Can you increase your creativity?

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on becoming more creative the image shows a woman sitting thinking at a desk in front of a colorful, creative background.

Do you tell yourself you’re not that creative?

Then, today’s post is for you. You can become more creative by looking at the components of creativity and seeing where you can push yourself to be better.

In this video, I share my creative process to help you define and refine yours.

The first step is to brainstorm ideas. Often we fall off that creativity cliff, where we think of a few ideas and then run out. However, make it your goal to go for a larger number of ideas rather than focusing on whether they are good or bad. Often the ideas that come later in time end up being better ideas.

My tip here is to think longer, harder, and more deeply when coming up with ideas.

The next step is evaluating all the ideas you come up with. How do you rate and compare them? This is an important step to weed out the weaker ones.

Once you have your top contenders, then the final step in the creative process is how do you make the top ideas even better? How do you fine-tune them?

This is a less creative process but it’s an important one to bridge the gap between creativity and implementation.

Usually, people are really good at one of these three steps. Some can brainstorm lots of ideas but can’t refine them. Others are good at evaluating ideas but less so at coming up with a lot of ideas on their own.

My challenge to you is to notice how you approach creative tasks and innovation in your work. How can push yourself in the areas that you are weaker in? Can you push yourself to come up with a longer list of creative ideas? Or do you need to improve on your evaluation process?

Watch the video for more and then go get creative!

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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