The 2Minute Creative IQ Test for Individuals

Learn about your creative strengths and weaknesses. Your results will help you prioritize your reading. (Take the test below or go to www.Do-It-YourselfLobotomy.com/book.)

"Creative IQ test, oh really?" you ask (with a little suspicion).

By creative IQ I mean "Imagination Quotient," the basic habits and practices that individuals exercise that lead to fresh ideas.

This test, which I have developed over the years, has been taken by more than 100,000 people throughout the world. The gauges used are modeled after common thinking habits of some of the greatest creative minds throughout history.

This test is designed to gauge your creativeness as an individual. On page 246 is another test to gauge the creativeness of your organization. Take this test for as many contexts as you please: your job, hobbies, family life, whatever.

If you take this and the organization test, I recommend that you take the organization version first.

This is a quick, universal test with fairly generalized results driven by the answers you provide. There is certainly a margin for error, and there are exceptions to almost every rule, creativeness being as elusive as it is. But there is more method to the madness than most people realize. And the feedback can be extremely valuable, particularly if you're honest with yourself in how you answer the questions, have an open mind, and are looking to improve your abilities in this area. This test cannot measure the creativeness of any specific idea, nor does it measure artistic talent.

So, give it a shot. The results will help you to identify what you need to work on as you read this book.

Simply circle the answer that most applies. Then tally your score at the end to see how you rate, followed by helpful suggestions on how to make necessary improvements. Better understanding your strengths and weaknesses will give you heightened insight into which sections of the book to focus on for the most favorable result.

A. Are you quick to find fault with ideas —your own or those of others?

1. Almost always

2. Often

3. Occasionally

4. Rarely

5. Never

B. How frequently do you get attached to how things are done?

1. Almost always

2. Often

3. Occasionally

4. Rarely

5. Never

C. How often do you hold back from mentioning ideas for fear of looking silly or being "wrong"?

1. Almost always

2. Often

3. Occasionally

4. Rarely

5. Never

D. Do you ever have the tendency to stop at your first good idea?

1. Almost always

2. Often

3. Occasionally

4. Rarely

5. Never

E. How many ideas do you tend to generate—good or bad—when tackling a project?

5. More than 25

To tally your score simply add up the five values in your circled answers, then read on to see how you rate and find helpful suggestions.

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