Norm Edmund's Advice on
How to Be More Innovative & Creative
in the Creative Economy
Scientific Method Lesson
- Be a perpetual innovator — someone who seeks out, adapts and implements ideas - new or old. Actively look for ideas by reading, skipping, skimming through many periodicals, books, reports, catalogs, the internet, etc. Also:
||Attend conferences & exhibits
||Use computer idea programs
||Sense felt needs
||Browse through stores, etc.
- Change your behavior and self-image - Be progressive, develop necessary attributes and motivation. Develop a love for new ideas, new things, new ways, new technologies, new systems. Put your ideas in writing.
- Take action! Have the courage and self-confidence to be an innovator. Dare to be different! Failure will occur — but we learn from our mistakes. Emotions can aid creativity — control stress. Be persistent.
- Welcome change and challenge of problems — be open-minded, flexible.
- Apply ideas to every facet of your life—in your personal affairs, career, school, business—everywhere. Always ask: In what alternative and better ways can it be done? Generate innovative and creative solutions, ideas, concepts, and theories. Develop a sense of humor. Be sensitive to opportunities. Use checklists.
- Study innovation, change and creativity as well as how to win idea acceptance. Educate yourself. Take any courses available. Develop a passion for your problem. Learn to be a good team member, leader, and perpetual innovator.
- Be curious and observant. Develop a spirit of inquiry. This is the way to originate problems. Practice using the complete method of creative problem solving. Avoid constraints on your thinking. Spot key factors.
- Ask What? Why? Which? Where? When? Who? How? If? Constantly reflect on all aspects of your problems. Don’t pre-judge ideas too soon. Don’t let your ego stop you from saying, “I goofed!”
- Develop your reflective thinking ability and thinking skills. Daydream about your problem. Jump back and forth among logical, critical, judicial, imaginative, and wild thinking. Improve through study and practice.
- Build your knowledge and intuition base through reading, surfing the internet, and other activities. Keep neat files. Learn how to research, to visualize.
- With a loaded mind, use triggers to stimulate ideas, insight, and illumination. Utilize activities listed in #1 above to trigger your storehouse of memories and connect with what you read, hear, see, or think, thereby producing ideas by gradual insight or illumination. Be sensitive to opportunities.
- Load your mind with data, basic principles, theories, and concepts about your problem — REST — then be sure to start thinking of your problem again. Gradual insight or a leap of the imagination may occur.