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Information and inspiration: psychology & creativity. http://talentdevelop.com
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Mastering Creativity program with Michael Gelb

Mastering Creativity program with Michael Gelb | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"Psychologists have known for many years that mindsets have a huge impact on your mood, your perceptual abilities and your general level of happiness. And mindset is probably the most important influence on your creative ability." -


Mastering Creativity program with New York Times bestselling author Michael Gelb - Live training starts Thursday, March 26, 2015.

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The Path to Discovering Your Talents and Passions, with Sir Ken Robinson | Big Think Mentor

In How to Find Your Element, his 7-session workshop for Big Think Mentor (http://goo.gl/06gYu), creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson tackles the epidemic of dissatisfaction with work and life. In this introduction, he outlines the path to "finding your element" -- the environment and set of activities that will activate your unique abilities, sustain your happiness, and enable you to live your best possible life."

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Titles by Ken Robinson include:
Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative http://shrd.by/dG6dC0
Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life http://buff.ly/12xAz6N

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Also see another video in post: Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? http://shrd.by/eAt1J5

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Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality, book by Scott Belsky

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality, book by Scott Belsky | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

According to productivity expert Scott Belsky, no one is born with the ability to drive creative projects to completion. Execution is a skill that must be developed by building your organizational habits and harnessing the support of your colleagues.

As the founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to empower and organize the creative world, Belsky has studied the habits of especially productive individuals and teams across industries. Now he has compiled the principles and techniques they share, and presents a systematic approach to creative organization and productivity.
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The 7 Biggest Creativity Killers

The 7 Biggest Creativity Killers | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
A crime scene investigation is underway to investigate a death. This is not an average death, this is the death of creative thinking. You see while IQ levels have been rising owing to enriched environments (the Flynn effect), creativity scores have actually been falling over time.

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By authors of the book Who Killed Creativity? And How To Get It Back http://vsb.li/NmGsb9

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Related article: Killing or Enhancing Creativity and Innovation in Business

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/05/killing-or-enhancing-creativity-and-innovation-in-business/

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Overthinking and loss of creativity, the solution - JulienRio.com

Overthinking and loss of creativity, the solution - JulienRio.com | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

As a child, you were gifted with imagination and creativity. Now grown up, you base your judgment on your knowledge and experience. How to think like a child?

"We have been constructed by schools and parents in such a way that for all problems we have a formula we can apply. This is what society provides us with in order to be efficient and independent.

Nine times out of ten, this is what gets us out of complicated situations.

But once in a while,if you could think differently, you might find some other solutions, easier and more effective."

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Related: Overthinking, Worry and Creative Problem-solving

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/04/overthinking-worry-and-creative-problem-solving/

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» Using The Skills of Disruptive Innovators - The Creative Mind

» Using The Skills of Disruptive Innovators - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
The Innovator's DNA book includes skills you can make use of being a disruptive innovator as an individual creator, as well as a business leader.

 

One of the skills: "Associating refers to your ability to make connections across seemingly unrelated questions, problems, fields of study, or ideas. Associational thinkers draw on knowledge acquired through questioning, observing, experimenting and networking to link together unexpected combinations of problems, ideas and observations to produce new business ideas."

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Is Organization the Enemy of Creativity?

Is Organization the Enemy of Creativity? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Nope, even Michelangelo embraced constraints. But don't take it too far; process shouldn't be perfect. Here's why.

 

In the May issue of Inc., a reader, Elaine Ellis, poses a great question: Is creativity stifled by organization or is it easier to be creative at a company that is extremely well run?"

 

The way she phrases the question to some degree defines the answer. Of course it is easier to be creative in a "well run" company because it is easier to get things done and to experiment. Truly creative people don't baulk at every restraint; the best people I've ever worked with understood the necessity and found structure provoked them to do richer and more daring work.

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Dealing with Your "Inner Critic" | Psychology Today

Dealing with Your "Inner Critic" | Psychology Today | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Dealing with Your "Inner Critic"

Self-criticism is a two-edged sword.

By Dennis Palumbo...

'Among the majority of my creative patients — TV and film writers, directors, actors, etc., a primary concern is the struggle against their “inner critic.” By that I mean the persistent, sometimes harsh and almost always shaming “voice” that belittles or invalidates their work.'

