Skills That Help Innovative Thinking

“Inventions and ideas are products of innovative thinking…

Ideas rule the world! ”

While I was putting this piece together, a friend engaged me in a discussion on the relationship between innovative and creative thinking. The difference between Innovative and creative thinking is like six and half a dozen. Creative thinking is the ability to let your mind create thoughts that are often different and unusual. Creative thinking evolves around the idea of thinking beyond the scope of the norm. It is all about being able to think outside the box and be original in your thought. In a nutshell, innovation is creativity and creativity is innovation, therefore the two can be used interchangeably. . Much ado about the definition, let us quickly go to the issue of the day, what skills help in creative thinking?

If creative or innovative thinking does not come naturally to you then do not worry, you can still develop the skill. You do not have to be a natural. In fact, all you need is to bring the skills you have to the table and build upon them to make yourself a creative thinker. Here are some skills you likely have already that can be used to develop creative Thinking.

One, Organizational Skills – Being organized may seem the opposite of being creative. When people think of creativity they often think unstructured thought and unorganized behaviours, but actually creative thought can be quite organized. When you are organized, you are able to better sift through your thoughts and get to the heart of the good idea.

Two, Reasoning Skills – Being able to reason is very helpful in creative thinking. Reasoning skills come in handy when you are analysing a situation. You are able to decide right away what will work and what will not work.

Three, Objectivity – Being able to be objective allows you consider many possibilities and not just be stuck on the obvious. This is the key to creative thinking.

Four, Any skills in the arts. This includes music, writing and artwork, like painting or sculpting. Having these artistic skills means your mind is already used to thinking outside the box. You have the ability to be creative and therefore you are predisposed to creative thinking.

While creative or innovative thinking is a skill itself, it does take other skills to be good innovative thinker. You may already have the skills described above or if you do not, then it can help to develop those skills before you start to work on creative thinking skills. This will help you make developing creative thinking a little easier.

Let end this piece with some techniques in innovative thinking. The way a person goes about creative thinking is a very individual process. There are really no hard-set rules, but creative thinking, as any way of thinking usually follows a general process. Understanding the general process can help you to be a better creative thinker and make it easier for you to be a creative thinker. There are about four identified steps in creative thinking process.


Step 1: Analysis

You begin by looking at situation. You should take in everything you can about the situation. Get details and ask questions. You must really know the situation at this point. Question everything, be like a two year old child and ask why. You may even know the answer already, but ask anyway. Question leads to ideas.   Analysis involves finding out who, what, where, when and how of the situation. Once analysis is complete, you should be able to completely explain the situation at this point.



Step 2: Brainstorming

This is the true area of creative thinking. Once you know about the situation, you can begin to start thinking. You can brainstorm in any manner that works for you. You may begin to start thinking. You may just shout out ideas or may write them down. Whatever works for you is best to do. Brainstorming can take on many forms. You can write things down talk things out or even conduct experiments. Brainstorming should be free flowing and recorded so no good ideas are lost.


Step 3: Break it down

Now that you have a nice collection of ideas, you can start going through them and weeding out ones that will not work. You may find that if you change an idea just a little that it will work much better. This step is all about tweaking your ideas. You will go over your ideas and weed out those that are not going to work. You should end up with the ideas that seem to be the best solution.


Step 4: Review      

The final step involves getting you final idea. This will help you to come up with one or two ideas that seem to stand out and be the best ideas. You will go over the ideas you have left and narrow them down even more to one or two

plausible ideas. You should then be able to go into detail of how each idea will work and how it will be implemented. Being an innovative or a creative thinker involve being able to think without a lot of structure, but these four steps are the basics of any thinking process. They may help you to be a better creative thinker.

Becoming a creative thinker is about training your mind and making a conscious effort to be more creative. Start out by letting yourself to be more creative in general. You can apply these principles in your church as a pastor, a movement leader, business leader, class captain, student union leader, and departmental head or wheresoever’s you may find yourself.

Let me also add that skills in music and the arts can go a long way towards helping you to become a creative thinker. You may consider taking up an artistic hobby to help get your creative juices flowing. The reason that these skills help so much with creative thinking is because they open up the creative areas of brain. They allow the person to let go of their rational thoughts and free the brain up for more creativity. The more you can allow your brain to be creative, the more likely you will be able to draw upon that creativity at will

Adopting innovative or

Adopting innovative or creative thinking is something anyone can do.  You just have to be able to let your mind wander and stop being so in control of your ideas. Creative thinking is free flowing. You have to practice often.  Let your mind just go beyond the obvious and see what you can come up with. Try some things like free writing where you let your thoughts be control. Challenge yourself and try something new. Becoming an innovative or creative thinker is a matter of just putting your mind to it. Leave tradition and status quo and let you mind loose. Once you decide to be a creatve thinker, nothing is holding you back, but yourself.


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