Thursday, February 22, 2007

Change Requires Creativity

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein


If we keep thinking the same way as we have in the past then our future will be what we have now. Want a different future? Then we need new ways to look at a problem or a goal to find new ideas on actions we can take and would lead to a different results.

How can we do that?

Edward De Bono  a famous thinker in one of his books '6 Thinking Hats' asked business groups to think differently about a topic by imagining themselves wearing different colour hats each representing a different perspective (black- Rational, white - data, yellow - positive, green - creative, red - emotions, and blue - thinking about thinking).

We can use variations on this theme to temporarily change our own thinking.  You could imagine yourself wearing a cowboy hat and imagine how a cowboy  would think about the situation. It can be a number of different hats, styles of clothing, being a movie star role, a famous person. It can be anything you choose as long as it forces you to use your imagination to think differently about your goal or problem. Make it fun because humour and creativity are seeing the same old situation in a new way. You should have a minimum of three different perspectives in order to generate enough ideas that will give you some choices to then evaluate.

I would be interested in hearing the creative solutions that you use to change your thinking and come up with new ideas.


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