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Creative Thinking Skills: What It Is, Examples and Guidelines

Copyright Carter McNamara, Authenticity Consulting, LLC

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What is Creative Thinking?

Benefits and Examples of Creative Thinking

Developing Your Creative Thinking Skills

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Creative Thinking
Critical Thinking
Systems Thinking
Strategic Thinking
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What is Creative Thinking?

"Creativity simply means being able to come up with something new. Therefore, creative thinking is the ability to consider something – a conflict between employees, a data set, a group project – in a new way." Alison Doyle in this article:
Creative Thinking Definition, Skills, and Examples

At The Intersection of Creativity and Critical Thinking
Creative Thinking Skills
How the Creative Mind Works

Benefits and Examples of Creative Thinking

There are numerous examples of creative thinking in our lives, but we usually don't think of them as such, for example, when you discover a more efficient way of getting something done. In that situation, you were using your creative thinking skill to be creative. Here are articles about other examples, as well as about the benefits of creative thinking of which there are many.

What Are Examples of Creative Thinking?
The Creative Power of Writing Every Morning
Creative Thinking – An Essential Skill for the 21st Century

Developing Your Creative Thinking Skills

As with any skill, it takes practice. First, you get new information about how something could be done and then you practice applying that information.

How Companies Can Develop Critical Thinkers and Creative Leaders
Creative Thinking Skills (a course on creative thinking)
Creative Thinking (an exercise)
How to Enhance Your Creative Thinking
Creative Thinking Skills

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Goals - Setting Personal Goals
Changing Your Behavior
Basic Requirements of Learners in Training and Development
Learning Style Inventory
Personal Productivity
Personal Wellness
Reading Skills

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