Creativity In You

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Creativity In You

  1. 1. Creativity: It’s In You! Melissa Eystad World Spirit Consulting
  2. 2. Session Overview <ul><li>Definition of Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Why We Need Creativity and Problem-Solving Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise -What are Your “Creative Smarts”? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Methods and Tools That Develop Creativity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphic visualization of your thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brain-storming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think “As If” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Team Problem-Solving Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Resources on Creativity and Problem-solving </li></ul>
  3. 3. Definitions   <ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Characterized by or productive of new things or new ideas : ingenious , innovative , innovatory , inventive , original </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities   </li></ul><ul><li>Potentiality for favorable or interesting results, such as : The idea has great possibilities . </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Are Your “Creative Smarts”? <ul><li>Verbal/linguistic -- the ability to manipulate words in their oral or written form </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematical/logical -- the ability to manipulate number systems and logical concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Spatial -- the ability to see and manipulate patterns and designs </li></ul><ul><li>Musical -- the ability to understand and manipulate musical concepts such as tone, rhythm, and harmony </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Are Your “Creative Smarts”? <ul><li>Bodily-kinesthetic -- the ability to use one’s body and movement, as in dance or sports </li></ul><ul><li>Intrapersonal – the ability to understand one’s feelings and to be reflective and philosophical </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal – the ability to understand other people and their thoughts and feelings </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why We Need Creativity <ul><li>To adapt to changing situations, environment </li></ul><ul><li>To contribute our uniqueness to the outside world </li></ul><ul><li>To innovate, grow and develop </li></ul><ul><li>To solve challenging problems </li></ul><ul><li>To survive! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Remember: When you do what you’ve always done You get what you always got!
  8. 8. Barriers to Creativity <ul><li>Being too busy or too involved with a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Having conflicting purposes </li></ul><ul><li>(Internal) fear of criticism </li></ul><ul><li>(Internal) lack of confidence </li></ul><ul><li>(Internal) state of mind/level of stress </li></ul><ul><li>A boring environment that does not feed the senses </li></ul><ul><li>Demands for quick results </li></ul><ul><li>Harsh words (from others or ourselves) </li></ul><ul><li>Rigid rules and barriers that prevent us from gathering information or connecting with others </li></ul><ul><li>OUR BELIEF THAT WE ARE NOT CREATIVE </li></ul>
  9. 9. Methods and Tools that Develop Creativity <ul><li>Graphic visualization of your thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Think “As If” </li></ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul>
  10. 10. Graphic Visualization <ul><li>Mindmapping unlocks the potential of the brain </li></ul><ul><li>Gives you a “picture” of the problem—and the possibilities </li></ul>
  11. 11. Brainstorming <ul><li>Define problem or issue to be addressed </li></ul><ul><li>Generate lots of possible solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Decide what criteria must be met for viable options </li></ul><ul><li>Rate ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Select most promising </li></ul>
  12. 12. Think “As If”…. <ul><li>Forces you to examine the issue from perspectives other than your own </li></ul><ul><li>Think of a current work challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly state the problem </li></ul><ul><li>Propose solutions from the perspective of specific people </li></ul>
  13. 13. Other Ideas <ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Journaling is a great way to capture those thoughts and ideas that never get spoken. So is doodling! </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas on the run </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a small digital recorder with you everywhere, just in case you get that flash of inspiration. </li></ul><ul><li>Jordan Ayan’s* 10 Strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play and Humor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power-thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go inward </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find your creative soul </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From Aha! 10 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas 1997 Three Rivers Press New York </li></ul>
  14. 14. Team Activities <ul><li>Survivor </li></ul><ul><li>Fashion Show </li></ul>
  15. 15. Resources on Creativity <ul><li>www. destinationimagination .org (global creative problem-solving competitions for children) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>www. higherawareness .com/creativity. shtml (free email newsletter) </li></ul><ul><li>www.brainstorming .co.uk (more information on how to do brainstorming) </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity Web-resources for creativity and innovation at http://members. ozemail .com.au/~caveman/Creative/index2.html . </li></ul>

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