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One of my related posts: Toxic Criticism and Developing Creativity By Douglas Eby

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/01/toxic-criticism-and-developing-creativity/

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David Burkus on Myths of Creativity - The Creative Mind

David Burkus on Myths of Creativity - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Author David Burkus addresses many of the myths of creativity, which often get in the way of personal creative work, and business innovation.

 

"We say we want more creativity, but when we are presented with new ideas, we have a hard time recognizing their utility. This is something I see in almost all organizations.”

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In an audio clip in this article, psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson, host of The Science of Thriving conference http://bit.ly/19YUD7T interviews David Burkus, who talks about the "Eureka" myth of creative inspiration, and about incubation. See his book The Myths of Creativity http://buff.ly/H6r1fr - and hear more audio clips in post: Thriving In Work and Life: An Online Conference http://buff.ly/1a3K9m1

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Stories of innovation: Radio :: Idealog :: the magazine and website of New Zealand creative business, ideas and innovation

Stories of innovation: Radio :: Idealog :: the magazine and website of New Zealand creative business, ideas and innovation | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Idealog is the magazine and website of New Zealand creative business, ideas and innovation (Stories of innovation: Radio (via Idealog) http://t.co/064tKMTNra)...
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Put Your Creative Brain to Work

Put Your Creative Brain to Work | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Scientists have mapped the innovative mind so that we can remake our own in its image.

 

But no matter how imaginative our thoughts, we still must cross one major hurdle: our fear of risk. People tend toward safe routes, yet safety is not conducive to radical new solutions. Bezos and his wife not only had to come up with the notion of Amazon. They also had to be willing to cast off their current careers to pursue an uncertain future. Amid the financial and other practical and professional constraints of most workplaces, not to speak of other life concerns, abandoning a satisfactory but safe solution to pursue a new concept may be the biggest challenge to capitalizing on creative potential. As Bezos once said, “Innovation is disruption.”

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Related: Using The Skills of Disruptive Innovators

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/06/using-the-skills-of-disruptive-innovators/


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» The Creative Personality: Both Smart and Naive - The Creative Mind

» The Creative Personality: Both Smart and Naive - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

In his article The Creative Personality: Ten paradoxical traits of the creative personality (from his book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention), Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD writes that “Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility” and that “Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.”

He says that “a core of general intelligence is high among people who make important creative contributions,” but according to the studies of Lewis Terman, “after a certain point IQ does not seem to be correlated with superior performance in real life” – including level of creativity.

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16 Ways to Jump-Start your Organization's Creativity | The Creativity Post

16 Ways to Jump-Start your Organization's Creativity | The Creativity Post | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
16 different ways to spark more creative and innovative thinking in your organization.

 

Simply put, the key to increasing creativity in any organization is to make it start acting like a creative organization. Suppose you wanted to be an artist: You would begin behaving like an artist by painting every day. You may not become another Vincent Van Gogh, but you'll become much more of an artist than someone who has never tried. Similarly, you and your organization will become more creative if you start acting the part. The following are 16 suggestions to encourage you and your colleagues to start becoming more creative today.

 

Book: Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work, by Michael Michalko.
http://vsb.li/Wb5XxV

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Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
“Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences.”
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Brain-calming Vs. Brainstorming

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Brain-calming Vs. Brainstorming
By Think Jar Collective member Colin Funk

 

In the early nineties a wide variety of arts-based approaches to creative problem solving and idea generation surfaced. One of the most popular forms that emerged was that of Improv Theatre. ... As leaders from all sectors today find themselves in uncharted waters, the demand for not only quantity, but quality of ideas is paramount. Just as potent as the many powerful techniques from the world of Improv Theatre, comes a more appropriate practice and inquiry tool for these times – Brain-calming.

... Brain-calming techniques are on the rise and can be seen routinely in many private and public organizations as meditation, learning partner walks, slow food dinners, conversation cafes, and journaling.

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» Doubting and Creating - The Creative Mind

» Doubting and Creating - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Even people with exceptional talents can feel insecure, and many creative people struggle with doubt versus confidence in themselves or their abilities.

 

“I really have that worry that I’ll wake up in the morning and think, ‘Oh God. I’m such a fraud, and they’ll find me out.’ I doubt myself a lot.” Those are comments by one of my favorite actors, Emily Blunt, who interestingly continued, “And maybe that’s a good thing..."

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