“Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart”
— Mencius (Meng-Tse), 4th century BCE
The best-known creativity techniques are:
- Osborn’s brainstorming (1963)
- Altshuller’s theory of inventive problem solving (TRIZ: 1996, 1998)
- De Bono’s lateral thinking (1967)
1. Linear approaches (for idea generation; provide a structure to seek and find alternative solutions)
- Attribute Listening (go beyond what is typical). Attribute Listing focuses on the attributes of an object, seeing how each attribute could be improved. Break the product/process into parts, identify ways of improving each of them, and then bring these modification to create a new product/process.
- Morphological Synthesis. Morphological Synthesis or Analysis uses the same basic technique as Attribute Listing, but is used to create a new product by mixing components in a new way.
- Force Fields Analysis (identifying the forces that may drive or resist a proposed change)
- Mind Mapping
- Idea checklist
2. Intuitive approaches (help individuals or groups in achieving an inner state of calmness when new ideas might appear)
- Imagery - symbols, scenes, images, “using all the scenes to recreate or create an experience in the mind” (Vealey & w\Walter, 1993)
- Analogical Thinking (Ex: Pringles Potato Chips came from analogy of wet leaves, which can be stacked one on the top of the other without being damaged)
- Meditation. Some people swim or go for a walk. I like going for a walk on my own to the forest next to my house– usually take a note book and a pen and write down the ideas that come to my mind.
Three Must-Haves for Team Creativity. 3 tips from Teresa Amabile interviewed by Daniel Goleman:
Weird Things To Boost Your Creativity
- Go and work from a coffee shop from time to time
- Listen to your favorite music
- Switch to dim light mode
- Fight routine
- Whatever you think, think the opposite
- Daydream. Interested in creating your dream map? Read my post on this.