Want to be good at creativity? Be bad at creativity.

Virtually anywhere you reside in the world of business today, you are challenged to get creative – in finding new business opportunities, doing more with less, finding creative solutions to nagging problems, etc. But for many of us, finding creative solutions is an elusive endeavor. And even for the few who have a spark of natural creativity, finding real solutions is a hit-and-miss proposition at best.

I recently came across two authors who advocated the same approach to finding creative solutions to business problems. Their advice is this – in order to be good at creativity, you first need to be bad at it. In other words, look for bad ideas before you try for good ideas. Hmmm, this seems interesting. Ever been in a meeting where bad ideas abound? Now you can use these to find good ideas.

Take a look at the posts below. They are brief, but worthy of remembering next time you need to find a creative solution to a nagging problem.

Why you should come up with at least 1 bad idea today

How to Be More Creative (Step 1: Destroy)

There are many tools and methods available to help stimulate creativity in business situations. What methods have worked for you? Any tips to help make the creative process more effective?

What’s the secret of being really good at something?

And…how do we unlock it? This is a question I ponder often in my role as consultant, teacher and coach; because much of my job is helping business professionals get better at theirs.

A friend of mine suggested I pick up “The Talent Code” – a book that explores this question in new ways. He read it to help his golf game and thought it could help mine (it can). He also thought the ideas would be useful to business professionals. So I downloaded it to my Kindle and started reading. Read more…

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