Feb 022015

We hear so much about the value of creative thinking. Yet how many people really value it?

Despite the attention that’s been heaped on creativity over recent years, the most prevalent mindset, particularly in business, still seems to be the one that believes logic trumps intuition, numbers provide the only valid evidence, and creativity is about finger painting, doing crazy role play exercises, and being generally silly.

However much we value creative thinking, it’s easy to be swayed by the Left Focus bias of a logic-loving world…even when the logic is…well, illogical. 

Have you ever encountered any of these Left Focus barriers to creative thinking?

Have you ever:

  1. Numbers / Creative thinkingNot started something because you couldn’t prove the outcome first?
  2. Set goals that looked good on a spreadsheet, but were unrealistic – and then got annoyed when they weren’t achieved?
  3. Massaged numbers in order to reach targets?
  4. Got demotivated because a plan didn’t go precisely to plan?
  5. Stayed in a situation because logically you should have liked it…even though your gut was screaming “get me out of here!”?

Logic, especially when evidenced by numbers, enjoys a pre-eminent status. So it’s tempting to base every decision on it, particularly if you’re answerable to others. That way you can prove your reasoning in a way that’s socially acceptable.

The trouble is that it’s liable to wipe out creative thinking.

And often wipes out logic too.

What logic-defying barriers to creative thinking have you come across?

Do let me know…leave a comment below…


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