The characteristics of creative people

If creativity has been misunderstood, then so too has the notion of what it is to be creative. It has been assumed that only artists, musicians, and media people are creative. This is not the case.

It is axiomatic of the idea of being creative that no one person's list of characteristics will look the same as another's. For what it is worth, here are the kind of words and phrases I associate with being creative:

Risk taking Willing to see many perspectives

Challenging Not overcontrolling

Happy to live with uncertainty Not too bound by social pressure

Happy to live with complexity Happy to be different

Openness In touch with emotions

Exploring Playful

Able to suspend judgment Irreverent

You can see from a list like this that this kind of quality is desirable in many business sectors. Within organizations, creative people are increasingly being referred to as intrapreneurs and being given the support and encouragement they need to turn their ideas into new products and services. Individuals are becoming brands in their own right. Richard Branson was an early example of this phenomenon, which is now becoming much more widespread.

Markets are dominated by ideas that, in John Grant's words, "catch on like viruses." Good recent examples of these are products such as the iMac, Pokemon, Volkswagen's New Beetle, Starbucks, Hotmail, and concepts like "organic" and "wired."

A What do you think? What would your list of characteristics look like? Were you taught to be creative at school or college? Are you taught to be creative at work? Who are the most creative people you know at work? At home? What makes them stand out? Are you actively seeking to acquire some of the characteristics listed above? What are you doing to identify the intrapreneurs within your organization? What viral products or concepts have caught your imagination recently?

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