What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to view the same things as the rest of us, yet see something different? You Are Creative. 2 Creative Thinking Is Work. Such dualistic thinking is limiting.



This is true whether the individuals are inventors, artists, writers, scientists, designers, businesspeople, or everyday people fantasizing about a better life. To see this for yourself, quickly name the first five birds you can think of. One approach is a creative-thinking technique used by Walt Disney which allowed his vivid imagination to explore extraordinary ideas and concepts. There is a clear relationship between wishful thinking and creativity.


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Fixedness: Your Main Barrier to Creative Thinking

Innovation in Practice

How do you develop your creativity? As much as you want to or need to be creative, sometimes, there’s something that seems to block it. And one common barrier to creativity is this condition called fixedness.

Creative Thinking Exercise – The New-and-Improved, Surf-to-Turf


Sometimes, we get to design a creative thinking exercise that seems like so much fun during its development that it causes me to continually smile and giggle. It combines the Shrimp creative thinking exercise , the ultra-popular-at-Brainzooming mad face emoji, the extreme creativity and celebratory slogan (“Winner, winner chicken dinner”) of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives , and one of our favorite products: orange, “I Am Creative,” notes to self socks.

Design Thinking Is Not A Safe Way To Be Creative


“If you think design thinking is a cookie-cutter, templatised way to “safely” be creative, think again.” Most people don't pick design as a profession because they need structures, definitions and measurable progress.

Thinking Creatively in a World of Normality

Phil McKinney

Blog Culture Leadership creative skill creative thinking critical thinking design thinking leadership normalThe world is a place of normality. It's the place where we go to school, work, and come home to our families.

Creative Thinking – We All Have Our “Pizza Meeting” Weak Spots


What’s a “pizza meeting,” and what does it have to do with creative thinking? Back in the Fortune 500 days, we facilitated so many strategic planning workshop sessions we gave up renting creativity-oriented offsite locations. We’d make creative thinking happen wherever we could find a large enough meeting room at one of our headquarters locations. To do SOMETHING to make the space a little creative, we’d arrange the tables and chairs every which way.

Creative Thinking Skills Test – Can you bend it like Chuck?


I wanted my creative thinking skills to be strong enough to do the same thing. My reaction that day led to exploring ideas for how to boost my creative thinking skills to make comparable intriguing connections. Creative Thinking Skills Test – Bending the Random to the Planned. When you can connect the pre-planned to the surprising or random, that’s a fantastic indicator your creative skills are delivering! – Mike Brown.

Careers Conducive to Creativity

Idea to Value

Living a creative life is a goal for a lot of people. The idea of spending every day immersed in artistic pursuits exploring opportunities, even gaining a better understanding of what creativity means is exciting. The good news is you can tip the balance further in your creative favor.

Creative Thinking Skills – 9 Fundamentals to Turn Talk into Strategy


9 Creative Thinking Skills to Turn Talk into Strategy. The team leader’s question prompted this list of 9 creative thinking skills that help turn strategic conversations (or even conversations that seem like talking without any particular strategic focus) into something that feels like strategy. Remember that although these creative thinking skills are presented sequentially, they may be used in any order.


Michael Michalko

One of the paradoxes of creativity is that in order to think originally, we must first familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others. Adaptation is a common and inescapable practice in creativity. One day he and I had a discussion about creative thinking and I brought up the principle of adaptation. One day he was thinking about his olive oil problem while he played with his ball point pen.

Creative Thinking Exercises – 2 Ways to Create Innovation Workshop Inspiration


They requested a follow-up innovation workshop to inspire bigger, further out thinking. We brought two specific inspirations to the innovation workshop: extreme and analogy-based creative thinking exercises. Using these creative thinking exercises, we pushed them to forget (temporarily) what they have been doing and re-imagine the situation from different perspectives. Here are a few: A leader’s “no” to innovation isn’t necessarily throttling new thinking.

6 Creative Innovation Exercises for Online Whiteboards


Innovation is a process that relies heavily on creativity and individual thinking, and these are things that don’t come easily. Advantages of Creative Thinking Exercises. Here are some of the advantages of using creative thinking exercises.

Unlocking Innovation with Data, Creativity, and Automation

Tullio Siragusa

Unlocking Innovation with Data, Creativity, and Automation. For some, it may be through hard work and determination, while others may find success through innovation with creativity, data, and automation. Creativity. To innovate, you must be creative.

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Design Thinking Human-centered Approach to Innovation

Tullio Siragusa

Design Thinking Human-centered Approach to Innovation. This is where Design Thinking steps in to create better solutions, services, and experiences to solve our current problems. . Design Thinking for Innovation.

