Jeffrey Cummings, CSAP, helped energize the opening day of the 2015 ASAP Global Alliances Summit in Orlando, Fla., USA on March 1 with a workshop on how to jumpstart your creative juices in his workshop, “Creativity—An Essential Ability for Collaboration.” Creativity is hard work, and we need to ask ourselves what limits it, and how can we foster it, he says. So grab your food chart. Four key ingredients the Loyola University associate professor of business management blends in his creative juice bar are as follows.
Number 1: Perceptual. Peel the banana of creative inspiration. Ask yourself often, how can I improve my creative vision? Become practiced at asking your alliance partners and coworkers:
- What do you see when you look at results, reports, projections?
- What did you hear in the meeting, on the call, at the presentation?
- What was your first reaction, interpretation?
Number 2: Emotional/Experiential. This is the effervescent orange zest. These essential components anchor our present-day thinking and provide a way to make meaning in new contexts. Stretch yourself to think out of the box. Explore the way you evaluate information, data, and ideas. Recognize, utilize, or limit the effects of emotion. Ask yourself, how can I improve my evaluative skills through emotional and experiential paths?
Number 3: Cognitive. The brainpower berries. How do we think about and seek to solve problems? To infuse creativity into your problem solving, examine issues from a lateral rather than linear perspective, test if null-hypothesis thinking applies, and structure thinking using reverse logic.
Number 4: Interpersonal. The melon medley. How we engage with others to solve problems? What can we do to be more creative in our interactions with others? Use active listening and else questioning: Who else? What else? When else? Where else? Why else? What else? How else? Good interpersonal practices involve the art of careful listening, paying attention, and responding thoughtfully and accurately.
The 2015 ASAP Global Alliance Summit runs March 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. While it’s not quite like being here, you can follow the summit sessions in our blog posts throughout the week and afterwards—and get your own creative juices flowing from the rich cornucopia of ideas being shared.