Please review all materials on creativity and decision-making to receive attendance credit for the week. Please write a 500-word reflection paper that discusses your key learning and how you might apply this learning. No need for additional research. Also, cite if you use outside sources. I will review these papers for credit but not provide feedback. If papers are under 500 words, no credit will be given. Also, if papers are not submitted in Microsoft Word, a credit will not be given. There are no make-ups for the reflections paper that will count against your participation credit. Students can miss a total of 2 reflection papers and or live classes before points are taken off.
How to become more creative and make better decisions!
Dr. Craig Nathanson
Solving Problems Creatively
Creativity is an art and a science
Sometimes it takes a different perspective
Motion changes emotion
Sometimes it takes thinking about how you are going to think about it
Every decision is an opportunity to move forward
Solving Problems Creatively
The leaders job is inherently a problem-solving job
To be a leader of one’s self and others you must become a facilitator of the process of moving ideas and opportunities from here to there
“… going deeper has a very practical value. Artists produce their best and most creative work when they aren’t afraid to take risks, to endure criticism or embarrassment or even failure. To me, such risk-taking is the primary challenge not just for an artist, but for any truly creative executive.”
Michael Eisner, Chaiman & CEO of Disney from “Managing a Creative Organization,”1996
Involves the use of intuition, ingenuity, insight
Rather than narrowing down to “one best decision,” opening to create new possibilities, many alternatives
Outgrowth of training and experience
Creativity and Problem solving
Desired state (Future)
If there is no difference between where you think you are and where you want to be; you have no challenge!
Our thinking creates problems that the same type of thinking will not solve (Einstein)
To Foster Creativity and solve challenges…(Dilts)
Think about the challenge in a different way then when it was created
Uncover and increase the solution space
Expand our perception of it
Find elements in the larger solution space that can solve it
Find limiting assumptions
Identify/apply new resources
Use divergent thinking
Align to new goals and plans
The Walt Disney creative strategy
Walking as a strategy for creativity
To Foster Creativity…
sponsor, mentor, champion new ideas and their generators
relax, empty mind, take time
learn to listen to, trust intuition
“play” with ideas, games
Ten steps to better creativity now!
1. Go outside more often
2. Move often
4.Talk out loud
6.Change your environment
7.Think from new perspectives
8.Use divergent thinking
9.Give yourself advice
When you are deprived from play…
You get depressed!
Craig’s hanger and rusty can
How can your make your life more playful!