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CreativityModel Method Usage Areas

By Thomas Eklund

CreativityModel Method is a creative thinking skills management method that addresses goal oriented business creativity and self-expressive artistic creativity usage, so that both types of creative thinking skills can be combined as necessary.

To put it differently, CreativityModel Method is a creative thinking skills management method that addresses the following questions:

  • How can a person manage his or her creative thinking skills.
  • How can goal oriented business creativity and self-expressive artistic creativity be used effectively in different combinations.
  • CreativityModel Method is also programmable. I have done limited amount of work in this area, focusing on building selected aspects of CreativityModel Method principles into computer applications, in order to build intelligently behaving functionality that does not require usage of the hugely expensive artificially intelligence approach. Unlike expert systems that require a vast amount of pre-programmed knowledge and expertise and end up "pushing the solutions through to the user," CreativityModel Method based functionality that I experimented with worked more by "pulling the solutions together" by relying the application user's existing knowledge and helping to find additional relevant information.

So, how can you and other people use CreativityModel Method in your personal and professional life?

This subsection contains descriptions of CreativityModel Method usage opportunities and areas.



It's All Startup!

I don't want to mislead anybody. So, let me point out that at the time of writing this article, CreativityModel Method is available for evaluation, but there are no turnkey CreativityModel Method usage opportunities available yet. All of it is in a startup stage.

CreativityModel Method is based on how people think - and can think, if they want to. So, that aspect of it is not new. Further, creativity usage has been around forever, of course.

However, CreativityModel Method is not based on any existing method, model or technique. Further, CreativityModel Method itself is a text based source material.

So, the initially available opportunities are best suited for people who are able and willing to build something of value, for both others and themselves, out of information. That can get complicated, but it can also be very rewarding, especially for those who are in it for the long run, that is, use CreativityModel Method professionally or for commercial purposes.


From Self-Expression to Achieving What You Need and Want

So, in what areas of life is CreativityModel Method intended to be helpful?

CreativityModel Method addresses both self-expressive creativity usage and goal oriented creativity usage.

Self-expressive creativity is typically associated with artistic creativity.

Goal oriented creativity is prevailing in business environment and in most other professional environments, and in life management and career development.

Both types of creativity can be used in any combination necessary and are addressed from creative thinking skills management perspective. Creative thinking skills and their management can be trained.


When and Where Can You Use CreativityModel Method?

Here's another way of looking at when and where you can use CreativityModel Method.

Whenever you need to use creative development efforts or planning, you can use CreativityModel Method.

That is, whenever you do something that requires more than one action or step, you probably need to achieve something, some sort of an objective or a goal, or to create some sort of an outcome. In each such situation you can use CreativityModel Method.

In CreativityModel Method context, activities that require creative development efforts or planning are called projects. A project can be any kind of personal or professional, business related or non-profit or educational activity small or big. For example, a project can be writing something (an essay, or poetry, or a memo or anything else), painting a picture or writing music, or designing something, or putting together a business plan or its parts, or a meeting's agenda, or a travel itinerary, or doing research, or working on a company or regional policy making, or working on an IT project, or an activity that is related to performing arts, or working on a Web development or other type of computer application development tasks, or deciding what to give as a gift or what movie to see, or doing online or offline shopping, and so on.


The Catch and the Beauty of It

As is stated above, CreativityModel Method user can manage his or her creative thinking skills on demand, that is, when needed. However, there is a catch to it: you can manage your creative thinking skills within your abilities, experience and expertise levels.

To put it differently, the current version of CreativityModel Method deals with the mechanics of creativity. Learning the mechanics of something can be boring, unless the learning process itself has been made interesting.

However, the beauty of it is that this helps to keep things real. CreativityModel Method is not a drug. It is an interrelated collection of skills that you can learn and use throughout your life when needed, as needed.


Two Types of Benefits

So, as CreativityModel Method user, you can improve your self-expressive and goal oriented creativity management skills. Learning processes may require time and effort, but the payoff that comes in the form of improved results in almost every area of your life is worth it.

There is another side to this CreativityModel Method usage - avoidance of problems that mismatched creativity management approaches can cause.

Throughout your life you interact with people who as leaders or managers affect your life either directly or indirectly. Similarly, you manage your own life, which means that you are a leader and a manager in your own life. Further, perhaps you yourself work, or will work in a leadership or a managerial position, so that your decisions affect other people. Or, perhaps you are, or will be a parent or a caregiver.

