Creative thinking as part of Strategic Thinking, means opening yourself up to new ideas, developing a fresh outlook and exploring new dynamics in your pursuit of excellence. That, in a nutshell, calls for a paradigm shift thinking process to take place.
This paradigm shift thinking would be in the same way as we need to maintain physical fitness to keep our body healthy, we also need to get ourselves into mental shape to keep our mind sharp, energized and in “thinking condition”. To do so we do we need to develop Creative & Strategic thinking skills.
Creative Thinking Quality
Creative thinking has a very curious quality about it. It is the ability to be ‘child-like’, step out of the box of inhibition and look at things different. This does not mean becoming childish, it just means that one enjoys a true freedom of perception. This fresh outlook liberates the mind from old paradigms while developing the skill to discover new ideas and new solutions to old problems.
The main obstacle to creative thinking is a reluctance to explore new and fresh ways of problem solving. The historical way of thinking places us in a ‘fear of failure’ mode, and has us captive to the additional fear of making a mistake. We also tend to operate under the misconception that success in the future is guaranteed because of past success. These misconceptions and fears become the walls to our ‘box of limitations’, or, as it is often described, they become our ‘comfort zone’.
Most philosophers agree on one thing, and that is, a person tends to become what they think about. In other words their actions reflect what and how they think. Thinking, therefore, is the very foundation of the human condition. Unfortunately, the aspect of how we think relating to who we are is given little emphasis in our educational development, and that keeps us captive to structured and rigid thinking.
Out of the Box Thinking
Thinking out of the box requires a professional environment where new ideas are encouraged and mistakes are considered as a learning tool, not a punishment media – this is absolutely crucial to understand, agree to and be consistent in application.
The Thinking Coach Creative Thinking Seminar is rich with interactive exercises and creative thinking techniques designed to enable the participants to make breakthroughs in their ways of thinking, particularly about their own self-adopted views. It focuses on creativity as an actual human capital, where problem solving strategies manifest and where creative problem solving is actualized.
Our world experiences a rapid Paradigm Shift, which requires a fully functional talent base in the business organization – a talent base that is able to think outside the box with flexibility & adaptability.
Creative Thinking, as part of Strategic Thinking: This aspect explores questions and opens new ways of thinking to search for the next winning idea that your competitors did not think of! It then sets out to find new ways of meeting future demands with the right kind of strategic thinking skills.
It also focuses on being responsive to the needs of the times in creative ways, that are not fixed by old paradigms:
- How to keep up with appearance of new trends?
- How to promote your work force to think freely and take more responsibility?
- How to think about the bigger picture?