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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. 
      

Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity, far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional).

     

....psychologically, creative personality types are ... complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. ...not just a stereotype of the "tortured artist" -- artists really may be more complicated people.

    

Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, [said], "Imaginative people have messier minds."

   

Excerpts from the full list of 18:
     
They daydream.   Creative types know that daydreaming is anything but a waste of time.   ...mind-wandering can aid in the process of "creative incubation." ...from experience [we know] that our best ideas come seemingly out of the blue when our minds are elsewhere.

    

They observe everything.

Henry James is widely quoted, a writer is someone on whom "nothing is lost."
    
They take time for solitude."In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone," wrote the American existential psychologist Rollo May. 

     

They turn life's obstacles around.  Specifically, researchers have found that trauma can help people to grow in the areas of interpersonal relationships, spirituality, appreciation of life, personal strength, and -- most importantly for creativity -- seeing new possibilities in life.

     


They take risks.


.... "Creativity is the act of making something from nothing. It requires making public those bets first placed by imagination. This is not a job for the timid. Time wasted, reputation tarnished, money not well spent -- these are all by-products of creativity gone awry."


    


They make time for mindfulness.


Creative types understand the value of a clear and focused mind -- because their work depends on it. Many artists, entrepreneurs, writers and other creative workers, such as David Lynch,  have turned to meditation as a tool for tapping into their most creative state of mind.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's helpful to see this 2014 version of what distinguishes creatives, updated with mindfulness practice, yet listing daydreaming in the first, #1 spot.  The article offers a quote from the writer Joan Didion's notebook , "We are talking about something private, about bits of the mind’s string too short to use, an indiscriminate and erratic assemblage with meaning only for its marker."  ~  D

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Robin Martin's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:14 PM

Thanks for sharing this, Deb! Loved it!

Christi Krug's curator insight, May 6, 2014 11:11 AM

I can relate to this! "Imaginative people have messier minds."

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What's Deadly about Workplace Hierarchy, Developing Performance

What's Deadly about Workplace Hierarchy, Developing Performance | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

“[Hierarchies] are not very good at mobilizing effort, at inspiring people to go above and beyond.” Gary Hamel   ...hierarchy is a relic. ...It slows communication...decision-making...input. It discriminates against new talent and advocates for the familiar. .....Fresh ideas are stifled in hierarchies.
 

Hierarchies were useful to control employees when they could be easily replaced. Today it takes more than holding a job to motivate employees. They want to unleash their strengths, apply their passions and work alongside others who do the same

In time, rigid hierarchies...controlled by personality at the top will be outdone by nimble organizations that give power to teams. This ...shift gives the competitive advantage to businesses that leverage the collective talents of their people. ...organizations cannot thrive...with outdated structures that celebrate the individual at the top of the pyramid.
    

It’s more than seeking employees’ inputs, however. Replacing hierarchy means putting employees at the table co-creating solutions with managers, if they exist, to drive business results.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Performance and talent management systems tend to exist now embedded in hierarchical systems.  Talent & performance development requires something quite diffferent, unhinged from industrial age systems, as the author implies. ~  D

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