Creative Block-Busting

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Schoonmaker, Amanda L.   (1989, ASQC)   Schoonmaker Enterprises, Chesterfield, MO

Annual Quality Congress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    Vol. 43    No. 0
QICID: 3575    May 1989    pp. 249-254
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Article Abstract

Nobody likes problems. The natural tendency in problem-solving is to pick the first solution that comes to mind and go with it. But if you do that you may either run off a cliff or into a worse problem when you started with it. A better strategy would be to make your decision based on many ideas to choose from. Creative Block-Busing is concerned with the cultivation of idea-having and problem-solving abilities. The ability to conceptualize freely is especially important. The emphasis is on creativity, since a good conceptualizer must be a creative conceptualizer.

The objectives of this paper are to:1. Raise awareness of the obstacles/blocks/mental locks which prevent one from being more creative, and2. Look at ways to increase creative behavior.

Six conceptual blocks to creativity will be discussed. They are categorized as follows:

  • Perceptual
  • Emotional
  • Cultural
  • Environmental
  • Intellectual
  • Expressive
A recognition of those things that keep us from being more creative will allow us to take more risks and stop imposing the limits on ourselves that really aren't there. Continuous improvement is always the goal.

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Human resources (HR)


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