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Creativity Doesn’t Always Require New Ideas

During a recent trip to the UAE, Alan spoke with The National, a daily newspaper, on the concepts and ideas of Thinking in New Boxes, and how businesses in the UAE (and beyond) can help their employees and leaders think more creatively. In the interview, Alan talks about his thoughts on creativity – that new […]

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Creativity Doesn’t Always Require New Ideas

During a recent trip to the UAE, Alan spoke with The National, a daily newspaper, on the concepts and ideas of Thinking in New Boxes, and how businesses in the UAE (and beyond) can help their employees and leaders think more creatively. In the interview, Alan talks about his thoughts on creativity – that new ideas aren’t always required, but changing how you approach a problem is.

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Thinking in New Boxes Featured on ‘The Creative Warriors’ Podcast

It may be human nature to simplify complex issues and put ideas and concepts into “boxes,” but that doesn’t mean there’s not a workaround. Alan joined Jeffrey Shaw on ‘The Creative Warriors’ podcast to explain how to become better prepared for what we can’t predict, and why it’s necessary for business leaders and workers to do so. Throughout the podcast, Alan touches on the main points of Thinking in New Boxes, using several real world examples to highlight how you and your team can be terrifically creative – even without a single new idea.

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How Doing (Almost) Everything You Want Can Boost Creativity

Alan is a champion for embracing – or even creating — constraints to boost creativity. In a recent blog post, he explores the matter further, using artists and creatives as an example of how to find creativity within parameters. Take a Haiku poem, or an improvisational jazz band for examples. In spite of the syllable structure required of a Haiku or the “rules” of improvisational jazz, poets and musicians have managed to created transformative, unique art. The key is understanding the set of boundaries you’re faced with and using those to create and build something new.

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