The tendency to accept the ‘rules of the game’ and the status quo unquestioningly - The reluctance to accept uncertainty and ambiguity - The unwillingness to appear foolish by suggesting unconventional approaches or ideas - The unwillingness to take risks in looking at different approaches or ideas - The lack of belief that you can be creative it is never easy to change an inherent tendency, but it can be done, and recognizing these blocks to creativity and then dismantling them is the first step. Dimensions of creativity - Abstraction = ability to apply abstract concepts/ideas - Connection = ability to make connections between things that do not appear connected - Perspective = ability to shift one’s perspective on a situation in terms of space, time and other people - Curiosity = desire to change or improve things that others see as normal - Boldness = confidence to push boundaries beyond accepted conventions; ability to eliminate the fear of what others might think of you - Paradox = ability to simultaneously accept and work with statements that are contradictory - Complexity = ability to carry large quantities of information and be able to manipulate and mange the relationship between such information
- Persistence = ability to force oneself to keep trying to generate more and stronger solutions even when goodness have already been generated. GENERATING KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS A prerequisite to all creative processes is the generation of knowledge and the awareness of different ideas. We are constrained by our prior knowledge so we need to expand it Unaware of information and knowledge that is generated around us Subconscious ‘incubation period’ happens when you are engaged in other activities and you can let your mind work on the problem. New ideas rarely happen by chance. They take time to germinate and mature. Often big ideas come from ‘collision’ of smaller ideas While creativity underpins the generation of ideas, a prerequisite of this is connectivity – a connection with and an awareness of what is going on in the world in general. Networks can provide opportunities to form partnerships, either formally or informally so as to better exploit an opportunity. Ideas, knowledge & information can come from many sources Active connectivity: meeting diverse range of people – network Connectivity, extends beyond any industry or market context. It is not just about being aware of different approaches or perspectives on a problem, but also about getting the brain to accept that there are different ways of doing things – developing an open and enquiring mind. Be open to ideas from every source and not being inward looking DEVELOPING DISCOVERY SKILLS Entrepreneurship is not just about knowledge, awareness and connectivity. Dyer et al. (2009) found five ‘discovery skills’ that made entrepreneurs particularly adept at linking market opportunity and innovation: Connectivity is a prerequisite to creativity. It generates new knowledge and information.
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