(You do want to be more creative and successful than your competitors, don’t you?)
Eliminate The Box from Your Thinking
There is no box. There never was a box. The box you were asked to think outside of never existed, a myth. Change from a person that has to be reminded to ‘think outside the box,’ into a person who eliminates the ‘box’ from your thinking, who spouts unexpected ideas generously, who solves problems creatively with generous creative output.
To do this, increase your creative edge, that part of your competitive business edge that depends on creativity and innovation for business success. Fortunately, you can easily boost your creativity skills. A lot depends on the creativity triggers, which I describe throughout my books, and which can lead to a more creative business.
SAVOR YOUR CREATIVITY
I enjoy my creativity. Ideas pop into my head in an erratic stream, adding spice to my life. My creative edge enabled me to write this book and contribute to the quality and excitement of my life.
Savor your creative edge. It will help you succeed at work and enjoy your life. To reveal some dimensions of your own creativity, please finish these statements; we shall refer to them later:
“When I am creating, I feel …”
“The biggest help to my creativity at work is …”
“The biggest obstacle to my creativity at work is …”
“I need the following to be more creative at work …”
No Mystery To Creativity
Creativity is the production of new and useful ideas. To accomplish this, you connect and combine old bits & pieces in your mind, and in your surroundings, into one thought to produce unexpected creative outcomes.
Thus, you convert old ideas into new ideas. You do NOT create new ideas out of nothing. That doesn’t happen.
For example: To invent a clock radio, you must know something about clocks and radios, and connect them in an environment that acts as a catalyst to combine the information into one thought.
Thus, to be creative, you need to have bits & pieces in your mind, and you have to establish an environment so a combination of parts takes place.
What Are Creativity Triggers?
Creativity triggers consist of activities and behaviors that stimulate the production of new and useful ideas. Business people need creativity triggers to develop their creative edge.
Casual creativity triggers vary widely. A chance remark. Deep focus on a problem. Deliberate thought and incubation. Meditation. Serious discussion with other people. Another person’s idea. Dreaming. A shower. A walk in Nature. Riding quietly in a vehicle. Resting. Laughing. Having fun. A relaxed and quiet state. Excitement. These casual triggers succeed now and then to spark new ideas.
In addition, many dozens of targeted, not-so-casual, advanced creativity triggers exist, like brainstorming and brainwriting, and many creativity triggers I describe in my books. These advanced creativity triggers target, focus, and speed up the creative process, so you do not have to wait around and hope for new ideas to appear.
Creative thinking depends on a sequence of creativity triggers. You will find various triggers invaluable when seeking quality solutions to problems.
Creativity triggers, problem-solving, and your creative edge comprise your creative edge. The application of these concepts will enhance your creativity, your new and useful ideas, your creative edge, and future success.
And for additional ways to solve problems creatively at work, check out my book: “CREATIVITY TRIGGERS ARE FOR EVERYONE:
How To Use Your Inventiveness To Brighten Your Life.”
©2017 by Edward Glassman, Ph.D.
ABOUT THIS AUTHOR
Edward Glassman, Professor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, founded the Program For Team Excellence And Creativity at the university.
He was a ‘Guggenheim Foundation Fellow’ at Stanford University, a ‘Visiting Fellow’ at the ‘Center For Creative Leadership’ in Greensboro, NC, a Visiting Professor at the University Of California at Irvine, and a Visiting Scientist at SRI International in Palo Alto, California.
He was the President of the Creativity College®, a division of Leadership Consulting Services, Inc., and has led numerous Creativity & Innovation Meetings and workshops for many companies, including IBM, DuPont, Amoco Chemical, Ciba-Geigy, Hoechst-Celanese, Texaco, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Milliken, Federal-Mogul, Thetford Corporation, Standard Products, and others.