Everyday creative thinking

At 10Eighty we like to think we’re a creative bunch. We always enjoy a challenge and whether designing development programmes, building rockets from plastic bottles or sketching houseplants we’ll take it on.

Creativity offers a means of expression and communication that aids problem-solving, strategic thinking and resilience.

The benefits of creativity

  • Creativity is integral to learning and development
  • Creative activities are proven to be good for mental health
  • Creativity is a route to self-awareness and authenticity
  • Creativity is liberating, allowing us to take risks and try new things
  • Creativity inspires faith and confidence in our self-expression and inventive instincts
  • Creativity allows us to find new, resourceful ways of solving problems

Creative-Thinking As with any strength you can boost your creativity with practice and attention. Try to incorporate more creativity into your life. I recommend Edward de Bono’s How to Have Creative Ideas which is simple, practical and fun. The exercises may look too simple but perseverance shows that they aid in developing creativity of mind and fluency in dealing with ideas, concepts, perceptions and values.

Creative thinking is increasingly seen as a must-have in business life. Creative thinkers are crucial to the UK’s future economic success across business, industry and society. De Bono says “In business, creativity has become essential. This is because everything else has become a commodity available to everyone”.

Boost your creativity:

  • Look for ways to be more playful and to make your routines more fun.
  • Try changing your habits – take a different route to work, take notice what you see, value your walk as a meditative practice
  • Renew an old hobby – unearth your old guitar or your calligraphy supplies
  • Start a new hobby – start a journal, try writing stories or poems, try collage or marbling or macramé
  • Expose yourself to the life artistic by visit galleries and museums
  • Read biographies of musicians, dancers, artists, scientists, business leaders.
  • Listen to music; listening to music stimulates the part of our brain that controls motor actions, emotions, and creativity.
  • Exercise your eyes – moving the eyes back and forth facilitates interaction between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which may boost creative thinking
  • Create a mood-board – collect a bunch of inspiring items such as photos, quotations, magazine clippings, ephemera – you can use Pinterest to do this

Creativity is worth cultivating, it encourages open mindedness, a pride in individuality and a real interest in diversity. It is not the preserve of ‘creative types’ or the design department, it can come from anywhere at any time.

There’s an amazing amount of creativity untapped in the workforce and business leaders would do well to encourage creativity and innovation at all levels. Creative thinkers learn to look hard at problems and consider all the complexities of situation while looking for new and different approaches that might lead to new discoveries and world-beating innovation.

Michael is Chief Executive of 10Eighty. 10Eighty is a career and talent management consultancy that helps organizations maximize the contribution of their employees by ensuring satisfying jobs and careers for their employees. Michael is a Human Resources professional, having worked in the National Health Service, Insurance, Commodities and Derivatives industries. He has worked within the career coaching business for fifteen years, both managing a £7 million business and delivering bespoke, one to one career coaching. In the last 15 years Michael has run businesses that have helped 75,000 people make successful career transitions. He is a frequent commentator in the press/media, which includes a range of topics on “successfully managing your career” and talent management. Most recent media mentions have included BBC South, CNBC, Radio4, Financial Times, City AM, Financial News, Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Grapevine and HR Magazine, to name but a few. He writes a careers column for People Management, a blog for the Human Resources Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Thompson Reuters HR Portal. Michael is known as a thought provoking speaker in the HR industry. In the last 18 months, Michael spoke at the Careers Partner International Conference, NHS breakthrough conference, NHS North West Leadership Academy, London School of Economics, University of Westminster’s Talent Management Conference, ICAEW Finance Directors Conference, CIPD learning and development conference and CIPD branch seminars. He is also Chair of the CIPD’s Central London Branch. Additionally is a non executive director of Marshall ACM, an e-learning company and the Total Reward Group, a compensation and benefits consultancy. Michael plans to publish his book “The guide to everlasting employability” in the Autumn 2012. He has just launched an iphone app “careers snakes and ladders” and an online interactive version of the book in collaboration with Marshall ACM to coincide the launch of his new business 10Eighty. Michael has a degree in Economics, a MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He holds an accreditation from the British Psychological Society for the use of psychometrics. Michael has completed the Fairplace Internal Accreditation Programme, the training element of which is externally recognised by the Association for Coaching. Michael Moran was until January 2012 Chief Executive of Fairplace and a main board director of Savile plc, the career and talent management consultancy. Fairplace is part of the Savile Group, an AIM listed plc. The Savile Group was placed 16th in the Sunday Times top 100 small companies in 2010.

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2 comments on “Everyday creative thinking
  1. Meena says:

    Refreshing and motivational article

  2. Nootrina says:

    As a writer I feel its very important to boost our creativity! Thanks for the awesome tips!

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