innovation

An 8-Step Process

  • Tend New Growth: Establish well-placed “innovation spaces” to encourage creative thinking, collaboration, and cross-functional brainstorming... More

Inspiring Corporate Culture: 5 Pillars

 

Entrepreneurial Creativity

Your entrepreneurial creativity is a synergistic combination of your four capabilities:

  1. Creative thinking skills

  2. Cross-functional expertise

  3. Internal motivation... More

Entrepreneurial Creativity (Ten3 Mini-course)

 

Toyota's 10 Management Principles

How To Achieve High Visibility In Your Target Market

10 Strategic Tips

By: Glenn Ebersole

  • Strategic Tip #4: DO commit to and be an idea generator. Highly visible people are seen as resources and people who can really help move a business, an organization and/or ideas forward... More

 

Creativity Defined

A "new" idea is a combination of old elements. Being able to devise new combinations depend on your ability to discern relationships between seemingly disparate items.8

'Creativity is the juxtaposition of ideas which were previously thought to be unrelated.' It is your ability to combine ideas in a unique way or to make useful associations among ideas.

"There is virtually no problem you cannot solve, no goal you cannot achieve, no obstacle you cannot overcome if you know how to apply the creative powers of your mind, like a laser beam, to cut through every difficulty in your life and your work."6

You Are Creative!

Creativity is not about inventing something totally new, it is about making new – synergistic! – connections. You don't have to be a special kind of person to be creative – everyone can do it. It's not about who you are, it's about what you do. You just need to start looking for multiple solutions rather than settling for just one, and give yourself permission to be playful and inquisitive, flexible and versatile.

Psychologists call the activities associated with idea generation "loose associative thinking" processes. Associative thinking is not linear or sequential. It is jumpy. To invent new connections, the maintenance of uncertainty is important for a time. "Closure is a killer; it strangles associative thinking, in favor of arriving at "an answer". Early in the process, leveraging uncertainty, riding it, and valuing it are critical to developing robust ideas."4

An Important Pre-Condition

Although creative people come from varied backgrounds, they all seem to have one thing in common – they love what they are doing.

The Power of Passion

Love What You Are Doing

We were born to do not what we are forced to do, but what we love to do. If you love what you do, you  release your diving creativity. Continuous creative activity and the joy of achievement is a great source of happiness... More

Practice Every Day

How often should you practice if you wish to win the World Tennis Cup: once a month? once a week? every day?

How often should you exercise your right brain's creative muscles if you wish to master your creative skills: once a month? once a week? every day?

Take a Different View

It was by taking a different view of a traditional business that major innovations were achieved.

To find a better creative solution to the current practice, force yourself to reframe the problem, to break down its components and assemble them in a different way... More

Ask Searching Questions

Creativity requires an inquisitive mind. Unless you ask lots of "Why?" and "What If"? questions, you won't generate creative insights. "To avoid this most common of creative errors, be sure to peek under all carpets, including your own. Don't take anything for granted. Especially success. Try looking at the world through more inquisitive eyes; try getting ideas in motion; try asking the all-important: "Why?" See what happens!"7

Inspirational Leadership: 10 Roles

Inspirational leaders create an inspiring culture within their organization. They supply a shared vision and inspire people to achieve more than they may ever have dreamed possible. They are able to articulate a shared vision in a way that inspires others to act. They encourage entrepreneurial creativity and experimentation... More

Innovation-friendly Organization

Be the Best Possible

10 Tips by Ten3 NZ Ltd.

  • Continuous creativity.  Every member of an organisation can be creative. The key towards discovering and maximising your creativity is to be a member of an organisation that offers a work environment that encourages individual and team creativity.  These organisations understand that innovation and creativity are the very source of excellence and quality when applied to customer service, delivery, distribution, sales and marketing and employee productivity, etc... More

Creativity Quotes

"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." Franklin Roosevelt... More

Inspirational Business Plan: Successful Innovation

Targeted Market: "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." Carl Jung... More

Humorous Business Plan: How To Succeed In Innovation

Milestones completed and future plans: "If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." Albert Einstein... More

 

Learn and Develop Creativity...

The Creative Thinking Process...

Lateral Thinking – Looking for Wider Solutions...

The Danger of Categorization...

Rules of Creative Thinking...

Creative Thinking Tips...

Systemic Thinking...

10 Secrets of Creativity...

Guide to Your Personal Creativity...

Five Steps to Unleashing Your Creativity...

Creative Problem Solving (CPS)...

Get Smart: Action Exercises...

Creative Visualization...

Mediation as a Source of Your Creative Power...

Creative Leadership...

Creating and Leading an Adaptive Organization...

Managing Creativity in Your Business Environment...

Creative Chaos Environment...

Idea Management...

Cross-pollination of Ideas...

Letting the Best Ideas Win...

Mutual Creativity in Business Partnerships...

 Case in Point  Creative Customer Service in a Furniture Shop...

 Case in Point  Creative Marketing by Half.com...

 Case in Point   IDEO...

 Case in Point   Fun4Biz...

 Case in Point   Innovarsity...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entrepreneurial Creativity (Ten3 Mini-course)

References:

  1. 1000 Things You Never Learned in Business School, William. N. Yeomans

  2. Decision Making and Problem Solving, by John Adair

  3. The NLP Coach, Ian McDermott and Wendy Jago

  4. Radical Innovation, Harvard Business School

  5. Lateral Thinking, Edward de Bono

  6. Get Smart!, Brian Tracy

  7. Creativity, Alexander Hiam

  8. A Technique for Producing Ideas, James W. Young

  9. Unlocking Your Creativity, Brian Tracy

  10. ASIT – Advanced Systematic Inventive Thinking, Roni Horowitz

  11. What Does Creativity Brings To Your Life?, Linda Dessau

  12. The Leader's Guide To Lateral Thinking Skills, Paul Sloane

  13. Creativity, Osho

  14. Strategies of Genius, Volume One, Robert Dilts

  15. True Creativity Comes Out Of Silence, Osho