The Creative Thinker’s Toolkit | Book Review

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Chapter 1

First, People are not born creative. Creativity is a life skill that can be learned. Creative people survive better than individuals who have a high IQ. It takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery. Get out of your comfort zone and learn to be creative. Always push yourself to grow. Never practice in the midst of a live performance. Instead of “Yes, but”.. use “Yes, and.” It promotes creative thinking. Most importantly, Engage in a task for the love of the work.
  1. Play – where do you act like a child?
  2. Passion – what gets you excited?
  3. Purpose – what’s your legacy?
Lastly, Allow your imagination to explore. We all possess the ability to behave creatively. Sharpen your creative tools.

Lateral Thinking Is A Survival Skill – Chapter 2

So, How did we survive with such animal threats before? Humans have the ability to get creative. Why do we conform with others? Most people fit with others because there are benefits. It forms culture and saves us energy. It has downsides too, but both are important. Creativity went from survival to art. Greater information processing capacity is what humans have over other animals.
So, Children play because they are developing survival skills. Next, We compare ourselves too much with top creators. We lose our imagination over time. Start taking different paths from now on so you can discover new connections. Schools undermine creativity. Furthermore, How else you can you use everyday objects?
Furthermore, Use a random word to shift our view of a problem. Additionally, Random word generator can help with this exercise. Go down different neuropathways!

Creative Styles: Adapters and Innovators – Chapter 3

Next, How do people express their creativity in a variety of ways? There’s no wrong way to behave creatively. Adapters are just as important as Innovators. So, The reality is we need both.
  • R&D is more innovative.
Accounting is more Adaptive. Next, we should have the right mix of adapters and innovators is a good idea. The six hats tool:
Six distinct directions are identified and assigned a color. The six courses are:
  • Managing Blue – what is the subject? What are we thinking about? What is the goal? Can look at the big picture.
  • Information White – considering purely what information is available, what are the facts?
  • Emotions Red – intuitive or instinctive gut reactions or statements of emotional feeling (but not any justification)
  • Discernment Black – logic applied to identifying reasons to be cautious and conservative. Practical, realistic.
  • Optimistic response Yellow – logic applied to identifying benefits, seeking harmony. Sees the brighter, sunny side of situations.
  • Creativity Green – statements of provocation and investigation, seeing where a thought goes. Thinks creatively, out of the box.
We can wear these hats in group meetings to be more efficient.

Combining Opposites: Diverge Then Converge – Chapter 4

Bloom’s taxonomy is a set of three hierarchical models used to classify educational learning objectives into levels of complexity and specificity.
Here they are:
  1. Remember
  2. Understand
  3. Apply
  4. Analyze
  5. Evaluate
  6. Create (rather than synthesize)
Next, WRITE three creative sentences. Historically, The habit of trying lots of stuff makes successful companies successful! Organizations need to experiment to adapt to changes in the market. Here, WE can learn by observing digital photographers. They’re always coming up with news ways to make photos great. Make your thinking more effective. Lastly, Push yourself to create many options. Learn through the application.

Principles for Unleashing Your Imagination – Chapter 5

Our mindset needs to be right to think creatively.
  1. Knowledge
  2. Imagination
  3. Evaluation
Four Principles
  1. Differ Judgement
  2. Go for quantity
  3. Make Connections
  4. Seek Novelty
Note, The best idea is to have lots of ideas. Lastly, Evaluate performance and seek feedback.

Principles for Converging On the Best Ideas – Chapter 6

Naturally, WE ARE MORE CREATIVE when we are in a good mood. Consequently, Hard work helps with finding the “a-ha moment.”

Stages of the creative process and you – Chapter 7

  1. clarify -examine the situation

  2. ideate – generating possibilities

  3. development – perfecting an idea, too nit-picky

  4. implement – taking action

So, the most efficient method for problem solving is creative problem solving. Then, the method works in all areas of life. Next, the integrator utilizes all four of these creative problem-solving processes.

Clarifying the Challenge – Chapter 8

  • careful not to leap to action
  • the mindset of the creative process
  • determine the proper question to ask
  1. define our goal
  2. Gather data or examine situation – who, what, when, where, why, and how?
  3. Formulate a challenge to address to meet our goal
  1. Influence – do you believe you have control over your situations?
  2. Imagination – you need new thinking.
  3. Interest – you’re motivated to work on it. It’s important to you.
Finally, go from your current reality to where you want to be at in life.

