creativity @ work 4 THINKING

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creativity @ work 4 THINKING

  1. 1. Creativity @ the Workplace THINKING
  2. 2. Thinking is not intelligence. Thinking unintelligently = ends in outcome Intelligence – Thinking = useless
  3. 3. Thinking is not a function of education. Educated = not necessarily good thinkers
  4. 4. Thinking = not sum of info Knowledge hoarding
  5. 5. Thinking is more than LOGIC Look, explore, choose, design, evaluate, hunches
  6. 6. Thinking Automated / autopilot
  7. 7. The human tendency is to consciously think only by exception ~Stephen Reid~
  8. 8. Our brain • Conserve energy  patterns of thought and behaviour
  9. 9. Our brain • Conserve energy  danger
  10. 10. When learning something new, it is an extensive from a previous knowledge or a completely new knowledge? Suspending knowledge is worthwhile.
  11. 11. Types of Thinking • Compound thinking – Associational – Relational • Habit thinking – Overlearnt – Habit + Associational / Relational = rigid – Obscure conscious attention, blinding (new) info
  12. 12. Types of Thinking • Figural = images, figures, people, places, things, memory, imagination • Semantic = verbal info, spoken / written, rhythmic, frequency, syntax, rules, cultural • Symbolic = signs, characters, letters, tokens, musical notation
  13. 13. Types of Thinking • Positional thinking – Time --- past / present / future – Physiological influence – Availability
  14. 14. Thinking Left Right rational abstract logical creative critical imaginative analytical intuitive
  15. 15. Fundamentals in Thinking Understanding Manipulating Generating • Recall • Summarize • Symbolize • Categorize • Role-taking • Analyze • Apply • Induce • Deduce • Solve • Brainstorm • Synthesize • Predict • Evaluate • Question
  16. 16. Logical & Creative Thinking • Dependent on each other • Past experiences • Increase opportunities
  17. 17. Creative Thinking Analytical • • • • • Logic Unique Few answers Convergent Vertical • • • • Creative Imagination Many possible answers / ideas Divergent Lateral
  18. 18. Creative Thinking Analytical Creative
  19. 19. Design Analytical Constructive Left / Right Brain Linear Thinking Converge / Diverge Lateral Parallel Critical Logical
  20. 20. Thinking Processes perceiving imagining recalling Judging conceiving comparing reasoning analyzing
  21. 21. Perception determines what we know; judgment decides what we know about what we know. Philip Goldberg
  22. 22. We are beginning to realize that most of the trouble with our thinking results from our inability to do anything about this first stage Edward de Bono
  23. 23. Thinking Stages Judgement Perception
  24. 24. Jung’s Psychological Functions sensation feeling thinking intuition
  25. 25. Are you intuitive?
  26. 26. Bloom’s Taxonomy
  27. 27. Divergent vs Convergent Basic Thinking Patterns
  28. 28. Types of Patterns • • • • • • Sequences Cycles Processes Similarities Probabilities Maps
  29. 29. “the purpose of perception is to allow patterns to form and then to use them… the purpose of thinking is to find familiar pattern and so remove the need to think any more” ~ Edward de Bono ~
  30. 30. Capturing new ideas, engaging in challenging tasks, broadening knowledge, interacting with stimulating people and places ~ enhance brain’s ability to innovate Robert Epstein, PhD Director Emeritus of Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, 2008
  31. 31. Seventy-four city employees in Orange County, California, participated in creativity training consisting of exercises that focused on these four proficiencies. Eight months after the training, the employees increased their rate of new idea generation by 55%, brought in more than $600,000 in new revenue, and saved about $3.5 million through innovative cost reductions.
  32. 32. RECOGNIZE THAT EVERYONE HAS THE ABILITY TO BE CREATIVE
  33. 33. CHANGE YOUR CURRENT PATTERNS OF THINKING
  34. 34. The ‘Whole Brain’ Thinking More concrete Convergent Thinker Pragmatic CORTEX / THINKING SELF More abstract Conceptual Analytical Synthesizing Fact based Quantitative Visual Sequential Emotional Humanistic Detailed Expressive Planned Divergent Thinker Metaphoric Organised Realistic / Common Sense Logical Musical Conserve Feelings LIMBIC / FEELING SELF Idealistic Intuitive Expressing Feelings Instinctual / Spiritual

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