Einstein said that we’re all born geniuses – which suggests that a lot of education strips us of our innate creative powers. Very often, the pressure to be serious, along with stress, anxiety, and self-criticism holds us back from being fully creative. With the right mindset and strategies we can overcome these blocks and bring creativity back into our daily lives and our professional career.
In this two-hour session, we will:
• Learn the myths and the realities of the creative process
• Explore our intuition and learn how to access it regularly
• Learn strategies for coming up with new ideas and overcoming creative blocks
• Reflect on our own strengths and weaknesses during the creative process
Creativity is the skill of combining existing elements to create something useful that has never been there before.
What characterises mastery of this skill?
Creative employees are able to come up with ideas of how to combine existing elements in order to solve a work-related problem or question. They usually have an open mindset and even a preference for trying out something new rather than something that they already know. They feel comfortable with iterative processes which include a risk of failure and lots of drafts. They are able to detach their self-esteem from their ideas which enables them to discuss and further develop them openly with others. At the same time, they are able to easily let go of ideas that turn out not to be practical.
What characterises a lack of this skill?
Employees with a lack of creativity often find it difficult to try something new and prefer doing things the way they already feel familiar with. They might hold themselves back by criticizing and cutting down their own ideas or suggestions from their teams. When they need to solve a problem, they might find it hard to consider all available information and prefer to rely on someone else helping them out. Additionally, they might hesitate to try working with a new team or on a new task and prefer habitual routine work.
"I learned the part assumptions play in blocking my creative thoughts"
"I realised that collaboration- or just talking to others- is the most vital thing for thinking creatively"
"It helped me recognise barriers to creativity and ways to address them"
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