Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What is creativity? - 4 tips for creative problem solving

Everyday, you do a lot of different tasks - many of which are routine. However, sometimes all your knowledge and skills do not help you. That's when you have to get creative. If you are not able to solve a problem in a conventional way, you will have to find a new solution by getting creative.

There are different kinds of creativity:
  • People who make a groundbreaking invention and come up with a brand new product are creative in a different way then people who create a text for a website.
  • New inventions and new trends require engagement with the topic for years.
  • Changes of existing things, such as improvements or modifications (great ideas everybody has once in a while)

Here are four tips, that can help you with solving problems in a creative way:
  • Some people are more creative then others, but everybody can be creative!
  • Do not make the mistake to press your ideas into a tight system immediately.
  • If you are not able to move forward with a problem, it may be helpful to involve outsiders. Non-professionals see things in a different light and judge them differently than professionals. In order to really be creative, you need at least a little clue in the area that you want to be creative in.
  • Younger people are not necessarily more creative than older people. Young people might have more ideas. On the other side, older people are creative in a different way. They have more ideas that are usable and more useful.

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