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  • 1. International Journal of Management (IJM), – 6502(Print), ISSN 0976 – 6510(Online) International Journal of Management (IJM), ISSN 0976ISSN 0976 – 6502(Print), ISSN 0976 – 6510(Online) Volume 1, Number 2, July - Aug (2010), © IAEME IJMVolume 1, Number 2, July - Aug (2010), pp. 76-80© IAEME, http://www.iaeme.com/ijm.html ©IAEME PREPARING PEOPLE FOR INNOVATIVE THINKING Dr.N.Shani Professor Karpagam Institute of Technology, Seerapalayam, Coimbatore-641021 ABSTRACT Education has been the instrument in the development of man to enable him live an effective and meaningful life and to contribute towards the development of society in which he finds himself. Education becomes meaningful and grows when a person tries to be innovative. Innovative thinking is inborn and it presents in each individual in different ratios. It can be geared in the young minds of the individual by imparting practical oriented Education, and Training. The influence of Emotional Quotient of the individual for developing innovative thinking plays vital role. INTRODUCTION Learning can be positive, when an experience has been properly digested, so new skills, coping and mastery are developed - or learning can be negative, when the experience is perhaps overwhelming and has not been integrated and so future avoidance patterns become imprinted, what could be termed unskills. So long as you eventually learn from it in a positive way, no experience is wasted. Knowing who you are, self- realisation, is a basic human need. Life is, to a significant degree, for learning - so when things dont go right, when we do wrong, make mistakes, and when we do things right as well - these are all learning opportunities. DIMENSIONS OF CREATIVITY One can approach tasks in ones life in a positive, creative manner or in an ineffectual, at worst destructive manner. These are the various dimensions involved. Challenge: In response to a challenge, the creative person will approach it energetically and with enjoyment. 76
  • 2. International Journal of Management (IJM), ISSN 0976 – 6502(Print), ISSN 0976 – 6510(Online)Volume 1, Number 2, July - Aug (2010), © IAEMEFreedom: A creative person prefers to be independent and is happy to take initiativesand give voice to ideas.Livelines: If someones excitedly busy, happy and humorous theyre probably beingcreative.Openness: Someone with a positive mentality tends to be trusting and considersmistakes as something to learn from.Conflicts: When conflicts arise, a positive, creative person will look for a helpful win-win compromise, which requires willingness to communicate with understanding andempathy.Risk taking: A positive, creative person takes responsibility readily and doesnthesitate to risk acting on new ideas.ENHANCING CREATIVITY Learning to think creatively is the best business survival tool. Research has shownthat regardless of age or education, everyone has the capacity to become more creative.Here are six tips to help you enhance your creativity and stimulate creativity.1. Open Your Mind: Have one new experience every day; no matter how small.New experiences stimulate the brain and help you make new and original connections;critical for boosting breakthroughs.2. Diversify: Involve others in your problem-solving efforts. By using this approach,you’ll be asked “dumb questions” that can often help you question assumptions, and seeyour challenge from a different angle.3. Mental Floss: Take time to clean out your “mental plaque” by flossing daily;unplugging and taking time out to relax. Stress, exhaustion, boredom and even pain canblock our pathways to creativity.4. Stop Looking For the Right Answer: Look for many right answers. Multiplesolution thinking can help you strengthen your creative muscle, while generating moreideas, which always leads to better ideas. 77
  • 3. International Journal of Management (IJM), ISSN 0976 – 6502(Print), ISSN 0976 – 6510(Online)Volume 1, Number 2, July - Aug (2010), © IAEME5. Discover Your Creative Rhythm: Everyone has creative performance peaksdaily. If you aren’t sure, keep a log for a week and jot down what time of day you aremost mentally productive.6. Health Makes Wealth: A wealth of new ideas can be yours if you exerciseregularly and eat well. Regular exercise not only benefits your body, it boosts brainperformance as well.ROLE OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE Only part of our success in life is attributable to intellect. Other qualities: trust,integrity, authenticity, creativity, honesty, presence and resilience, are at least asimportant. These other intelligences are collectively described as Emotional Intelligence.There was a time when IQ was considered the leading determinant of success. Based onbrain and behavioural research, Daniel Goleman argued in his ground-breaking book,Emotional Intelligence, that our IQ-oriented view of intelligence is far too narrow. Instead, Goleman makes the case for emotional intelligence (EQ) being thestrongest indicator of human success. He defines emotional intelligence in terms of self-awareness, altruism, personal motivation, empathy, and the ability to love and be lovedby friends, partners, and family members. People who possess high emotionalintelligence are the people who truly succeed in work as well as play, building flourishingcareers and lasting, meaningful relationships. The good news is that EQ can be learned or developed, its not something yourestuck with. We can develop in ways that can improve our relationships, our parenting,our classrooms, and our workplaces. Our temperaments may be determined byneurochemistry and long-established patterns of behaviour, our genetic and culturalprogramming, but we can recover control. We could turn society on its ear if we learnedto recognize our emotions and control our reactions; if we combined our thinking withour feeling; if we learned to channel our flow of feelings into creative expression, anexpression of love. Emotional intelligence plays an integral role in defining character anddetermining both our individual and group destinies. It involves the ability to monitor 78
  • 4. International Journal of Management (IJM), ISSN 0976 – 6502(Print), ISSN 0976 – 6510(Online)Volume 1, Number 2, July - Aug (2010), © IAEMEones own and others emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use the informationto guide ones thinking and actions. In short, to embrace the power of emotionsintelligently. It involves abilities that may be categorized into five domains:1. Self-awareness: Observing an emotion as it happens; realising the prior ideas and conceptions that underly an emotional response; being open to intuitive insights; emotional honesty - a developed sense of integrity and authenticity.2. Emotional maturity: Facing up to fears and anxieties, anger, sadness and discontent and expressing that energy constructively, whilst retaining spontaneity.3. Self-motivation: Channeling emotional energy in the service of a goal; openness to new ideas; the ability to find breakthrough solutions and to make sound decisions; resilient optimism based on competence; sense of responsibility and personal power to get things done in accordance with what is needed and wanted.4. Empathic understanding: Sensitivity to others feelings and concerns and willingness to respect their perspective; valuing the differences in how people feel about things; the capacity to trust and be trusted, to forgive and be forgiven.5. Quality communication: Managing emotions in others through communication based on empathy and understanding, to build mututal trust; social skills, including constructive handling of disagreements and the ability to create and sustain friendships; leadership effectiveness.CONCLUSION Successful innovation requires a willingness to both honor and break withtradition. People seek the frontiers of creativity and strive to reach higher levels ofconsciousness and wisdom. Creative people: employ them, promote them, go intobusiness with them, make friends with them. Creativity when blended with emotionalintelligent of an individual, becomes the strong tool for developing competent individual. 79
  • 5. International Journal of Management (IJM), ISSN 0976 – 6502(Print), ISSN 0976 – 6510(Online)Volume 1, Number 2, July - Aug (2010), © IAEMEREFERENCE: Goleman .D : 1998 : Working with Emotional Intelligence Bantam Books. Swami (Dr) Parthasarathy, 2007: “Transforming Personality Emotional Intelligence to Spiritual Intelligence”. Ane Books India , New Delhi. Dalip Singh,, 2001, Emotional Intelligence at Work- A professional Guide, Response Books, New Delhi. Spencer and Spencer Richard H. Rosier (ed.), :1994 and 1995 : Emotional Competence Framework : The Competency Model Handbook, Volumes One and Two (Boston : Linkage,) 80

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