Creativity Brain Training Games

Acrostic

Wednesday, 14 March 2012   |   Creative Thinking

CreativeC ontext is important

R eveal the underlying principle, powerful emotion and true beauty.

E verything is possible.

A sk the right questions.  Ask many questions.  Ask the questions that haven't been asked.

 

A Silly Question

Monday, 12 March 2012   |   Creativity Games

QuestionsThis week we're inquiring.

Game:  There are 5 random words below.  Come up with the most interesting question you can regarding one of them.  Think about the most interesting angles you can come from.

  • Diving Board
  • Stampede
  • Aid
  • Mile
  • Zebra
 

Noticing

Friday, 09 March 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

ObservationSherlock Holmes was able to deduce a lot about you by noticing a series of minor details and piecing them together to create an overall bigger picture.  A nifty skill to have but can we really do this in real life?  Wouldn't it be great to meet someone for the first time and immediately know what they ate for breakfast and what they got up to last week.  Or to walk into a room and have all it's occupants sussed out in an instant.  This weeks challenge is to see if it's possible.

 

Talking and Doing

Wednesday, 07 March 2012   |   Creative Thinking

Thinking about thinkingAre you having a lot of meetings but not really achieving anything?  You know the deal.  Everyone agrees that X is highly important.  It's imperative that X is our primary focus.  Etc, etc.  A lot of talk, and everyone is excited and it feels like it's moving forward full steam ahead.  The reality is the complete opposite.  Nothing is happening except everyone restating how important X is.  It's easy to fall into this trap with your creative projects.

 

Last To Post Wins - Creatively

Monday, 05 March 2012   |   Creativity Games

Most CreativeThis week we're campaigning.

Game:  There are 3 random words below.  You win if you are the last to post a comment.  Your comment is only valid however if you use one of the words below to come up with a reason why nobody else should comment.

  • section
  • witch
  • handbag
 

Create a Magic Trick

Friday, 02 March 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Magic WandThere is a particular bunch of people that are particularly creative.  The problem is that they are also particularly secretive.  Magicians.  A good magician is able to amaze and entertain and their act is creative in many ways.  Not only the mechanism of the trick but also the delivery and the banter that goes along with it to create the overall exerpience and illusion.  It's a lot of fun but does require practice, skill and creativity.

 

The Innovation Timeline

Wednesday, 29 February 2012   |   Creative Thinking

Innovation CycleProducts and markets tend to follow a timeline.  A series of phases from initial introduction to maturity.  Creative thinking plays a different role as we progress through them.  It can be quite interesting to follow and also useful to take advantage of.  We go through a continual cycle of diverging and refining and each stage benefits from a particular type of creative thinking.

 

Reverse Cryptic Crossword

Monday, 27 February 2012   |   Creativity Games

Cryptic CrosswordThis week we're being cryptic.

Game:  There are 6 random words below.  Your aim is to come up with a cryptic clue for one of them (similar to what you would find in a cryptic crossword).  See below for more on what a cryptic clue may be.

  • fair
  • planet
  • leather
  • mess
  • guilt
  • powder
 

Interesting Perspectives

Friday, 24 February 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

CameraIt's easy to lose sight of the big picture.  To not see the forest for the trees.  To catch the train but forget your stop.  When you get caught up in the details you become really focused and you can forget about what you're really trying to achieve.  Not the best as far as creative thinking is concerned.  This weeks challenge is a fun way to help get you back into the open.

 

Perspective, Relationships and ??

Wednesday, 22 February 2012   |   Creative Thinking

Creative MastermindSo this week I decided to break down creativity again.  I like breaking things down into abstract ideas as it gives you a deeper understanding of the topic and also offers a great starting point for some healthy discussion.  I have come to the conclusion that perspectives and relationships are what drives creative thinking.  It's a generally accepted rule, however, that things always occur in 3's.  What is the third pillar of creativity?

 

What's the word? II

Monday, 20 February 2012   |   Creativity Games

CluesThis week we're interpolating.

Game:  There are 5 random words below.  They all relate to a sixth word.  Your aim is to guess what that word may be.  Don't forget to explain your reasoning as well.

  • athletics
  • crumbs
  • froc
  • cane
  • trailer
 

Creative Greek Gods

Friday, 17 February 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

ZeusGreece may be having a few financial problems at the moment but back in the day Greece was a powerhouse.  And a lot of their power came from the gods.  The Greeks had quite a list that covered anything and everything,  from Chaos, the God of nothingness from which all else sprang,  to Apheleia, the spirit of simplicity.  To concoct such a large and detailed web of supernatural power was quite a feat of creativity.

 
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