The Creation Of Technology and Cultural

Mental flexibility.
Creative people can easily discard one line of thought and switch to other, loosely related frames of reference. They can focus on small issues or step back and take in the broad, overall picture. A creative individual can also be something of a juggles and mentally speaking, keep several balls in the air at the same time.

This is the ability to give unusual or unexpected answers to questions or problems. Such originality might appear in the guise of creating 'jokes' out of every day, mundane situations. Alternatively it might manifest itself in rate and unusual interpretations of ambiguous 'pictures' like the famous inkblot.

Creative people tend to be interested in the world around them, in ideas, events, nature, other people, technology, cultural or leisure pursuits and so on. As Dr. Johnson wrote, 'Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect. A wide-ranging and voracious curiosity can be very helpful in allowing individuals to make connections between disparate and seemingly unrelated things - one of the hallmarks of a creative mind.

Suspension of judgment. This is a very important and valuable characteristic in creative teamwork. Innovative ideas generally start life as tentative, half-baked notions which could never withstand rigorous analysis. Creative people recognize that seedling ideas need to be protected from harsh, overly hasty criticism. By not rushing to judgment, creative people allow themselves to play with ideas -other people's as well as their own - discovering their positive aspects as well as their drawbacks. They can therefore make more balanced appraisals which will be further down the creative track than those of their more judgmental colleagues.
This quality can be seen in an individual's responses to questions such as:

1. What do you think of an idea for producing chess pieces made of chocolate?
2. What do you think of the idea of getting more people to take their holidays in the UK, rather than abroad?
3. What do you think of the idea of motorizing the wheelbarrow?
4. What do you think of the idea of putting 'governors' on cars so that they can't exceed 50mph?

Impulse acceptance.
Creative people are more likely than their less creative colleagues to accept bizarre or unorthodox solutions to problems. Because such ideas trigger their imaginations, creative people are more likely to respond impulsively, where others would opt for more measured and conventional behavior. It is difficult to test for this characteristic, but most of us have witnessed it in group discussions at work.

Lack of deference.
Highly creative people are more willing to challenge authority than less creative individuals (although not everyone who challenges authority is necessarily creative). It appears that creative people are motivated by the challenge of a problem and find hierarchical power and authority a hindrance.

An individual's attitude to authority might be gauged in several ways:
1. Careful assessment of past behavior.
2. Discussions about career history, especially why he or she changed jobs at any particular time. Research indicates that creative people often leave jobs when they perceive them to have become too routine or bounded by bureaucracy.
3. Reactions to a case study depicting conflict between a boss and a subordinate. Individuals who question authority are more likely to side with the subordinate.

Creative people tend to be very tolerant of other people's ideas. This trait is related to the ability to suspend judgment. It comes into play specifically as a tendency to respond generously and allow other people the freedom to explore and indulge their own creativity.

Creative individuals often speak in terms of images or mental pictures when trying to describe how they 'see' a problem and its solution. This kind of visual imagination is evidence of an active right hemisphere.

Creative people often tend to become intrigued - even obsessed - with a problem and refuse to give up until a solution is found. They will mull over a problem and even seem to be able to set their subconscious minds to work on tit while asleep or thinking of something else. Inspiration, when it comes, might occur at some odd moment - walking the dog or mowing the lawn - rather than while sitting at a desk at work.

Creativity assessment.
The creative traits assessment worksheet may prove useful in helping to identify the creative people in your organization. For each individual under consideration, select a 'score' for each trait, where 0 indicates that the quality is completely absent and 10 indicates that it is highly characteristic of the individual. A more balanced assessment may be reached if several people assess each individual independently and the various 'scores' for each person are averaged.***
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