The limitations, criticisms and new pathways for Design Thinking – Part One

Paul Hobcraft

Let me summarize where we are today in design thinking. In the past couple of weeks, I have been spending a fair amount of time on investigating design thinking. This is part one of my thoughts that came out of investigating and researching design thinking in the past couple of weeks. Within two posts, I want to provide my outcomes, bridging the present and pointing towards a better design thinking future, in my opinion urgently needed.

Jumping to a fresh cycle of innovation design

Paul Hobcraft

I have argued in the past that innovation management needs to radically adjust and needs to be designed differently, it needs to be highly adaptive. In my opinion, it needs to be based on the thinking around the shift from products to solutions, from transactions to building far more value-adding ongoing relationships, from a supplier of product services into highly valued network partnerships, exploring innovation across all options.

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The limitations, criticisms and new pathways for Design Thinking – Part two

Paul Hobcraft

This is part two of my thoughts that came out of investigating and researching design thinking in the past couple of weeks. Within these two posts, I want to provide my thoughts, bridging the present and pointing towards a better design thinking future, one that in my opinion, is urgently needed. I think design thinking seems presently fairly messy and I feel is in need of a complete reset. Where Design Thinking Can Earn its Place.

How the Creative Mind Works

Michael Michalko

There are, for example, remarkable similarities between the mysteries of how our creative mind works and what quantum physicists have observed in their studies of the universe. This may be the same mental process that creates the “Aha” experience or divine inspiration that creative thinkers report. Renowned physicist, David Bohm, suggested parallels between this activity of quantum physics with subatomic particles and how the creative mind processes thought.

Innovative Innovation Meetings: Formats, Designs, and Examples


Design more innovative innovation meetings that boost creativity and strengthen engagement. They can be too passive, boring, yield few ideas (and even fewer creative innovations), last too long, and result in too much discussion and too little action.

Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

Creative Thinking Can Be Trained. Train Creativity First, Innovation Next . I think I need the mental equivalent of a shot of wheatgrass. My new message about innovation is — get back to basics first — and that means the spark of it all, creativity. Yes, I’m an innovation writer, trainer, and consultant, AND, without a creative culture you’re building innovation on a mound of sand. It’s not creativity AND innovation.

Why are some people creative and others not?

Michael Michalko

The key question isn’t “Why are some people creative and others not?” It is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Why does education inhibit creativity? Why can’t educators foster more creativity instead of less? Why is it that the more expert people become in their fields, the less creative and innovative they become? Once we think we know how to get the answer, based on what we have been taught, we stop thinking.

8 Pieces of Creative Advice from a Great and Horrible Client


Short Story: When it comes to creativity, start with and return to the underlying strategy ; that’s the most important piece of creative advice I have to offer. I’ve been trying to let go of some creative reins on the Brainzooming brand. This transition forces me to formally communicate aspects of the Brainzooming brand, including strategic assumptions and brand personality, vocabulary, design standards, and other elements that have only been in my head until now.


Michael Michalko

Simply put, the key to increasing creativity in any organization is to make it start acting like a creative organization. Similarly, you and your organization will become more creative if you start acting the part.

3 Creative Thinking Skills Ideas from Gas Can 2016


Last Friday’s Gas Can Creative Conference sponsored by AAF-KC (American Advertising Federation – Kansas City) was a half-empty gas can, at best. While there were a few presentations and ideas to stimulate our creative thinking skills, there were far too few for an all-day event. 3 Creative Thinking Skills Ideas from Gas Can 2016. Today, here are three valuable creative thinking skills ideas no matter where your creative community is located.



One of the paradoxes of creativity is that in order to think originally, we must first familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others. Adaptation is a common and inescapable practice in creativity. MICHAEL MICHALKO AUTHOR OF THE BEST-SELLING BOOK ON CREATIVITY THINKERTOYS



Simply put, the key to increasing creativity in any organization is to make it start acting like a creative organization. Similarly, you and your organization will become more creative if you start acting the part.

Pair Artificial Intelligence with a Human Touch, And You’re Sure to Thrive

Daniel Burrus

Now, you may think that in this case, the Skip It Principle somehow directly applies to a company quickly assuming their product is faulty because the customer says so. I’ve written extensively about soft skills that humans excel at over computers , which include creative critical thinking.

The Origins of Design Thinking

Business Innovation Design

Design thinking is created not only because Tim Brown coined the word that became a buzzword. Design thinking is created because big corporation lack the ability to be creative and on extreme cases, aren't able to create new products and services that meet unmet needs of their customers. Because of 20th century education system that fostered dominant logic and disregard creativity, people grew up with an overpowered mindset and skill-set of managing value.

There Is a Secret to Creative Success for Everyone


I explained to them that no matter who we bring into an in-person Brainzooming workshop, we design the questions and exercises so that EVERYONE will be successful participating. It’s like the secret to creative success for everyone ! If you want to collaboratively engage your team (or multiple teams) in a strategic and creative thinking process in which any of them can discover the secret to creative success, then it’s time to contact us.

