Boost creativity: tips, tricks, creativity techniques for practitionersImagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will – George Bernard Shaw
Creativity is demanded in many places, promoted at a few. But what can creativity do? Here you will find tips, tricks, and instructions for creativity techniques and creativity tools.
Creativity may be a human reflex, but it can be disarmed if it is not promoted.
What is creativity?
What exactly is creativity anyway? Take a look to see what it means to be creative and why this skill is such a valuable one to have. I ask Vulcan Spock, Commander of the starship Enterprise what creativity is, and he answers; “Creativity describes the ability of an individual or a group to think and act in imaginative, creative, and associative ways to make a meaningful contribution to problem-solving.” The answer doesn’t satisfy me, what do you think?
New approach: Creativity is the creative ability that is expressed in action or thought and is characterized on the one hand by novelty and originality, and on the other by a meaningful and recognizable connection to the solution of technical, humanistic, or sociopolitical problems. Well, that is not more understandable either.
What exactly is creativity?
Creativity may be a human reflex, but it can be disarmed if it is not encouraged.
It is so frequently loudly claimed that innovations are a decisive element in securing the existence of companies. If this is true, then it is necessary to clarify how companies are shaped so that creative thinking can take place.
There are examples of companies that have searched and found answers to this question. Some have changed the conditions around their employees and opened up to the outside world. As a reward, some of them experience a creative boost. As a result, a number of smaller and larger innovations have emerged.
Is creativity really that important?
Creativity is often challenged, less often really encouraged. It is astonishing that creativity is demanded in many places and actually promoted in a few places. Why this contradiction?
What is the real truth behind the supposed miracle weapon of creativity? Are there only advantages or does creativity also have a dark side in companies? Where there are opportunities, there are often risks.
Creativity can be encouraged with the right creative tools. Here is a list of some creativity techniques that I can train you in.
- 6-3-5 Method
- Anonymous brainstorming
- Didactic brainstorming
- Imaginary brainstorming
- Collective notebook
- Mind mapping
- Open space
- Osborn Checklist
- Six perspectives
- Inversion method
- Walt Disney Strategy
Some of these creativity techniques can be used by a single person or in a group. In the descriptions with step-by-step instructions (on www.karstennoack.de in German), you can find out how exactly this works. Even better: invent your very own creativity technique! And if you would like support in brainstorming and advancing your ideas, just give me a call.
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Whether as an engineer or as a manager, privately, professionally and since 1998 in self-employment; hardly anything is possible without creativity. In coaching and my specialization (to help them present themselves and their message compelling – in conversations and presentations) creativity is very important. For years, I have offered workshops on creativity and creativity techniques and moderated creative processes. Benefit from my experience in marketing, psychology, and communication.
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What my Clients say
It was inspiring to work with you! I developed my business model and enjoy the insights. Thank you!
I was looking for a creative coach with a background in marketing. Karsten has been sensitive, thoughtful, wise and asked the right questions at the right time. Creativity is all about thinking in new and different ways. He helped me take a step back to see the bigger picture. Then he helped me set out the steps I needed to take so I could achieve my ambitions.
I had a book to write to a deadline and with that coaching I was able to crush a lot of those creative blocks and be more productive. You helped me become clearer and more confident as an author.
Frequently asked questions
What is creativity?
Creativity is the ability to generate or identify ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.
Why is creativity so important?
Creativity opens the mind, it helps us to view and solve problems more openly and with innovation. It broadens our perspectives and can help us overcome prejudices. Creativity can help the world a better, more beautiful, more friendly place. And it feels good to be creative.
Is everyone creative?
Aphantasia: Living without mental images.
Most people consider it normal to be able to visualize. But a small percentage of humanity does not have this ability. We call this Aphantasia. This is what this article is about.
22 ways to ask better questions
Ask better questions, and as a result, you get better answers. Questions are the best way to gain more perspectives and develop more innovative solutions. Here are some recommendations for better questions because they lead to insights, creativity, and excellent leadership.
Are you a hero or a mere dreamer? Start doing and stop dreaming.
Dreaming is a good starting point for a challenging journey. But dreaming isn’t enough without actions. Wishful thinking is hoping for something and waiting for someone else to make it happen. Be a hero, because we need a lot of them!
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Published: June 21, 2001
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 10, 2019
Translation: August 10, 2019
German version: https://www.karstennoack.de/kreativitaet/
Creativity is so important. Creativity is a way of living life that embraces originality and makes unique connections between seemingly disparate ideas. To change the world we need a lot of better ideas.