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Assignment: Individual Reflection: Your Creative Thinking Profile

Assignment: Individual Reflection: Your Creative Thinking Profile

 

Understanding your own creative thinking profile provides a framework for the way you think about the creative challenges and opportunities you face every day. In the next few weeks of this course, you will work with a number of techniques that will help you develop and refine your approaches to creativity. It is important to reflect deeply on your identified creative style and understand what it means in terms of leadership, responsibility, and managerial functions and decisions.

For this Assignment, address the following:

  • First, describe your personal creative thinking profile using the course text and “Tapping into Our Creative Thinking Skills to Manage Complex Problems” from this week’s Resources. You may find you identify with more than one style. Identify your first and second preferences and validate those preferences with examples that illustrate the two styles. In your descriptions, include insights you gained about your creative thinking preferences and skills.
  • Based on careful reflection on your current or most recent professional role or a role you would aspire to have, describe the aspects of your work that align well with your profile, as well as those that do not.
  • Explain how you, as a colleague or manager, will respect, learn from, and collaborate with individuals with similar or different creative thinking styles.
  • Propose how organizations can best use differences in creative thinking to create sustainable, competitive advantages.

Guidance on Assignment Length: Your Week 2 Individual Reflection assignment should be 2–4 pages (1–2 pages if single spaced), excluding a title page and references.

 

Required Readings

Document: Week 2 Weekly Briefing (PDF)

 

The Week 2 Weekly Briefing provides an essential introduction to the content and concepts that you will be studying during the week. After viewing the Weekly Introduction, the Week 2 Weekly Briefing should be your initial reading this week.

Grivas, C., & Puccio, G. J. (2012). The innovative team: Unleashing creative potential for breakthrough results

  • Continue to read the Introduction and Part 1 and complete the reading by Day 7

Livingstone, J. (2019). Accelerating innovation through diversity & inclusion. Insurance Journal97(11), 86.

This article will complement the discussion topics and allow students to explore beyond plan development and execution of those plans

Puccio, G. J. (n.d.). Tapping into our creative thinking skills to manage complex problems [PowerPoint. slides]. Retrieved October 14, 2013, from https://www2.rit.edu/fitl/presentations_2006/TappingIntoCreativeThinkingSkills.pdf

 

This presentation outlines the role of critical thinking in the process of solving complex problems. The author offers principles, assessment tools, and a creative problem solving tool box.

Puccio, G. J. (2006). Tapping into our creative thinking skills to manage complex problems [Powerpoint]. Faculty Institute on Teaching and Learning-RIT, International Center for Studies in Creativity,State University of New York, Buffalo State. Retrieved from https://www2.rit.edu/fitl/presentations_2006/TappingIntoCreativeThinkingSkills.pdf

Puccio, G. J., Mance, M., & Murdock, M. C. (2011). Psychological diversity: Leading people with different styles. In Puccio, Mance, & Murdock, Creative leadership: Skills that drive change (pp. 241–264). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

 

There are many potential sources of conflicts among teams who are faced with the challenge of confronting a difficult problem or creating an innovative new idea. With those sources of conflict, problem solving can become even more complex. The authors of this chapter discuss the specific challenges facing teams working on high-pressure innovation efforts.

Creative leadership: Skills that drive change, 2nd Edition by Puccio, G.J., Mance, M., & Murdock, M. Copyright 2011 by Sage. Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications, Inc. Books via the Copyright Clearance Center

Prichard, S. (n.d.) What creative style are you? Retrieved October 5, 2013, from http://www.skipprichard.com/which-creative-style-are-you/

 

This article summarizes your course text, The Innovative Team, and other observations about creativity and innovation through a co-author interview. Thinking style, as well as mindful leadership, are highlighted as the cornerstones of a positive innovative culture.

Weis, D. (2018, June 21). Giving employees permission to fail is a formula for innovation at 3M. Retrieved January 30, 2019, from https://www.aem.org/news/giving-employees-permission-to-fail-is-a-formula-for-innovation-at-3m/ This article provides support for innovative thinking in the workplace by emphasizing an unconventional internal management thinking process. The article leads one to think about how innovators should be utilized and rewarded based on their potential while given the chance to fail and learn from their own mistakes. As we examine three business practices, the article highlights innovative thinking brings forth success through not so common practices. As you read the article think about ways your organization could implement such innovative thinking.

 

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