Tools (184): http://www.mycoted.com/Category:Creativity_Techniques
Puzzles (58): http://www.mycoted.com/Category:Puzzles
Mycoted is dedicated to improving Creativity and Innovation for solving problems worldwide, with that in mind, they provide a central repository for Creativity and Innovation on the Internet as a summary of tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles, book reviews etc, that is open to all - and can be written by all (Yes, Wikis rules!).
(Mycoted is a small UK company which offers a range of services to assist in creativity and innovation.)
- Brainstorming (You still need the free-flow once a while!)
- Six Thinking Hats (Simply awesome to focus and broaden individual/ collaborative thinking!)
- Fishbone Diagram (Problem analysis and identification)
- Five Ws and H (Who? Why? What? Where? When? How? Inspector Gadget stuff!)
- Why Why Why (This one can drive the root (cause) nuts, but you will in the end find it!)
- SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats! Standard one!)
- Disney Creativity Strategy (The secret tool to Walt Disney's success! Just try it!)
Of course, there are many more wonderful and complex tools (e.g. TRIZ) in the repository, but the above mentioned ones do not require much learning (as far as I know), before you can facilitate some juicy creative and critical thinking out of yourself or your team.THINKING PUZZLES?
If that is not enough, you could always check out the nutty quotes by famous people in the past. Here are a few that gives us hope!
- "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
- "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" --H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
- "Everything that can be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
- "640K ought to be enough for anybody." - Bill Gates, 1981
Yes, if you have said or done something stupid you need not worry, because you might be the next Bill Gates! In other words, don't be afraid to think-out-loud, explore, learn, reflect, and ask for feedback. Failure provides us with great opportunities to really succeed (if we keep on trying creatively). So, celebrate noble failure (Motorola does, if I am not mistaken).
As we are increasingly moving into the global innovation driven economy, we have no choice but to beef up our creative, critical and innovative thinking skills. We all have tremendous ability, and by using some of the thinking tools we can perhaps get a little upper-hand (at least against those that don't) were possible.
However, thinking tools is not enough, and the greatest thinkers throughout time can testify to this. You also need to continuously explore, digest, learn, and individually/collaboratively reflect new (and old) information and knowledge, as this is the fuel to great new ideas, inventions, products and services. The thinking tools can speed up the output process, but you still need a lot of knowledge fuel as input (if you want to produce really wonderful ideas!). No, Google is not enough! Our brain works in funny ways when we understand and digest knowledge. Our sometimes amazing practical intelligence or gut feeling ability is often a result of all the knowledge (and wisdom) we have learned in the past.
Finally, I will end this post (or it will go on and on!), by sharing a few more excellent quotes to think about:
- "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney.
- "Problems cannot be solved by thinking within the framework in which the problems were created." -- Albert Einstein.
- "Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist." - Thomas Disch
- None of us are as smart as all of us." - Japanese proverb
- "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." - Carl Jung.
- "Without problems there would be no reason to improve." - Benjamin C Jones.
"Seek Knowledge from the Cradle to the Grave."
- Prophet Muhammed (pbuh)
LIFELONG LEARNING :)