Creative thoughts about… creativity

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Do you think of yourself as not a creative type? Many business people don’t see themselves that way. However, some researchers believe that anyone can innovate! To be more creative, Jonah Lehrer suggests trying these things (in the March 10-11 Wall Street Journal):

1. surround yourself with the color blue

2.perform creative tasks at your non peak time of day

3.  daydream

4. think like a seven year old

5. laugh

6. imagine yourself in a faraway place

7. use generic verbs when problem solving

8. work outside a cubicle

9. see the world/live abroad

10. live in a larger city!

Intriguing, aren’t they? Read more!

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About Jaya Koilpillai Bohlmann
Global corporate communication, business, and organization behavior executive; author. My blog, DesigningCommunication, offers inspiration, insight, and tips for all professionals who want to express themselves effectively, and lead with integrity.

One Response to Creative thoughts about… creativity

  1. Jerry Carducci says:

    When one think about our ‘creative’ abilities (or lack there of) we must think back to our childhood, playtime and the characters we created based on what we saw on television or read in comic books and our interpretation of structures built using Leggo’s and Lincoln Logs. There were no boundries, limits or predjudice.

    As we matured, our educational system and other environmental influences have slowly deprogrammed us of these creative juices. We are taught to think within, not outside, of a specific framework. We are taught to look at a situation and come up with “mature” solutions; to do otherwise to be child-like and immature.

    A good friend and highly respected colleague Pamela Meyer has written a couple of highly recommended books (“From Workplace to Playspace” and, most recently, “Permission; A Guide to Generating More Ideas, Being More of Yourself and Having More Fun at Work” ) were she highlights companies like Google, Threadless and others that bring back the ‘child’ in us and created fun, playful and innovative environments and the impact it has on employee satisfaction, productivity and the bottom line.

    To be competitive today, one must think outside our comfort zones and some times think as we did as a child. But as the author here suggests, all is not lost. We must create or find a space absent of daily stress, barriers and is otherwise conducive to re-igniting our creative side.

    Thanks for sharing Jaya, more great food for thought.

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