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.

Think Zen

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.

Think Po

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.

Think Open

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.

Think Flow

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?

Feel Emo

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?

Feel Happy

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.

Think Team

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.


15 Comments on “Questionnaire about your Creative Intelligence

  • Bernardette Terán
    Friday October 18th, 2013 at 01:16 AM

    Distinguido señor:
    Llené el cuestionario y tengo notas relativamente parecidas en todas las estrategias, las más bajas son las obtenidas en Happy y en Team. Las mayores notas son que debo reforzar o que son suficientes? o es al contrario, como se interpretan las calificaciones?

    • Franc Ponti
      Tuesday October 29th, 2013 at 02:50 PM

      Hola Bernardette:
      Deberías intentar reforzar las más bajas, en efecto (Happy y Team).
      Gracias y saludos,

  • Esteban Medellin
    Friday October 18th, 2013 at 02:37 AM

    Hola, Me ha interesado bastante el libro y me interesaría conocer mas sobre, quisiera saber en donde puedo adquirirlo en bogota Muchas Gracias

    • Franc Ponti
      Sunday October 20th, 2013 at 06:57 PM

      Hola Esteban:
      En cualquier buena librería española deberían tenerlo o puedes pedirlo. En latinoamérica se encuentra en México, Colombia y Argentina. Pero puedes también pedirlo a través de la pestaña “libros” del blog o en la web de la editorial

  • Johan
    Saturday October 26th, 2013 at 03:37 PM

    hola me interesa mucho su libro ya que mi examen de grado es acerca de la creatividad.. mi pregunta es en Chile estará publicado su libro ?

    • Franc Ponti
      Monday October 28th, 2013 at 03:48 PM

      Hola Johan, puedes consultarlo con la editorial ( o directamente buscarlo en en papel o digital. Gracias por tu interés!

  • monica
    Friday December 6th, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Me ha encantando el cuestionario ha sido facil y rapido hacerlo
    El caso es que he sacado notas altas en casi todas entre 23 y 25 a excepcion de flow que ha salido bastante mas baja. Supongo que tengo que reforzar esa faceta, pero que quiere decir que tenga todas las demas tan altas?

    • Franc Ponti
      Monday December 16th, 2013 at 09:50 AM

      Hola Mónica:
      En principio quiere decir que tus competencias y habilidades creativas son muy altas, o al menos eso es lo que dice el cuestionario…
      Por eso me interesa recibir vuestro feedback, para saber si el cuestionario está bien hecho o puede mejorar.
      Muchas gracias y un saludo

  • evangelina
    Tuesday April 19th, 2016 at 02:57 PM

    Muy interesante y muy cierto. Hay q estar muy zen.

  • Carlos Jaime Dorado
    Friday May 27th, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Cordial saludo mis puntuaciones son las siguientes:
    ZEN. 18
    PO . 16
    EMO. 20
    TEAM. 16
    Gracias por su atención, un abrazo.

  • patricia
    Friday March 17th, 2017 at 09:06 PM

    Buenas tardes tengo una dudas frente al cuestionario se que cada una esta explicada en su pagina pero si solo se acercan a esos puntajes por ejemplo PO es 16 y dio 14 o TEAM dio 14 y es 16 se pueden asimilar a este tipo de inteligencia o definitivamente no
    gracias por despejarme la duda

    • Franc Ponti
      Wednesday March 29th, 2017 at 11:18 AM

      Hola Patricia:
      El máximo en cada estrategia es de 25. Cualquier puntuación de 20 a 25 es muy buena. De 15 a 20 un poco menos, etc.
      Puntuaciones de menos de 15 indican una oportunidad de mejora.

  • Liliana Torres Rodríguez
    Thursday October 26th, 2017 at 06:20 PM

    Buena tardes,,,, Mil gracias por esta oportunidad de autoevaluación que nos servirá para mejorar y empoderarnos…. Le comparto respetuosamente mis resultados para que por favor, me indique el significado de mis puntajes.

    Mi resultado fue:

    ZEN: 19
    PO: 13
    OPEN: 21
    FLOW: 20
    EMO: 22
    HAPPY: 19
    TEAM: 17

    Mil gracias y bendiciones

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