Developing Creative
Thinking
Health
Reform
Conference
Kuwait
March 2009
Presented by:
Dr. Naji Bejjani
CREATIVE THINKING:
WHAT IS IT?
Definitions
Creative Thinking is …
 Unconventional Thinking
 Merging of Ideas which Have
Not Been Merged Before
Always new
perspectives, and
extending the frontiers
of what’s possible
Interesting Quotes
“Every organization must be prepared to
abandon everything it does to survive in
the future”
Prof. Peter F. Drucker
“The problems we face cannot be solved
at the same level of thinking we were
at when we created them”
Albert Einstein
Think Of The Possibilities…
The average human being thinks of about
100 new ideas/day!!
If a team of “6” Nurses and Doctors Express All Their Ideas
After 2 days …
!!!1200 NEW IDEAS!!!
Creativity boosting techniques
Creative Thinking
skills
Expertise
Creativity
Motivation
Creative Thinking skills
Let’s start with the following premise:
You’re alive,
Therefore you’re creative.
Creative Thinking skills
-
-
Unconventional.
Uninhibited.
Risk-taker.
Always looks for new patterns and new
combinations.
Inventive.
Extremely curious.
Driven.
Visionary: Michelangelo looked at a large piece of
marble and decided to “chip away at everything that
wasn't David”.
- ParticularIy intuitive.
- Rather individualistic (unfortunately …).
Motivation to be creative
2 Motivations:
- External: expressing your new ideas
to others.
- Internal: Thinking of new ideas.
Lack of
Tools
Negative
Attitude
Barriers To
Creativity
Lack of
SelfMotivation
Lack of
SelfConfidence
Lack of
Exercising
Barriers
To
Creativity
Stress
Level
Too many
Rules and
Formalization
Educational
System
Country
Culture
Family
Background
Corporate
Culture
Economical
&
Political
Situation
Motivation to be creative
Manage it by:
- Providing challenges: stretching people’s
skills in their jobs.
- Freedom to create: while clearly specifying
goals. This yields a very valuable sense
ownership.
of
- Providing resources: mainly time –
particularly time pressure - and money – but never
enough.
Creativity boosting
techniques:
The most obvious ideas are often the most
important ones, and, unfortunately, also the ones
we are most unaware of.
Creativity boosting
techniques:
Always Create F-teams (F = future) with your Pteams (P = present):
While the P-team deals with current
work challenges, the Future team is
literally always investigating and / or
creating, the “next future” and
preparing the institution for it.
Re: Ken Blanchard: “Mission Possible”- 1997.
• Brain Storming
• The Classic Creative
Methods for Groups
• Mind Mapping
• Hierarchal Breakdown
and Exploration
• Absence Thinking
• Thinking About What is
Not There
• Talk Streaming
• Talking, Talking and
Talking Until Unblocking
• Attribute Listing
• Listing Attributes of
Objects and then
Challenging them.
• Assumption Busting
• Challenging
Unconscious
Assumptions
• Visioning
• Creating a Motivating
View of the Future
• Wishing
• Stating Ideas as Wishes
to Expand Thinking
• Pausing
• Think More Deeply for a
Minute
• Taking a Break
• When Creativity is
Fading
6 Thinking Hats
• Prof. Edward de Bono:
– World’s leading authority in the field of
creative and conceptual thinking
– Author of over 60 books translated to about 50
languages
Edward de Bono’s
Six Thinking Hats
• Provides a framework for thinking:
Facts – what do we already know?
Emotions – how do we feel about this?
Caution, bad points
Optimism, good points
Creativity, new ideas
Process – thinking about thinking
Discipline
Creativity
Critical Thinking
Optimal
Thinking
Positive Attitude
Have a very creative life
Naji Bejjani
Health Reform Conference
Kuwait – March 2009
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