Creativity – The Differential in Any Crisis

The importance of creativity

Creativity is the competence that makes a difference! It brings into existence things that didn’t exist, at least not in that shape and appearance. It works side by side with the competencies of adaptability and flexibility. Together, they bring important changes to the world.

The wheel was invented by human creativity and reinvented in several ways through history, aiming to adapt to situations and needs. Scientists discover solutions through creativity. Artists enchant and bring well-being, beauty, and meaning to life through creativity. We will find answers at the present time for the challenges we’re facing now through creativity. 

According to Einstein, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” In times of crisis such as this pandemic moment, for instance, it is not only desirable, but extremely necessary. We need to change and adjust. We need a great metamorphosis to face the challenges and uncertainties of this new reality. Creativity will be the way through which we will adapt. But how to develop creativity in us? How to reinvent ourselves? How can we become the professionals the world needs? What impact it has on job searching? These are some of the questions we want to discuss. 

How to develop creativity

Like any other competency, creativity can be developed. Once you are convinced of its practical importance and great influence on professional success and, ultimately, on developing well-being to humanity. you should practice activities that will increase and release your potential of creation. I’ll list some of them here. Invest in them! Change only happens with focused action. It’s necessary to be intentional in the search for creativity. 

Immerse in arts – Make time for art! I recommend at least 30 minutes of art every day. Experience art intensely. Dive deeply into the sensorial experience. Explore your feelings and sensations to the fullest. Let your mind be open to absorb. Live the artistic moment, explore the elements. Have fun with art! Let your mind navigate free, untied. Dance, sing, play an instrument, play a role, cook, feel the smells, make a sculpture or a collage, play Lego with your kids. Art connects several parts of our brains. For example, playing an instrument lights up the whole brain and makes it create connections with its different parts. Einstein used to say that many of his insights came while he played the violin. 

Explore – Explore a theme thoroughly: in texts (reading is one of the greatest ways of exploration), in videos, in podcasts, in music, in art… then let your mind rest, go back, and start to make mental connections with the problems you are trying to solve in mind.

Observe and see from different angles – Live life observing. Turn objects up and down in all possible positions and angles. Look at them from above, from below, by the sides, transversally. Shift your position in relation to objects. Realize interactions.

Brainstorm possibilities – Let your ideas about a particular subject flow freely, with no judgments. If it can be done in a group, even better – more heads, more connections, more realities, and more perceptions. And then eliminate some until you keep the best ones. Give yourself time to reflect and think.  

Talk about the subject – Talk to people from your area and from different ones. Sometimes, someone will bring a new perspective or insight to you. People from distinct fields think differently and see things from a different angle. As you speak and articulate your thoughts, you may discover something new yourself. 

Analysis – Analysis classes are one of the components that take the most time in the curriculum of composition courses. Analyzing art and understanding the elements and their combinations enrich the composer’s “vocabulary” of possibilities and techniques. Analyzing the several factors, elements, and techniques involved in other knowledge domains will bring light to you, too. 

Connect ideas – Try to connect an idea to the maximum number of things you can, even the most absurd ones. Understand the relations between them. Create graphics showing the connections between things. As an exercise to develop creativity, my husband used to think about two things completely disconnected and then tried to establish links between them. During his Master’s course, and later on in his professional life, he was acknowledged by his ideas and original solutions in programming. It’s an excellent mental exercise to develop creativity. 

Combine and mix – Combine elements, functions, formats, mix substances, styles, and so on, just as an artist combines colors, sounds, movements, and shapes. Use synesthesia in your favor. The more senses involved, the richer the experience. 

Bear value and meaning in mind – This is the highest level of any human experience: ascribing value and meaning. Work with this concept in mind and explore this level of thought in everything you do. Think about the human aspect and of what your idea will mean to all people. Ultimately, do not lose sight that everything we do must be done for humanity’s well-being and happiness. 

Creativity applied to job searching

Here are some practical suggestions on how to apply your creativity to the job search and development process:

Be creative and make creativity real in your life – Any job searching starts with self-knowledge, the discovery of who you are, what motivates you, what you value and what you desire, your weaknesses and your strengths, the knowledge of you story and the identification of professional development needs to become a better professional and candidate. A career that is not planned and based on these principles has a high chance of not bringing happiness. We need to tell real stories about who you really are and what you really do. So, the best way to be creative in the job search process is to be creative for real. We previously mentioned several ideas on how to make it real in your life. Invest in creative initiatives, put all that into practice, and then tell your creative accomplishments!

Creativity in the résumé writing – Creativity in the résumé can manifest itself in different ways. For example, it can manifest itself by the use of an interesting and unusual vocabulary. Read! Read other résumés, read websites of key companies, search for inspiration. This is part of our continuous development process at Altitude. We arm ourselves with several examples and tools to help you out. Some words have already lost power in the market. Give them a different spin, or maybe change them by associating unusual adjectives. Another way to manifest your creativity is to tell your story from a different angle and perspective making use of the discoveries made during the coaching process. Creativity may yet manifest itself on the layout that you chose including colors, fonts and diagramming, ways to highlight what is important and innovate, generating a visual impact for the recruiter who reads it.

Creativity on LinkedIn and social media – It’s a fact that your social media postings need to communicate your competencies and professional value. But how visually attractive have your posts been? How interesting and captivating have they been to the reader? Seek information, take some courses in creative writing, or change the setting of things a little. Think, connect ideas that have never been connected before. Don’t just repeat what the crowd is doing.

Creativity in the strategies – Trace a creative plan. Think of strategies that were not used yet. People who really want something need to spend time thinking of how to obtain it. For example, think of new strategies to network. Be creative in the way you approach people and create connections through common interests. The possibilities are infinite!

Creativity in the interview – Research about your interviewer before and during the interview. Find ways to connect with him/her, and find ways to connect the message you want to deliver to the answers given. All the training to activate your creativity will help you answer imaginative questions. Your mind will be more equipped to make connections between aspects apparently not related.

Connecting all the dots

A creative mind can face ambiguity and uncertainty and create intelligent solutions in the most diverse professional situations! Crisis gives us the chance to create, dare, and make the difference! Who knows? Maybe you are the person who will bring the solution your company needs? It’s possible! Invest time in art, invest time to develop your creativity. This competency is a differential for today’s crisis and any crisis in the future. A great ROI to us all!

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