So if you think you aren’t a creative person have a read of this blog post from The Huffington Post: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently.
Here is a Steve Jobs quote from that article:
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”
Do you see anything in that list that you could try in your own job? Do any of the points resonate with you?
And if those ideas are a little too outside of the box, have a look at this short list from Fortune about cultivating creative thinking. It is a more business related post, but there are some interesting ways to approach problem solving from a different perspective. This post argues that ‘creativity is less art and more discipline’ which can be cultivated with practice. The author writes:
“All organizations have them: the conventional wisdom about “the way we do things,” for instance, or the unchallenged assumptions about what customers want, or an “essential” element of strategy that’s rarely, if ever, questioned.”
In libraries we have rules and procedures and assumptions. And for the most part they are there for good reason, we need them to get through our days. But if you could challenge one ‘the way we do things’ at your work what would it be? How might you put your creative thinking cap on to change something at your workplace?