Creativity is something we all have difficulty with from time to time. According to some studies, as few as one in four of us believe we are fulfilling our creative potential. Many people blame the lack of time, pressure in the workplace to be more productive and the education system for this. At the same time, 60% of CEOs believe creativity is the most important leadership trait, suggesting a large disconnect between the top and bottom of many organizations.
Whilst it is true that our creativity potential tends to peak very early in life (5-10 years old), we are not consigned to a life of creative block. The latest research in neuroscience suggests we can learn to be creative by experimenting, exploring, questioning assumptions, using imagination and synthesing information.
Things such as going for a walk, sleeping and setting psychological distance from the problem can help radically improve your creative output. Interestingly, many of the scientific studies in recent years have served to prove what writers, poets, and artists have been saying for centuries with respect to what promotes creativity.
Using the latest findings in scientific research, thoughts from some of the most celebrated creators of today as well as anecdotes from history, we’ve come up with nine proven ways to demonstrably improve your creativity and chances for new idea generation.
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