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Research: For Better Brainstorming, Tell an Embarrassing Story

It was Alex Osborn, a 1960s advertising executive, who coined the term brainstorming. He passionately believed in the ability of teams to generate brilliant ideas, provided they follow four rules: members should share any idea that came to mind, build on the ideas of others, avoid criticism, and, …

Creativity

How Traveling Can Make You a Stronger Creative Leader

Taking a trip offers mental relaxation and reinvigoration, but it also does wonders for your creativity.<p>Einstein famously described insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."<p>Despite his time-tested insight, we are all guilty of committing insanity, …

Creative people physically see and process the world differently

Those who display a high degree of the openness personality trait may be more creative because of the way they process visual information

Personality

How To Use Creative Thinking In Business

What comes into your mind when you think of creativity? An artist painting beautiful works of art? A designer with imagination and skills for contemporary architecture? An original thinker of the type lauded as a genius? Of course, creativity is all of these, but creative people also think of …

Creativity

Creativity, Not Money, is the Key to Happiness: Discover Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihaly’s Theory of “Flow”

The title of the TED talk above, “Flow, the secret to happiness,” might make you roll your eyes. It does indeed sound like self-help snake oil. But …

Happiness

Can Creativity Be Learned - And Should Normal People Bother?

Teachers have a strong incentive to believe in nurture - that success is made as much as born. The strange exception is creativity, where education …

Where Creativity Comes From

Creativity has enabled humans to conquer every corner of this planet. Indeed our yen for innovation is one of the most salient characteristics of our …

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You Can't Force Your Employees to Be Creative. Here's What to Do Instead

Creativity is a natural process that can be nurtured, harnessed, and cultivated.<p>Forcing creativity rarely works. Staring at a blank page will not only stress you out, but it's highly likely that you won't be able to come up with anything useful. Nothing special comes out of forcing creativity.<p>When …

How Does “Creativity” Translate Across Different Cultures?

A new report shows the variety in attitude and approach to creativity in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, China, and India.<p>What is creativity? What does it mean to be creative? And, assuming you can come up with your own definition, how do you think it differs from others around the …

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Exploding the myth of the scientific vs artistic mind

It’s a stereotype, but many of us have made the assumption that scientists are a bit rigid and less artistic than others. Artists, on the other hand, …

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To boost your creativity, procrastinate

Procrastination, it turns out, may not be such a bad thing after all.<p>The most effective way to tackle a new creative assignment is to put it off for a while, according to psychologist Maria Konnikova.<p>“You’re actually doing the smartest and most productive thing in the world if you waste time,” she …

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A psychologist looked at over 50 years of research on creativity — here’s what he found

In his new book "Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise", psychologist Anders Ericsson and journalist Robert Pool distill an impressive body of research on "mastering almost any skill."<p>Indeed, deliberate practice can help you master new skills.<p>Deliberate practice involves a series of …

Creativity

The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take …

Schadenfreude

Want to Be More Creative? Get Bored

Scientists and this mega best-selling author agree on the big-time benefits of being bored.<p>Here's a question for you. What do you do when you're waiting in line at the store, sitting in a traffic jam on the highway, or otherwise have a few minutes of time to pass and have nothing else to do?<p>If …

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The Wolff Olins Report

At Wolff Olins, we’ve always been lucky to count the world’s most ambitious leaders as clients.<p>But leadership practice doesn’t stand still – it’s …

Identity

Big data and creativity: What we can learn from 'House of Cards'

Data and creativity can work really well together. Don’t believe me?<p>On February 1, 2013, a TV series called <i>House of Cards</i> debuted on the video streaming service Netflix. It proved an immediate hit. Two years later, it has a nine out of 10 rating from more than 275,000 reviewers. Those numbers place …

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How To Tap The Only Three Types Of Creativity

There are three and only three ways to create. They come from connective, component and blank page creativity. That’s it. Those three. If you want to “<i>make new things or think of new ideas</i>” as Webster defines creativity, you must do one of these three.<p>• Do you see disparate things you can pull …

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Linda Hill: How to manage for collective creativity

What's the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, …

Genius

How to Be Creative, According to Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso and Stephen King

Creativity isn’t some esoteric quality that only the Bob Marleys and Salvador Dalís of the world possess — it’s a learnable, trainable skill that can …

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The Bias Against Creativity - Behavioral Scientist

As Asimov declared in his famous 1959 essay on creativity and idea generation, “The world in general disapproves of creativity.”<p>The idea that both …

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Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?” - MIT Technology Review

Note from Arthur Obermayer, friend of the author:<p><i>In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston. The company was an MIT</i> …

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Left or Right Brain Test (aka. "left brain right brain test")

aka. "left brain right brain test"<p>The idea of delineation of tasks between the left and right brain is not just an idea people have thrown around – …

The Brain

Why the Creative-Thinking Industry Will Fail

<i>This article is part of</i> <i>Future Tense</i><i>, a collaboration among</i> <i>Arizona State University</i><i>,</i> <i>New America</i><i>, and</i> <b>Slate</b><i>. On Thursday, Feb. 11, Eric Weiner will</i> …

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Survey Shows Visualizing Success Works

If you’ve ever poked fun at someone—especially an entrepreneur–for creating a vision board as a way to picture success, you may not be laughing in a few minutes. A new study by TD Bank shows that small business owners use visualization—pictures and idea boards—to meet their entrepreneurial goals.<p>TD …

Small Business

All those office perks? They're ruining creativity.

It's a new year and that means new bean bag chairs. Chances are high that someone in your office — the Chief Innovation Officer, perhaps, or the Senior Motivational Poohbah — will decide that your firm is not innovative enough, not creative enough, for the year 2016. Action will be taken. Free …

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Isaac Asimov on How To Discover New Ideas

I<p>deas lead to innovation. Naturally, we’re always looking for the next big idea that can change the world, but that’s easier said than done.<p>So how …

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What the Research Tells Us About Team Creativity and Innovation

<i>courtesy of NASA/ESA</i><p>There are areas in the research on teams where the findings are all very clear, as are the prescriptions for leaders. Creativity and innovation are not among them. We know how some factors affect creativity and innovation, but we’re only just beginning to understand some of the …

Giving Up Is the Enemy of Creativity

What determines whether the ideas we generate are truly creative? Recent research of ours finds that one common factor often gets in the way: we tend to undervalue the benefits of persistence.<p>In a series of experiments we observed that people consistently underestimated the number of ideas they …