Expert Insights on Creative Thinking & Brainstorming

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Creativity: Nature versus nurture? You either have it or you don't? Not true. Creativity can be learned, and those who approach the creative process in the right way can overcome any problem.


  • Acquire insights on how to enable creativity in an organization.
    Acquire insights on two myths about creativity.
    Acquire insights on how to see yourself as a creative individual.
    Acquire insights on how we all can learn to move towards creative solutions and solve any given problem.
    Acquire insights on how to nurture and develop your own creative thinking skills.
    Acquire insights on identifying when and where you do your best thinking.
    Acquire insights on the relationship between creativity and judgment.
    Acquire insights on some strategies for recharging your brain to help you get your best ideas out.
    Acquire insights on how to facilitate creativity using role-storming.
    Acquire insights on the creative process and how to prepare for it.
    Acquire insights on the importance of perseverance in creative thinking.
    Acquire insights on obstacles to creative thinking.
    Acquire insights on the seven creativity killers that can destroy creativity.
    Acquire insights on how to solve a problem using four steps; these steps help frame the problems in a way that makes the solutions possible.
    Acquire insights on the importance of starting a brainstorming session by asking good questions.
  • Acquire insights on the benefits of friendly competition.
    Acquire insights on the ‘the performance paradox’.
    Acquire insights on how to use creative thinking to come up with the best solution.
    Acquire insights on the most effective way of brainstorming to come up with creative ideas.
    Acquire insights on the importance of caring about what you do in order to unleash your creativity.
    Acquire insights on how to use ‘forced connections’ to come up with great ideas, when you think you are running out of ideas.
    Acquire insights on how to make room for creativity.
    Acquire insights on a simple tool that you can use in your brainstorming sessions to come up with many creative and innovative ideas.
    Acquire insights on how to showcase your skills as a creative contributor.
    Acquire insights on how to utilize creative people.
    Acquire insights on using distance to unfocus.
    Acquire insights on how nonlinear thinking enhances creativity.
    Acquire insights on the design tool, dichotomy resolution, that helps you be creative in making your wants and needs coexist.
    Acquire insights on how anyone can learn to think creatively and problem-solve by exercising the creative part of their brain.
    Acquire insights on approaching problems with an open and creative mindset.


