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February 6, 2024

How To Make The Right Decision: Understanding the Power of Creativity in Analytical Thinking

by Chris Griffiths posted in Proactive Thinking.

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If you’ve ever been told that you’re an analytical thinker, you’ve probably considered yourself part of a special group of problem-solvers who excel at crunching numbers, organising complex data, and making logical reasoning. However, have you ever thought that your analytical thinking could be heightened if you added a dash of creativity?

Wait! Don’t shrug off the possibility. Contrary to reductive beliefs that creative and analytical thinking belong at opposite ends, research is continually unveiling the potential synergy between the two.

Converging Two Distinct Universes

Traditionally, the analytical approach emphasises a methodical step-by-step problem-solving technique. It is often referred to as “black-and-white” thinking, which is highly systematic and calculated. However, contrary to popular belief, this type of thinking doesn’t exist in isolation. Analytical thinking actually thrives even more when it slides into the realm of creativity.

The traditional version encourages us to gather and scrutinise data before coming to a final decision. While that’s completely valid, the approach sometimes falls short in nurturing the imagination spark needed to generate alternative solutions. A solution-focused analytical process broadens this perspective and arms it with a creative flair, enabling one to see beyond the known and explore untapped possibilities.

Chess Checkmate

Let’s put it this way—think of the superior chess player who, though reliant on logic and strategy, is also intuitive, swift, and explorative. Lucky them, they’ve unlocked the secret doorway to amplified analytical thinking: creativity. Grandmasters are all great examples – they are able to imagine the game unfolding multiple moves ahead. They essentially are using focused daydreaming to play out the game before even making a single move.

Breaking the ‘Logic versus Emotion’ Divide

It’s time to debunk the age-old belief that logic and emotion cannot coexist. The mainstream notion requires us to be reasonable and emotionless when analysing, considering emotions as a distraction from pure logic. This, my friends, might not be the whole truth.

Emotions and intuition play a subtle yet crucial role in the decision-making process. They help us resonate with our choices, bringing an unanticipated perspective that could influence our decisions, adding a unique spice and depth to the analytical process.

The Dance of Creativity and Analytical Thinking

Analytical thinking, on its own, would be insufficient. Yes, you read that right! It is fantastic at evading the errors of erratic thinking but doesn’t completely cover the realms of creativity crucial for problem-solving and decision-making.

Overly Analytical

Analysing your problem will undoubtedly help you understand it, but the exploration and sourcing of new perspectives become possible when you embrace creativity. The integration of creative elements can help you rethink, reimagine, and reformulate your analysis better. It opens up a world of fresh, unconventional, and dynamic solutions that pure analysis might overlook.

Remember, it’s not a competition between creativity and analysis—it’s a brilliant collaboration.

Boosting Generative Thinking in the Analytical Phase

Here is where it becomes interesting. You can actually foster divergent thinking even during the analytical stage, keeping your thought process vibrant and born anew. Instead of settling for ideas that simply ‘make sense,’ you can choose to explore a myriad of perspectives before arriving at a unique resolution, one that brightens your problem-solving process like a sparkler on a clear night sky.

Bringing in creative elements during your analytical phase broadens your intellectual capacity and equips you with intuitive judgement. This blend of creativity and analysis keeps you steady and balanced while making decisions of any kind.In Essence…

The potential of analytical thinking becomes boundless when infused with creativity. This creative-analytical partnership enables us to comprehend, evaluate and make decisions in a more informed and well-rounded way.

Be Creative

So next time you find yourself in the world of analytical thinking, don’t be afraid to unleash your creativity. You’ll be amazed by the magic that unfolds! And remember, as the Ambassador Spock of Star Trek said, “I always had a different vision than my father, the ability to see beyond pure logic… I have discovered it to be a source of extraordinary strength.”

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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