Creative Thinking Techniques and The Tools to Use

Creativity is the ability to imagine or invent something new. We are all creative beings, but many of us have forgotten this habit due to excessive rational thinking when solving problems. Here are some creativity techniques and tools.

Highlights

  • Extraction of ideas from other disciplines
  • Think of opposites
  • Focus on the absurd
  • Reframe the question
  • Stop thinking, give yourself a break
  • Brainstorming
  • Related worlds
  • Future Memory
  • From the Impossible to the Possible
  • What if? (Assumption Reversal)

Most creative people generate new ideas from the combination or modification of existing ideas, and, above all, they are aware that they can continuously improve ideas.

Creativity Tools and Techniques

There are a series of creativity tools for generating new ideas, they are:

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Extraction Of Ideas From Other Disciplines:

Applying a new perspective on a different profession or discipline can stimulate discoveries.

Think Of Opposites:

Thinking about simultaneous opposites turns the topic into a paradox that can help you find a helpful analogy.

Look For Analogies:

You probably have several areas of expertise that you underestimate. Apply the experience you have in a specific field to another diametrically different field.

Focus On The Absurd:

Focusing on the absurd helps us discover new ideas. What do most people in your field think would be impossible? Is it that way? Or is it just complicated?

Reframe The Question:

We often do not find an adequate solution to our questions because they are formulated inadequately. We need to find the right question, and only then can we try to find the answer. Rethinking a new way of asking generates new ideas that can make it possible to find the solution.

Stop Thinking, Give Yourself A Break:

As a friend of mine says, “go to the box out of nowhere.” This is precisely why your creativity increases. When you stop squatting your mind every day, you make room for the new.

Currents of the “mindfulness” type promote mindfulness as a source of increased creativity and innovation. To stop, meditation techniques can help you enormously, but also take a walk in nature. The key is to seek some peace of mind and a disconnect with your emotions.

Other More Formal Methods

If you are not clear about the idea on which you want to start a business. Prepare a creativity session with your team and invite other experts in the sector or potential consumers of the idea to provide valuable insight. Select one of the various commented ideation techniques and assess the results obtained. There are endless creativity tools, such as:

Brainstorming:

It is a creativity tool that encourages ideas about a specific topic or problem.

Related Worlds:

It allows discovering different approaches thanks to thinking about how the same problem would be solved in different sectors or worlds.

Future Memory:

It helps to visualize the reality that you want to attract into your life. Organize the ideas and help you establish the first steps. It seems silly, but it is creativity tools that work.

From the Impossible to the Possible:

Encouraging the generation of ideas about a particular issue or problem by visualizing the situation from different perspectives causes new alternative solutions.

What if? (Assumption Reversal):

Allows you to question the status quo (that is, the state of affairs at the moment) to get a new perspective on the problem or need.

Unified structured inventive thinking

Unified Structured Invention Thinking (USIT) is a structured, problem-solving methodology for finding innovative solution concepts to engineering-design type problems. Historically, USIT is related to Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT), which originated in Israel and is related to TRIZ , the Russian methodology. It differs from TRIZ in many ways, but most importantly it is a simpler methodology, which makes it quicker to learn and easier to apply. It requires no databases or computer software . (But note that the purest application of TRIZ does not require databases or software.) Continue Reading “Unified structured inventive thinking”

Nominal technical group

The nominal technical group ( NGT ) is a group process involving problem identification, solution generation, and decision making. [1] It can be used in groups of many sizes, who wants to make their decision quickly, but only by voting, but wanting everyone’s opinions taken into account. [2] The method of tallying is the difference. First, every member of the group gives their view of the solution, with a short explanation. Then, duplicate solutions are eliminated from the list of all solutions, and the members proceed to rank the solutions, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on. Continue Reading “Nominal technical group”

Computer supported brainstorming

In computer supported brainstorming , team members contribute their ideas through electronic means either synchronously or asynchronously. The brainstorming software selected by the team mediates the individual interactions and helps to organize and shape the brainstorming session. [1] Computer supported brainstorming can be implemented using a wide variety of electronic technologies. Continue Reading “Computer supported brainstorming”

Creativity techniques

Creativity techniques are methods that encourage creative actions, whether in the arts or sciences. They focus on a variety of aspects of creativity, including techniques for idea generation and divergent thinking , methods of re-framing problems, changes in the affective environment and so on. They can be used as part of problem solving , artistic expression, or therapy. Continue Reading “Creativity techniques”