By Sharon Walsh
Concern that it takes a long time
One of the fallacies behind the challenge to be creative is that people assume that it takes a long time to be creative. Some believe that to be creative they need to have an offsite workshop where they set aside days, gather with a cross functional team, play with toys, and then they can be creative. While some challenges might require this kind of extensive creative immersion, many don’t. This is one way to be creative, but it’s not the only way. Creativity can happen whenever creative thinking is employed. Whenever we use our imagination and knowledge to look at something in a new way we are being creative.
Doing unfamiliar things take longer than doing familiar things. We quickly develop habits so we automatically know what and how to do the things. Why not just let our habits drive us? It would save us time and we wouldn’t feel the pressure of being creative. The issue is that if we aren’t creative, we will always do the same things we have done before. And that’s ﬁne if the world was static. However, things change around us, so we can’t always rely on our habits to be successful.
We need to ﬁnd ways to train ourselves out of relying on our habits and to let our creativity blossom. There are quick and easy things that anyone can do in just a few minutes.
One quick tool that encourages creative thinking is called PPCO — Pluses, Potentials, Concerns, Overcome concerns. In short, think affirmatively about an idea and then look for ways to improve on it. When faced with an idea or opportunity, it just takes a few moments to think about it by asking yourself the following questions:
How might we overcome these concerns/challenges?
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By Sharon Walsh
A common excuse for not being creative is not having enough time. Actually, it is hard to ﬁnd time to do lots of things. Being creative often falls to the bottom of our to-do list. We all know that being creative is a good thing, something that we want, yet, we are full of excuses for why we don’t.
Looking at what we know about creativity can help us understand why it is high on our list of desires, yet, ﬁnding the time to be creative is so challenging. Creativity helps us adapt to the changing world. While we might want to be lazy and always do the same thing (which probably would get boring anyway) - but the world around us doesn’t let that be possible. Since our environment changes, we have to change too. And we want to grow and develop as people in our personal and professional lives.
So why don’t we ﬁnd the time? What are those pesky excuses that we come up with that hold us back? And what beneﬁts do these excuses give us?
In future posts, we will be delving into these areas in more depth.
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