The nine-dot problem is a classical test on how to think outside the box.. The challenge is to draw four straight lines, connecting each other and all nine dots.
Once you have found the solution, I would like you to think on how to likewise, connect them with only three lines. But this was only the warm-up. Now, I want to put you to a real creative test. How could this be done with only one line?
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If you believe that the one-in-a-million idea spontaneously appears in a vacuum, then you’re wrong. Problem-solving is a process that begins already when you are born. Getting acquainted with this process is very helpful if you want to train your creative muscles, be it in research, art or innovations.
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In discussions, we often end up in opposition to each other and then tend to get stuck defending our own position. In such a situation, it is often difficult to move on. A good method to get out of such locked positions when evaluating problems or ideas, is to use a technique called Six Thinking Hats, developed by Edward de Bono.
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The traditional organisation is led by a traditional leader. The traditional leadership is focused on improving, streamlining, standardising and cutting costs. This requires managers who are goal-oriented, strong-willed, results-oriented, and can show the direction with the whole hand.
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The psychology professor and creativity researcher Mihály Csikszentmihályi has studied nearly a hundred highly creative individuals, who were groundbreaking in their fields, to try to understand what it is that makes them manage to come up with and implement so many new and revolutionary ideas.
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When facing a problem, don’t settle for the first and most obvious solution.
This is a short story on thinking outside the box. In a physics exam at the University of Copenhagen, the students were asked how to measure the height of a skyscraper using a barometer. One of the students suggested that you go up on the rooftop, tie a string to the barometer and lower it down to the ground and then measure the length of the string. The professor gave the student zero points on the question with reference to the fact that with his answer he did not demonstrate any knowledge of physics.The student complained with the motivation that the answer was obviously correct and, after some arguments, he was given the opportunity to provide an alternative solution to the problem.
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The filter functions in your brain protect you from information overload, but they may also put barriers between you and your surroundings with all its diversity, complexity and beauty. Conscious awareness and mindfulness will help you toning down these filters, and thus helping you becoming more aware and creative.
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