What would our lives, our community, and the world around us be like without creativity and innovation? Think of all the discoveries, inventions, products, services, and general research that takes place in psychology, business, cognitive science, education, technology, engineering, philosophy, theology, sociology, linguistics, and business interactions — none of these exist without creativity. All of these disciplines and specialties explore the relations between creativity and general intelligence, personality type, mental and neurological processes, mental health, and artificial intelligence. In my research as a result-oriented Executive Coach, I and my team constantly explore the potential for fostering creativity through collaborative intelligence. It is the application and merging of our creative resources and innovative activities that help us to expand what we call EEPPSA, (effectiveness, efficiency, precision, productivity, and self-awareness.
So much of my work in personal development, and human potential involves concepts relevant to innovation; Black Swan Effect, Butterfly Effect, Theory of Constraints, collaborative problem-solving, and pattern language. These all from my team’s creative ability to recognize missing elements, problems, disharmonies, gaps in knowledge, and deficiencies, in the visionary thinkers we have clients. With these abilities, directly connected to creativity we can identify a difficulty; search for solutions, make accurate guesses, or formulating hypotheses about the deficiencies: Then we begin testing and retesting these theories. When necessary we modify and retest them. After all of this, even with limited evidence, our clients come to a correct conclusion.
Many people are unclear concerning the distinction between creativity, and innovation. In general, creativity is distinguished from innovation by how an idea is to be implemented. Many of us are creative but lack the multiple intelligences and skills needed to implement these ideas.
So creativity leads to innovation, and innovation must come implementation.
Implementation comes about either by;
· being put into active use,
· being made available for use by other parties, firms, individuals or organizations,
· through discovery, or an invention created by a collaborative team with the ability to innovate.
Collaboration and community are so important because some people are more creative than others. According to Mel Rhodes, the American educational scientist and pioneer in creativity research the dominant factors concerning why some people are more creative than others are connected to “the four Ps” — process, product, person, and place.
There are a number of tools designed to measure creativity. Among the most popular is psychometrics, a way of measuring creativity.
Statistical analysis led to the recognition of creativity (as measured) as a separate aspect of human cognition, apart from IQ-type intelligence, into which it had previously been subsumed. Research that a person could be creative on a very advanced level but have a low IQ, a person might have a very high IQ but low creative ability. This is why Howard Gardner and his Theory of Multiple Intelligences was so important when first developed in the 1980s. Today his ideas are widely taught in Teacher’s Colleges.
What Qualities do the Most Creative and Innovative Individuals Exhibit?
The most creative and innovative individuals tend to exhibit specific qualities including openness, levels of ideation, autonomy, expertise, exploratory behavior, and so on. The environment also has a powerful influence on whether or not creativity will flourish. Among the most influential environmental factors are degrees of autonomy, access to resources, and the nature of gatekeepers — those who have the power to create obstacles or in other ways keep a creator from accessing necessary resources.
Now let’s go a little more advanced. It is important that we draw a distinction between what is called “convergent thinking”, and “divergent thinking”
· Convergent thinking involves aiming for a single, correct solution to a problem,
· divergent thinking involves the creative generation of multiple correct answers to a specific problem.
For the innovative thinker, it is divergent thinking that is of greatest importance to the creative process. In game theory, this way of problem-solving is called mixed strategies. Mixed strategies are what you are observing in television shows like Macgyver, and House M.D.
About the author: I am a game theorist and self-improvement coach offering advice for innovators of all levels who are dealing with obstacles and constraints.
Most of my Medium stories related to self-improvement, life lessons, mental health, and gaming are anchored into the concept of Applied Game Theory. This idea explores how and why people make certain choices. Researchers into game theory have won over twenty Noble Prizes. The movie “A Beautiful Mind” is about the life of John Nash, one of the pioneers in game theory. Learn more about this powerful tool for self-improvement in the Medium.com article below. It was written so that a 12-year old can easily understand and apply the simple 3 step system. The article also includes a short interview of me with Jim Selman a pioneer and thought leader in leadership, business success, and innovation.
The Best Introduction to Game Theory, Simple and Easy to Understand — Written for a 12-Year-Old
Q. Lewis, what is the meaning of game theory?
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