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Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

Frameworks assume: engaged leadership, talent on the team, day to day creativity, curiosity, and domain knowledge. You will fail with: Lean, Agile, Design Thinking, TRIZ, Stage-Gate, Osborn-Parnes CPS, KILN’s FuseTrail, or a homegrown/blended framework. Seven Innovation Fundamentals: Applying creative thinking to problems. There is no innovation without creativity. Think about the vibe or overall morale of your organization.

Could Repeated Practice Reduce Creativity?

Michael Roberto

The Contrasting Effects of Repeated Practice on Creativity." These scholars asked the question: "Could repeatedly 'exercising' the creativity muscle help build up creative performance over time?" That damages divergent thinking capabilities, unfortunately.

Creative Problem Solving Techniques Training


Explore creative problem solving techniques, activities, and articles. One such approach is creative problem solving, a methodology focused on divergent thinking. Learn more about this methodology and discover creative problem solving techniques, activities, and more articles to read below. . What is Creative Problem Solving? Creative problem solving (CPS) is a method that encourages you to find new perspectives and come up with innovative solutions.

Creative Diversity – What group will drive implementation success?


I attended a presentation on cultivating a creative culture delivered by Michael Perman, formerly of Gap, at The Marketing Conference last week in San Francisco. During his keynote, Perman discussed twenty-plus three-day creativity sessions he organized while at Gap. ndspark, the sessions brought together thirty team members from The Gap in three-day “mini-TED conferences” to capitalize on creative diversity.

Creative and critical thinking in innovation

Norbert Bol

Design thinking was suggested, but also it was suggested that the issues in our current economy should not be thought of as problems to be solved, but should be approached as conditions to be managed as if they were a chronic disease. Looking at the feedback received, there were many creative ideas to make further progress towards a circular economy but there was also reasoning about the issues and ideas. Creative and critical thinking: Independent or overlapping components?

What’s Killing our Creativity?

Rmukesh Gupta

At that time, I just let that pass but his question kept coming back to me making me think about what would my behaviour be in such a situation? And the more creative we are, the better the solution could be. The facilitator sets up the context and wants us to come up with creative ideas that could potentially solve the issue at hand. We try to come up with some regular ideas, that are neither surprising nor creative.

Unique, Discounted Products to Unleash Your Creative Mojo

Idea Champions

What previously I sold only to forward thinking organizations , I am now making available to the general public. My creativity-sparking materials are time-tested, easy to use, and get results.

Here’s how you can come up with outside the box innovations

Innovation Excellence

If you’ve been working in innovation for at least some time, you’re probably sick and tired of hearing people talk about “thinking outside the box”, or the need to create “outside the box innovations”. First principles thinking. Constraints create creativity. Think bigger.

Creative vs. Strategic Thinking: What’s The Difference?

Idea Drop

There are two distinct (though complementary) ways to work through a problem and develop a solution: we might label them ‘creative thinking’ and ‘strategic thinking’. There are many possible definitions for these two modes of thought, but practically you can think of them in terms of the following principles… The key principles of creative thinking Take your time: a creative thought can strike any time, day or night.

Top Creative Clicks for the Week – Labor Day and Facebook. Is God an Algorithm?


Whatever it is, there are indeed inspirations behind the creative clicks that just pop up on my Facebook page that influence my work everyday. So in honor of Labor Day, this week’s Creative Clicks from Facebook inspire my working mind. As always, finding the creative clicks is as easy as clicking on the title to link to the full article – Marianne Carr. I don’t think I need to say much about this Innovation! Creative Thinking Turns a Problem into a Solution.

Interview #1: Creativity and The Art of REframing (Vlad Dumitrescu-Petric?)

Innovation Walk

Originally from Bucharest (Romania), Vlad teaches this creative thinking concept inspired by personal development, psychology, and renowned creative minds. Check out our conversation to discover more about the REframe workshop and Vlad’s perspective on creativity and innovation. “Creativity” is a word widely used in different contexts. What does creativity mean to you? In order to innovate, you have to call creativity in the process.

Can you learn to be more creative?

Innovation in Practice

So my definition would be, in order for a certain idea to be creative, it must possess two major components. So, if it is just something new, but doesn't offer any benefit, it is not necessarily a creative idea.". This semester, nearly 300 students are learning how to crank out more creative ideas in Schrift's class titled "Creativity: Idea Generation & the Systematic Approach for Creativity." Creativity on demand. Design it out.


Michael Michalko

. Simply put, the key to increasing creativity in any organization is to make it start acting like a creative organization. Similarly, you and your organization will become more creative if you start acting the part. Following are 15 suggestions to encourage you and your colleagues to start becoming more creative today. Each time a person comes up with a creative idea, he or she receives a ticket. CREATIVE CORNER. ICONS OF CREATIVITY.