Dance, Dance, Dance the Night Away! « Mindcamp

Creativity has a great many definitions. Some are academic, some focus on the definition of a creative product and some wax philosophical about making connections between seemingly disconnected elements. One definition that resonates with me personally is that creativity is the ability to modify self-imposed restraints (credit to Ackoff and Vergara for that one). Let’s spend a quick penny and take a closer look at this definition.

If creativity is an ability, then we all have it to varying degrees. Since abilities can be developed and improved, then it stands to reason that we can develop and improve our own creativity whether we know it yet or not!

Self-imposed restraints…this is where things get interesting…a restraint is an influence that inhibits…and if this restraint is self-imposed, then you and you alone have the ability to remove it!

It would be unfair to think that we will excel at things we’ve never even tried before and yet we often impose restraints that prevent us from exploring new things, specifically because we don’t want to be bad at them. This can be based on peer pressure, fear, shyness, upbringing, cultural norms…and the list goes on.

Perhaps one of those situations is…

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Holistic Creativity and Innovation

The word innovation has become quite a buzz word, but what does it really mean?

I see innovation as what results from creativity. It might be in the form of a new invention, a new approach to a problem or a need, a new program or service that is useful and original.

Creativity, on the other hand, is an innate human ability which can either flourish or be squelched depending on the circumstances. When circumstances are right creativity can yield amazing results. So what are the right circumstances?  The right circumstances, I believe, are those that encourage and nourish creativity.

What is most important is that you do not need a creative genius in the room to deliver innovation. A group’s or individual’s creativity can be unleashed  by enhancing people’s abilities to think and act creatively, by fostering the right environment in which creativity can flourish unhindered, and by deliberately engaging in a creative process.

What this means is that our creativity allows us all to be visionaries, problem-solvers, innovators, and change catalysts.

A holistic approach to unleashing people’s creativity is one that enhances people’s thinking skills as well as their emotional readiness to engage in creative thinking and bring about change, one that balances logic and intuition, and one that fosters emotional and social intelligence.