• CEOs Are Asking for Creativity
• How Do I Find A Creative Expert?
• What Is Creativity?
• Why Is Creative Thinking
Creative Thinking Process
Myths About Creativity
Paralyzing Power of Previous
the Mind Works
Does Your Experience Affect
Are We So Critical?
Mind Has A Creative Immune System
10 Mental Blocks To Creativity
One "Right Answer"
Logic Can Kill Creativity
Be Creative - Break Some Rules
Be Creative - Is That Practical?
Play is Creative
Make Time To Think Creatively
Being Creative Is "Not My Job"
Don't Be Afraid To Be Creative
Is Creativity Wrong?
• The Sly As A
• Idea Rockets
• All Factors
Possible Alternatives (APA)
• Combination Creativity
• The Sly As
A Fox Workshop -
Bring Creative Thinking To Your Company
The 10 Mental Blocks To Creativity
concepts are adapted from Van Oech’s book, A Whack On The Side Of
The Head, combined with my own experiences and suggestions. You may
want to pick up a copy of his book. It’s an excellent book on creativity
and I highly recommend it. Here is the condensed version of the key points
1. One “Right Answer”
We are all born with creativity but the school systems, socialization,
and our parents take it away from us.
Think about it. We talked earlier about how quickly we lose our creativity.
We are all born as curious and creative beings. We can invent all kinds
of creative ways to try and get what we want as a child. We play with
things and have incredible imaginations. Santa is real, we fly planes,
and we’re movie stars. We don’t understand or believe it can’t be done.
Then our parents tell us “no” a couple of billion times when we don’t
follow the rules. We get right and wrong beaten into our heads over and
When we start school that’s when things really go down hill for creativity.
The brightest person is the one who comes up with the “right” answer the
quickest. The right answer is the one that conforms to the expectation
in the teacher’s mind. What about all of the creative answers the other
kids have? They don’t get heard. If they take a risk and share a creative
answer, they get laughed at. The result? Creative kids stop raising their
hands. Van Oech says, “Children enter school as question marks and come
out as periods.” Sad, but true.
Van Oech also says, “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it’s
the only one you have.” Maybe a little extreme, but it’s always better
to have a hundred ideas to pick from instead of three. Remember when you
were shopping for your last car? Which situation would you prefer – three
models to pick from or a hundred?
You’re bound to find a better solution if you have a variety of options
to pick from. The problem is, most people stop the search after they find
the first acceptable answer and it’s usually not the best one. If
you really want some creative answers, keep asking the question.
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