Questionnaire about your Creative Intelligence
In my last book “Creative Intelligence”, there is a questionnaire that allows readers to approximately assess their creative intelligence levels in relation to the following seven strategies: Zen, Po, Open, Flow, Emo, Happy and Team.
It would be very useful for me if you could reply to it and give me your feedback leaving a comment on this post or via Facebook, Twitter or E-mail. Did you like the questionnaire? Have you identified with the strategy you obtained the highest score? Do you think results are useful for a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses in creativity? Is there any question that is, maybe, wrongly made?
Download the questionnaire from this link. You can share it with friends and colleagues whom you believe may add value to the questionnaire.
After completing the chart accompanying questions, you will identify the strategies you have developed more and those you might need to strengthen. Now, you can go back to the post and read the following brief summary of each of them.
It is difficult to be creative without time to think. If we fall into routine, it is most likely to end up doing the same as usual. Creativity often needs space to reflect and connection with the inner world. Strolling through the forest, practising meditation or learning to concentrate are some of the Zen practices we are going to deal with afterwards. People who cannot find such connection with their inner world will have more difficulties in expressing their creativity. It is not about forcing anything, but to be able to find the space for inner peace that will allow our natural creativity to flow spontaneously.
The word Po is commonly used in creative thinking. It was coined by Edward de Bono and means “provocative operation”. If we want to be creative, we must learn to challenge all conventionalisms rooted to everything around us. We must be provocative with our way of thinking and perceiving reality. If we are already satisfied with what we see, why should we be creative? Po means wondering about things constantly, challenging what seems obvious to us, trying to see in what ways things might be different and so on and so forth. It is one of the most important abilities to build an authentic creative intelligence.
As we have already mentioned, creativity needs personal as well as interactive spaces. Think open means building bridges of dialogue among different realities and introducing concepts into worlds different from ours. It is difficult for a person or an organization to have an idea by themselves. We should often take advantage of the intelligence around us to complete the creative process. We must fuse other sources of wisdom and combine them with ours. Relationships and networking may considerably improve an embryonic idea.
Do we know some of the most useful creativity tools and how to use them in a team? Think flow is learning to generate a large number of ideas (divergence), explore them and select the greatest ones (convergence). This is a simple process, but if it is wrongly made, we will not obtain the maximum benefits from a creative session. We must learn to think differently, as part of a team, maximizing our creative possibilities. There are endless methodologies that may help. Have you ever heard about masks, random words, the gallery of famous people or the bath of colors?
Thinking is okay and we must do it. Yet, as human beings, we are also emotional beings. Feeling and experimenting an idea emotionally is as important as recognizing and structuring it rationally. Indeed, people who are reluctant to their emotional world may have many more difficulties when they try to imagine or create something because they are deprived of the closeness provided by emotions. In fact, innovating largely means to excite. But, do we know how to work with emotions? Have we learnt to turn them into our allies?
Have you ever known a creative person who is totally unmotivated? It is quite difficult… Creative intelligence attitudes are often accompanied by high doses of motivation and passion. When we are determined to do something, however difficult, we will highly probably succeed. Nevertheless, our surrounding perspectives regarding people’s motivation is not so encouraging. Responsibility prevails over passion and willingness. Many organizations are nothing but temples of boredom and routine. Scenarios of passion where we feel like doing more and more should be built. Innovating means, among some exceptions, to be positive and happy.
Due to complex anthropological reasons, as human beings, we tend to compete rather than help each other out. Such behavior is an authentic drama in a network structured environment which is very open as the current one. We should give up confrontation habits and win-lose mindsets and develop mental structures based on cooperation. We should replace blind competitiveness with intelligent cooperation. It is impossible to be creative and innovative if we go against each other. We are unlikely to succeed if we do not learn to work believing that two plus two may be more than four, and that the best way of relating to others is the win-win mindset.