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    1.  Enabling Creativity in an Organization
    Creativity is needed in every aspect of business; especially as business environments change. FREE ACCESS
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    2.  Two Myths about Creativity
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    Labels block creativity. The biggest blocker; however; is fear. We let fear talk us out of reaching our creative potential. We may have a great idea in a meeting but hold back from fear. FREE ACCESS
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    3.  Creativity is Learned
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    We may understand the need for creativity; but not see ourselves as creative. FREE ACCESS
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    4.  Anyone Can Learn to Think Creatively: Taking the Creative Leap of Faith
    4m 38s
    At times we feel we are stuck; that there are no solutions to the problem we face; that we can do nothing about it. But no problem is insurmountable. Gaia Grant explains how we all can learn to move toward creative solutions. FREE ACCESS
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    5.  Nurturing Your Own Creative Thinking
    3m 41s
    If you really want to be a creative thinker; you need to approach your day systematically and guard your time so that you can focus on projects and issues; shares Gaia Grant. Here; she talks about how to take control of your time. FREE ACCESS
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    6.  When and Where Do You Do Your Best Thinking?
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    Where do you do your best thinking? Chances are; it isn't at work. FREE ACCESS
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    7.  Judgment and Creativity
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    Freedom from judgment is important at the beginning of the creative process. People who brainstorm understand this. But at some point the tree must be pruned in order to move from openness to closure. That requires judgment. FREE ACCESS
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    8.  When We Get Our Best Ideas
    4m 25s
    We’d ideally love to have great; innovative ideas at our beck and call. But it doesn’t work that way. Anne Riches tells us why; and she offers strategies for recharging your brain. FREE ACCESS
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    9.  Facilitate Creativity Using Role Storming
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    Role storming is brain storming in character. Assign people roles. This is fun and removes the fear. FREE ACCESS
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    10.  Creativity Involves a Leap
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    The creative process involves a leap to connection rational with irrational parts of the brain. FREE ACCESS
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    11.  Creative Solutions Require Determination, Not Luck
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    Creative people who come up with solutions and are highly successful are often both admired and perceived as lucky. Not so; says Gaia Grant. The primary ingredient to creative thinking is perseverance. FREE ACCESS
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    12.  Identifying Obstacles to Creative Thinking
    4m 11s
    Creative thinking is an integral skill that directly impacts a company’s health and future. But while it is in ever increasing demand; it seems to becoming more elusive. Gaia Grant explains why creativity has dropped off in recent years. FREE ACCESS
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    13.  The Creativity Killers: How Control and Restriction Can Lead to Destruction
    4m 46s
    A company can build a culture of creative thinking; but there is a counterculture that fights against that creativity; Gaia Grant says. Here; she identifies and details the seven key killers that can destroy creativity. FREE ACCESS
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    14.  Four Steps to Solving a Problem
    3m 39s
    Even if your problem is well stated, it may not be solvable. Follow these four steps to frame your problems in a way that makes solutions possible. FREE ACCESS
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    15.  Brainstorming Begins with Questions
    3m 37s
    Does your approach to brainstorming start with asking everyone to yell out ideas? If so, Levy has an easier, less-intimidating, and better way to begin. FREE ACCESS
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    16.  Benefits of Friendly Competition
    3m 44s
    To solve a particularly difficult problem, challenge individuals to tap into their inner Frankenstein. FREE ACCESS
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    17.  The Performance Paradox: Less Effort Yields More Results
    2m 45s
    A NASCAR pit crew improved its time when they were measured on process; not on a stopwatch. Increasing motivation improves performance only to a point. Don’t measure innovation teams on extrinsic goals like number of ideas; concentrate on the process. FREE ACCESS
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    18.  Finding the Best Solution: Use Line-Thinking to Connect the Dots
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    Steve Jobs said creativity is having enough dots to connect—finding solutions in different places. Asking for uses of a brick is different from asking to connect a brick to a random object. FREE ACCESS
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    19.  Alone then Together: Building More Creative Meetings
    2m 14s
    Forty years of research on brainstorming confirms that creative ideas are best developed in two cycles. Encourage participants to spend quiet time alone before sharing their thoughts; then repeat — time alone followed by group brainstorming. FREE ACCESS
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    20.  To Enable Creativity Care About What You’re Doing
    2m 42s
    We are inherently creative. That creativity only needs to be released. The quickest way is to care—deeply care—about what you’re doing. FREE ACCESS
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    21.  Forced Connections
    2m 27s
    Use the attributes of an unrelated object when you’re running out of ideas. For example; Lisa Bodell uses a bag of popcorn to apply “light;” “fun;” and “natural” of the popcorn to help design a table; then a magic marker for ideas to help design a new shower. FREE ACCESS
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    22.  The Invisible Habits of Excellence # 4: Make Room for Creativity
    3m 39s
    Whatever your problem; creativity is the answer. But creativity needs space; it cannot be summoned on demand. Juliet Funt’s creative moments come when she is lying in bed with her kids; waiting for them to go to sleep. Schedule time to just think. Protect that time. FREE ACCESS
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    23.  Throw Ideas Away
    1m 43s
    Put a wastebasket on a table and hand out index cards. Ask participants to write ideas on the index cards; and then put the cards in the wastebasket. Keep going until the index cards are gone. Then sort the cards. The first ideas will be obvious; then they get innovative. FREE ACCESS
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    24.  How to Be Seen As More Creative
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    Having a reputation for creativity can ignite your career, but sometimes your competency can overshadow your creativity. These strategies help you showcase your skill as a creative contributor. FREE ACCESS
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    25.  Utilize Creative People
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    Companies don’t need to hire more creative people; they need to support the ones they already have. FREE ACCESS
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    26.  Using Distance to Unfocus
    3m 29s
    Creativity is boosted by periods of “unfocus,” which can be achieved through social, temporal, and physical distance. FREE ACCESS
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    27.  Nonlinear Thinking Enhances Creativity
    3m 51s
    A linear mindset can stand in the way of the creative process. FREE ACCESS
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    28.  Dichotomy Resolution
    3m 26s
    Sometimes what we want and what we need are in opposition to each other. Dichotomy resolution is a design tool that helps you be creative in making your wants and needs coexist. FREE ACCESS
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    29.  Thinking Like a Designer
    2m 31s
    Creativity is a skill, not a talent. Even if you don’t work in design, you can learn to think creatively and problem-solve by exercising the creative part of your brain. FREE ACCESS
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    30.  Approaching Problems with an Open and Creative Mindset
    3m 6s
    When disaster strikes or a business model is upended, a leader’s instinct is often to double-down on personal experience and the established way of doing things. This feels safe. But the instinct to play safe can also blind you to other possible solutions. Discover the benefits of embracing new possibilities and an open mindset. FREE ACCESS


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