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Critical Thinking and Rejection of Risk

Posted: May 15, 2014-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: critical thinking, science-Tags: ideas, thinking

A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush. A penny saved is a penny earned. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The English language is filled with countless expressions, sayings and proverbs that give voice to mankind’s natural aversion to risk. People are constantly weighing the risk of an action versus […]

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Mother Nature – The Undisputed Queen of Creativity

Posted: April 30, 2014-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: creativity, constraints, be more creative-Tags: creativity, nature, ideas

  To think of good ideas, you need to generate lots and lots of bad ideas. To see evidence of this theory in action, you need to look no further than Mother Nature. Since coming up with her first idea several billion years ago, Mother Nature has been an idea-generating machine. Dinosaurs with feathers? Check. […]

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Can Creativity Be Learned?

Posted: April 23, 2014-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Uncategorized

Whenever the subject of teaching creativity comes up, you can be assured that there will be a massive and, at times, contentious debate. In my experience, two types of people often comprise the “creativity can’t be taught” contingent. The first type is the person who would like to absolve themselves of any creative ability. They […]

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Creativity and Circadian Rhythms

Posted: April 18, 2014-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: creativity, be more creative, science-Tags: creativity, creative, scientific

  Whenever I’m asked to give advice to young creative professionals, I always encourage them to find ways to maximize their creative potential. No one is at their creative peak all the time. It’s natural to have ebbs and flows in creativity throughout the day. By paying careful attention to when these times typically occur, […]

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You Hate Creativity, Even If You Don’t

Posted: April 10, 2014-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: creativity, biases

You hate creativity. Yes, you. What’s that? You’ve never hated anything in your life? In fact, you’ve got an idea for a novel you’ve been meaning to write. Well, I guess you like creativity and creative things after all. Except you don’t. In 2010, IBM commissioned a study of 1500 business executives from 60 countries […]

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The Power of Why? Critical Thinking and Creativity

Posted: March 31, 2014-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: critical thinking

    Socrates is often considered to be one of the fathers of critical thinking. As one of the greatest logicians of all time, he used his considerable mental prowess to quiz his students with his namesake methodology – Socratic Questioning. Socrates once said,“ I know that I know nothing.” And Socratic Questions encourages us […]

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Green Eggs and Handcuffs: How Constraints Drive Creativity

Posted: March 12, 2014-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: creativity, constraints-Tags: creativity, creative thinking, creative constraints

  Imagine you were challenged to write a book using a limited selection of words. You could use them as many times as needed to tell your story, but you’d be limited to the number you agreed upon. How many would you need? One thousand? Challenging, but certainly doable. Five hundred? A little tougher, but […]

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Planning A Brainstorm From A to Z – Part 2

Posted: July 13, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Free Content, Articles

    In Part 1, we discussed that if you’re looking for creativity and innovation, you need to have a plan. We also covered from A to M. If you missed Planning A Brainstorm From A to Z – Part 1, start with Part 1 first. In Part 2, we complete our brainstorm checklist that […]

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Planning A Brainstorm From A to Z – Part 1

Posted: June 16, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Articles

Image used under Creative Commons license. Image linked to original work. Perfect brainstorms don’t just happen. If you’re looking for creativity and innovation, you need to have a plan. You need to orchestrate your brainstorm session to make sure you meet the goal you’re trying to achieve. From selecting the right techniques for brainstorming to […]

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Brainstorm Technique #12: Inside The Box

Posted: May 20, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Brainstorm Exercises, Free Content

Image used under Creative Commons license. Image linked to original work. Brainstorm Technique: Inside The Box Outside the box is a vast and intimidating place. With so many possibilities and a blank piece of paper, it can be hard to know where to start. For consumers, it’s called the Paradox of Choice. It’s no different for […]

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