This is a quick, universal test that I have developed to help managers gauge the creativeness of their organizations: entire companies, departments, work groups, or teams. You can take the test here or go to www.Do-It-YourselfLobotomy.com/book. The test offers fairly generalized results, driven by the answers you provide. The gauges used are modeled after common thinking habits of some of the greatest creative minds throughout history. There is certainly a margin for error, and exceptions to almost every rule, creativeness being as elusive as it is. But the feedback can be extremely valuable, particularly if you're honest with yourself in answering 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.
As with the test for individuals, simply circle the most applicable answer. Then tally your score at the end. You'll see how your group rates, followed by helpful suggestions for improvement. As with the test for individuals, better understanding of the creative strength and weaknesses, in this case relating to your organization, will give you heightened insight into which sections of the book you should focus on for the most favorable result. No matter how your group scores, you'll find additional valuable insights into managing people for optimal creative output in Chapter 18, "Mind Farming."
A. Are the people in your organization quick to find fault with new ideas?
2. Very often
B. How many of the people in your group are attached to how things are done?
C. How often do your managers bring out fresh thinking in their people?
4. Very often
D. How often do the people in your organization stop at their first good idea?
2. Very often
E. How many ideas—good and bad (even those you discount immediately) —are generated by people in your group during a typical brainstorming session?
5. 100 and more
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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