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February 6, 2024

Generative Thinking: Unboxing Creativity

by Chris Griffiths posted in Proactive Thinking.

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In today’s fast-paced world, where innovation drives success, generative thinking is an indispensable skill required for both individuals and businesses. To excel requires both the execution of tasks effectively and the ability to think creatively, to generate and explore numerous ideas and possibilities.

Generative thinking, is essentially a mechanism for idea generation, a technique that assists in producing new alternatives, solutions and concepts. It is not confined to a specific area like product development or marketing; it holds importance across business and education, be it strategic planning, operational management, financial considerations, or finding creative ways to explore new topics.

The power to create lies heavily in generative thinking. Thus, it is necessary to cultivate an environment that promotes it. There are four principles that enhance generative thinking:

  1. Pursue Quantity: Aim for numerous ideas when brainstorming. The more ideas generated, the higher the chances of discovering the breakthrough concept that you need for success.
  2. Welcome Unorthodox Ideas: Generative thinking requires stretching the imagination beyond conventional thinking and accepting wild ideas, however impractical they may seem. Do not be afraid to daydream with focus.
  3. Delay Judgment: It is fundamental to refrain from evaluating ideas during the brainstorming process. A judgment-free atmosphere simplifies the flow of ideas, fostering more creativity.
  4. Enhance and Combine Ideas: This involves refining and linking already suggested ideas, taking half-baked ideas, and by association, developing them into mature concepts.

But like every coin has two sides, generative thinking comes with risks. Over-analysis and early judgement often obstruct creativity. Biased preference towards specific ideas can lead to the exclusion of alternative and potentially innovative solutions. Conversely, excessive creativity without logic has little practical value. The key is to balance creativity with analytics.

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What distinguishes brilliant thinkers is their ability to use generative thinking methodically throughout the innovation process. Generative thinking is not merely a technique for the initial stage of idea generation. It can be applied at every stage of the problem-solving process – from identifying problems to implementing solutions.

Ultimately, strategic implementation of generative thinking transforms creativity into purposeful innovation. Applying strategies based on generative thinking can unlock each person’s creative potential, despite varying intellectual levels or inclinations.

To sum up, generative thinking is the key to innovation. By embracing generative thinking principles, nurturing creative ideas without immediate judgment, and combining diverse concepts, we pave the way for success.

Chris Griffiths

Chris Griffiths, is a bestselling author with decades of experience in the areas of creativity, metacognition and innovation. His books have been published in over 20 languages and his previous title ‘The Creative Thinking Handbook’ was selected by Forbes as one of the best books to “get your creative juices flowing” and named the #1 business book for inspiring innovation by CEO Today. He is an advocate of using technology to improve thinking, and his latest app, Ayoa.com, is used by millions worldwide.

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