Creative thinking skills management is unavoidably part of these areas. However, if you use choice supported creativity when you need to achieve goals, or goal oriented creativity for achieving artistic results, the outcome may range from less than adequate to rather troublesome.

So, in addition to helping to improve the results, creative thinking skills management and the relevant know-how can also help you to decrease the probability that you will cause problems to yourself and others by using mismatched creativity management approaches. Similarly, you will be better equipped to spot and handle circumstances that result from incompatible usage of creativity management approaches.

This website contains articles with examples that are related to the benefits that are described here.


Manage Your Own Creative Thinking Skills

As is described above, CreativityModel Method usage is applicable to many different everyday tasks. Similarly, it is applicable to handling bigger and longer-term personal and professional undertakings and big picture scenarios like, for example, life management, career development and functioning in professional environments.


Manage Other People's Creative Thinking Skills

In managerial positions and situations, including project management, as manager you are probably responsible for the quality of the outcome. Creative thinking skills management is part of the overall project, company and organizational management.

Especially when goal oriented projects are handled, you can and often should delegate administrative responsibilities. However, as the person who is in charge, you are better off if you make sure that the goals and objectives are identified and understood, and that the goals and objectives are pursued so that the applicable project, company or organizational development structure is in place. As needed, leave room for flexibility and improvisation for achievement of individual structural parts (or milestones) goals and objectives. Avoid situations where entire project (or company or organization) is run based on choice supported creative approach.

When you handle artistic projects or project parts, build participants self-expression into the outcome. As needed, step-by-step do pooling for finding the results that fit the best with the project's theme and structure. All the elements can be considered to be changeable - project's theme, structural parts and individual components. Allow for as much flexibility as time and other resources permit.


Help Other People to Manage Their Creative Thinking Skills

If you are interested in creativity management, it makes sense for you to learn more about it and to obtain creativity management related expertise.

If you find that you like advising other people and are good at it, you could consider becoming a creativity management expert at your place of employment.

Optionally, you can also work towards offering creativity management focused services online, in addition to continuing to hold your full-time job. This may give you points of comparison, so that you can decide if you want to pursue creativity management focused career further.


CreativityModel Method Usage Training

You can train your own and also other people's creativity management skills. However, at the time of writing this subsection's content, there are very few opportunities available for obtaining the necessary creativity management expertise and training experience.

You can wait until sufficiently usable solutions will be available, or you can work on putting together the needed solutions yourself.


Professional Usage of CreativityModel Method

You can blog on CreativityModel Method and on creativity management industry related topics. You can work towards becoming creativity management consultant or trainer. In addition, you can find other ways to use CreativityModel Method in professional environment - for example, in business management, business and organizational planning and strategy development, marketing, new product and service development and innovation management, and different type of problem solving context.


Commercial Usage of CreativityModel Method

You can use CreativityModel Method for commercial purposes free of charge. Just, please do follow CreativityModel Method licensing requirements.


Building CreativityModel Method Into Computer Applications

CreativityModel Method can be built into computer applications as well. The resulting application could, for example, function as an advisor, containing and exhibiting any activity development related intelligence. Such activities are described above in the From Self-Expression to Achieving What You Need and When and Where Can You Use CreativityModel Method? parts of this subsection.

I (that is, Thomas Eklund) experimented with this a few years ago - just enough to know that this can be done. The resulting computer application does exhibit intelligent behavior, but developing it is much less complicated than working with artificial intelligence is (which is very complex and resource consuming). Thus, at least in theory CreativityModel Method usage for computer application development is something that a large number of programmers and application developers could use.

I decided to put this CreativityModel Method usage area aside for the time being. I decided that it is better to develop CreativityModel Method itself further in open source environment at first. Later we can decide what to do about using it for computer application development purposes.

Another reason for this approach is that initially I simply do not have the resources, including time, which are needed for working out the necessary aspects that are related to implementing CreativityModel Method programmatically.

However, if anyone wants to use CreativityModel Method in computer application development context, feel free to do so. Just, please, make sure that you follow the CreativityModel Method End-User License Agreement.

Another and related area is building CreativityModel Method into search engine results. After all, when a person searches for something, it is likely that the search is part of some kind of a process, that is, some project's development. To put it differently, many search instances are likely to be part of a pattern of thought process, instead of being completely isolated events.