Creativity is not an innate skill limited to those who have a strong artistic streak. It is a skill that can be nurtured and applied to any career path.
Creative thinking skills help you:
- perceive patterns that are not obvious to develop a new way to solve a problem
- resolve a conflict between employees
- make a discovery from a dataset
This means that creative thought can be made by employees in both artistic positions and highly technical positions.
Compiled below is a list of ways to practice your creative thinking skills in any occupation:
1. Analyzing the object or area of focus by asking clever questions
To think creatively about something, it is important to examine and understand it first to know what it means. Once you have made a thorough understanding of the object or social relationship of your interest, you can ask the following questions as creative thinking exercises:
- What would happen if I changed something about my subject of interest?
- What would I change or improve about this if I want to use my subject of interest in 10 years?
- What would I do if I had a budget of BDT 10,00,000 to improve my subject of interest now?
2. Taking time out of your day to daydream
It is all too easy to get into the habit of completing the main tasks at hand and then spend leisure time on Netflix or browse social media. It may seem counterintuitive to sit and do nothing for an hour, but that’s exactly what you need to do to get into an open-minded thought process facilitating creative thinking activities in an era of information overload in a highly charged urban life.
To practice, look at the things around you and ask yourself the 3 questions from our earlier prompt.
3. Getting organized with your time for cohesive thinking
Now that you are familiar with how to analyze and ask clever questions and are also working on the method of daydreaming, you can put these habits to practice on your own or with your team by allocating a fixed amount of time every day to think creatively about new projects or ideas. To ensure chances of success during these daily or weekly sessions, it is recommended to plan these sessions around a specific topic or object of interest.
4. Communicating your ideas and listening to others
Your ideas can only truly be appreciated by others if you communicate them effectively. To do this, you can practice your written and oral communication skills. Successful creative thinking and problem-solving require gaining a thorough understanding of the situation as a premise. To do this, it is important to ask the right questions and be a good listener. When sharing your idea, you can excite and entice listeners by pitching ideas in 2-3 sentences and with short presentations.
5. Being a team player with members from different backgrounds
Great innovators need people around so that they can work together to conceive ideas and implement them effectively. This involves the notion of ‘bouncing ideas’ back and forth between your team members and networks from different specializations to evolve ideas. This can be practiced in work teams, networking events, or workshops.
Creative thinking skills require daily practice. Enroll in our certified course,
Creative Thinking in a Rapidly Changing Workplace, to learn in more detail creative thinking barriers and techniques to implement innovation in the face of disruption and limitations.