Clarify, Even More, | Webbing and Storyboarding – Lecture 9

  • don’t jump to action too quickly
  • must be able to solve unfamiliar problems
  • understanding the actual problem

webbing and storyboarding

  • webbing – leverage two fundamental questions
    1. Why? Think in more abstract ways
    2. What’s stopping you? Forces you take a more concrete view
  • storyboarding – tells a story
    • CAN be used to set goals
Lastly, we have three concepts to understand:
  1. set goal
  2. gather data
  3. identify challenges

Classic Brainstorming and Brain Writing – Lecture 10

First, brainstorming is a popular term. It helps us see things clearer.
  1. suspend judgement
  2. strive for quantity
  3. make connections
  4. push for novelty
Next, the professor had folks on a phone conference. Additionally, the members threw out some ideas so they could brainstorm.
  1. facilitator
  2. client
  3. resource group members
Also, the members pass around a sheet of paper with three ideas written on it. Thus, brainwriting generates more ideas!

Tools for Enhanced Brain Storming – Lecture 11

  • reverse brainstorming
    • negative and positive ideas
    • associative thinking
      • the basis for the creative process
      • free associations – no design
      • facilitated association – regulated by design; more predictable
      • forced relationships – used to recharge thinking
        • Equally important, are attributes.
Moreover, I did not enjoy this chapter of the book.

Borrowing and Modifying Ideas – Lecture 12

Uniquely, Great creators don’t work in isolation. Correspondingly, many people and companies borrow ideas:
  • StarWars
  • iPhone
In like manner, How do we incorporate other solutions? Similarly, Shakespeare adopted many ideas for his plays. Of course, surround yourself with other creative people. By the same token, How have challenges been solved by other people? The author suggests that we steal information from more creative folks.

 Systematic Tools to Generate Ideas- Lecture 13

In short, the author spends a lot of time thinking about ideas, instead, I wish he would give more useful information I can apply in my own life. As a result, the author spends too much time explaining these s0-called-tools, and it’s hard to stay interested.
All in all, facilitators are recommended during creative thinking sessions. Furthermore, the idea is to generate many ideas.

Developing Ideas Toward Great Solutions – Lecture 14

To begin with, 30-second advertising slots for the SuperBowl costs around one million dollars.

 Prototype: How Designers Test Ideas? – Lecture 15

In conclusion, when we are relaxed ideas tend to form out of nowhere.

 Evaluating Creative Solutions and Making Decisions – Lecture 16

  • Evaluation matrix
Next, we can plot our table to see what is above the line. Furthermore, the evaluation matrix is necessary for deciding which option is the best one based on criteria.

Giving Ideas Legs: Implementation Planning – Lecture 17

First, ask “How?” It’s important to ask how because it allows us to break the problem down further. Also, asking how makes problems more concrete. Furthermore, put creative solutions into action.

Persuasion and The Selling of New Ideas – Lecture 18

Ultimately, we talk about breaking down questions further by asking how and why. Furthermore, discuss ways to get our projects accepted.

Tools for Bringing It Altogether – Lecture 19

First, we discuss what our aspirations are today. Nothing new here!

Lifting the Emotional Lid On Creativity – Lecture 20

WE need the right mindset for creative thinking. Emotional intelligence is a new term introduced in this chapter. Emotions are the key to creative thinking! Emotions can hold us back from creating meaningful works of art. Living in fear inhibits creative thinking.
For the most part, we have an emotional reaction before our logical brain reacts. We sense danger before we can think. In addition, a good mood improves creative thinking! All in all, we can become more mindful!

The Environment: Physical and Psychological – Lecture 21

First, declutter your environment for creative thinking. Next, we all have our rituals. When are you most creative? Finally, long-term thinking is okay. In conclusion, time pressures such as deadlines are helpful with creative thinking.

Creative Leadership: Regardless of Title – Lecture 22

First, what is a good leader mean to you? Next, Creativity is the most important leadership quality.

Overcoming Blocks and Barriers – Lecture 23

First, what gets in the way of our creativity? Next, we look at different ways to overcome mental blocks. So, where do you get your creative inspiration from during the day? Also, make certain you write down your thoughts.

Living A Creative Life – Lecture 24

First, pursue what you love. Next, the sky is the limit! Also, make creativity a part of your life. Equally, stop trying to impress other. Additionally, not everyone is going to love what you create. By the same token, please yourself first before you try to please others.

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