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Fostering creativity

Posted by Vicki Moulton on April 6, 2011

It’s always fun to find a blog that imparts wisdom. Today I found out about a great blog from a company called Talent Grow

For many of my colleagues, the idea of fostering creativity is something completely natural. For some of my clients, it’s completely alien.

One of the Talent Grow blog posts hit home for me today, and I’d like to share. Here is an excerpt from a January 2011 post called “Creativity is for Everyone“:

What can everyday, ordinary people do to become more creative?

  1. Exposure to creativity begets more creativity. The more people are surrounded by or allowed to witness creative thinking, creative ideas, and creative problem-solving, the more likely they will be to model that kind of divergent thinking.
  2. Positive emotions and lowered risk-aversion increase creativity. The more positive and uninhibited they are, the more likely people will be to think more creatively. If they feel like they have to act very seriously and be perfect and error-proof, the less likely they will be to take risks or let down their guard. Their creative thinking will be stifled as a result.
  3. Take yourself outside of your comfort zone. Being in a new and different environment, or using things in ways they weren’t meant to be used, can help creative break-through thinking and spark new ideas.
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4 Responses to “Fostering creativity”

  1. Thanks for visiting and enjoying my blog, Vicki. I am so pleased you found it useful and flattered that you wrote about it!
    Halelly

    Halelly Azulay
    TalentGrow

    • Glad you found it and took the time to comment here! I heard about your company from my friend and colleague Dawn Rhine of Synergy Forces, and then I noticed that you’re Facebook friends with Beth Rabinowitz, a former colleague of mine and, incidentally, a former client as well (I helped her with the launch of her company, coming up with the name and helping to organize and edit the website content, back in the day). Small world!

  2. Vicki,

    I really enjoyed your post. The idea of fostering creativity is so important. I find that many people in my field (accounting and finance) tend to shun words like creative. It is a shame because without creativity, solutions for any business (or life) opportunities are not fully realized.
    Thanks again,

    Morgen McDowell
    McDowell Financial Services

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