Have you wondered what would be one skill you need to develop in 2021? If you ask me this question, my answer would be: creativity. This is something we should all become better in! I had the pleasure to deliver a session on Creativity in the end of January. And I still see a lot of confusion what creativity is.
In the attached interview, I had shared some of my findings about creativity.
Creativity should be purposeful
It might be fun to solve solutions creatively, but if you don’t have a clear purpose than you might end up not being creative. We all have a tendency to use brainstorming as a creative approach to come up with better ideas. The fact of the matter is that this is simply not enough. There are many more ingredients needed to be creative. And only applying one technique will make you feel good, but the result won’t be very innovative.
And the purpose of solving problems creative is also to be innovative. To demonstrate the point, think about the issue of finding a domain name of your site. You might create a list of few options and go with one of them. Now, lets add constrains. What if they have already taken the thing you want to do or who you are?
If you are a trainer and you want your domain to be trainer.com, this might be already taken. If you are a businessperson and you want to write about business, you might not be surprised to find out that Business.com is also taken. Now, you have the task to come up with a different yet distinguished name.
What would you do?
You can have a list of five names, ask five people about their opinion, and just go with one. But would this approach provide you not only a creative name but also innovative name? In the training we talked about this, and for many people this wouldn’t be the right approach to reach out to innovative solutions.
That is why it is very important not to use a technique, but to apply other ingredients to reach your purpose.
How can I be more creative in 2021
You can find out more insights by watching the video above!
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Solution Engineering Manager at Thales | Senior IT Professional | Startup Mentor and Product Manager
Aleks is experienced Product Manager with an engineer background and over 10 years of experience as a software developer. He works with different governments and is responsible for negotiation features and requirements, understanding the customers’ needs and supporting the senior management with regular reports and analysis. He held various positions starting as a software developer, moving to a team leader and software architect.
He strives in waterfall and agile environment alike. He is certified Scrum Master and Prince2 Practitioner and he knows how to design business processes and help teams optimize their work.
During his tenure, he had to wear many hats, prioritizing business requirements, delegating work and mentoring team members, creating mockups with Balsamiq, providing MS Project plan to the senior management.
He had worked in many international teams, located in the same city or distributed in different countries and continents. He had been a team leader of cross functional international team of 8 people.
In his current position, he is very much client focused. He has excellent presentation skills.
He delivers training sessions on presentation skills and leadership and he had helped hundred of people to improve their presentation skills.
He is also interested in creating more positive changes in the workplace by using entrepreneurship skills.
He had won startup competition where his team had validated and develop a business idea from scratch.
In his free time, he writes in his blog about effective product development.