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Four Essential Elements of Creativity

Creativity is something that you can turn on at will --- just like a light switch.

All you need are the four essential elements of Creativity: Focus, People, Tools and Time.

  • Focus: Find an area of general or specific focus --- finish this sentence: "I want to generate ideas in the that will help me ..."
  • People: The number of people only depends on who is around --- you can do it with Numero Uno, 15, 50 or more. Try to get a few mavericks to attend more formal planning sessions to help you see a different picture.
  • Tools: Thinking tools are essential --- you can use simple tools such as SCAMPER (see previous post to generate ideas (divergent thinking) and harvest those ideas (convergent thinking) are easily grasped and applied.
  • Time: Taking time out to think in a deliberate manner will allow you to have creativity on demand. Use that time to take walks, meditate, muse over things will give you those BFOs (Blinding Flashes of the Obvious)!
Which of these four elements are blocking your creativity?
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