“Everyone has huge creative capacities. The challenge is to develop them. … everyone has huge creative capacities as a natural result of being a human being.”
— Sir Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
“We all have the capacity to be creative. We just need to search a little deeper to bring it out.”
— Bruce Nussbaum, Creative Intelligence
“It turns out that creativity isn’t some rare gift to be enjoyed by the lucky few — it’s a natural part of human thinking and behavior. In too many of us it gets blocked. But it can be unblocked.”
— Tom Kelley & David Kelley, Creative Confidence
What do you do if you want to become more creative or innovative, but innovation is not one of your traditional job duties?
There is no shortage of ideas these days on innovation. But most of the time it’s about technological innovation like designing new smartphones, creating new technologies, or achieving a medical breakthrough.
What if you’re just looking to find new ideas to develop your business, or advance your career, or bring about change in your government?
Today, nearly everyone needs to think more creatively in order to keep up with change and even hope to stay ahead of the curve.
The above quotes tell us that we all have the potential to unlock our innate creativity and become more creative and innovative.
But how do you do it? In this blog, I suggest that all successful innovators tend to have 7 basic habits. They are listed below, and elaborated upon in this site. They can be made simple, but they are not easy. These habits form the framework for simplifying the ways of thinking that need to be learned, and the new skills needed if you wish to develop these habits:
Focus: Master the Art and Skill of Focusing
Last habit of all, and perhaps the most important. Today focus is everything, especially with the insane level of distractions around you. You don’t need to learn zen, but you do need to become zen-like in your approach to life, work and the goals you’ve set. Read more …
Find Your 3 Key Passions and Creative Confidence
This may surprise you, but the number one habit of innovators has everything to do with their emotions. Read more …
You’ve heard the advice that you should play to your strengths, but that not enough: you must build your strengths further. And build new strengths when your goals call for new ones. Read more …
A Genuine Other-Focus
One of the biggest myths about innovation is that it’s all about creating a new ‘thing.’ False. The greatest innovators have a powerful ‘other’ focus, a committed focus on how they can help others, as this helps ensure you create what people actually want. Read more …
Design Thinking with a Bias Toward Action
Whether you call it design thinking, or creative intelligence, or design doing, or something else, the process is the same. Since the process involves a bias toward action, prototyping and experimenting, we can call it Design & Build Thinking. Read more …
Collaborate to Co-Create
The myth of the lone genius is not only dead. So is the myth that innovation just requires collaboration. It requires a particular kind of collaboration, one where the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts. In other words, where there is real synergy created. And it doesn’t happen by pure chance. Read more …
Learn, Unlearn and Relearn … like a Scientist
In the last century, it was sufficient just to be good at learning. In the 21st century, you need to add two learning skills: unlearning and relearning. And yes, it can be hard. Read more …