From the age of 5 until round about 60 we become less creative, according to research. So is this inevitable or is there something we can do about it?
Dr. Robert Epstein talked about the four creative competences and even has suggested that we can improve each one of them. So what are they?
Capturing- creative people have ways to capture their ideas wherever they might be Broadening- learning new things outside your comfort zone exposes you to new ways of thinking and can boost creativity. Challenging- taking on new hobbies, responsibilities, doing things that may fail, challenges old ways if thinking Surroundings - what can you do to make your surroundings stimulating?
As a facilitator, if you improve these four areas it will impact your role in a a very positive way. So let us look at some ways of developing these competencies:
Capturing: use your smartphone to take pictures of your ideas, or record memos of your thoughts, carry a notebook or use post-its and an ideas board, write a blog or tweet about your ideas
Broadening: talk to people you have nothing in common with and be interested in how they go about their job/hobbies etc, join a forum on LinkedIn on a subject you know very little about, subscribe to a newsletter from a company whose services you may or may not use.
Challenging: volunteer to chair a meeting, take on a new role within your team for which you have little experience - learn from your mistakes!
Surroundings: walk and talk with a colleague, meet colleagues in a cafe, put up inspirational quotes around your desk, put up holiday photos around your workspace
With 30 years experience in L&D, Krystyna has been training trainers, facilitators and subject matter experts as well as line managers since 2008. Noticing a lack of experience and skill in the area of needs analysis drove her to write her book 'How to Not...