vi) Creative Mind

A creative mind involves

- breaking new ground

- has a capacity to put forth new ideas, poses unfamiliar questions, conjures up fresh ways of thinking

- uncovers and clarifies new problems, questions and phenomena with unexpected answers

- goes beyond existing knowledge and syntheses to pose new questions, offer new solutions, fashion works that challenge existing genre or configure new ones

- builds on one or more established disciplines and requires an informed field to make judgments of quality and acceptability

- thinking outside the box - putting forth recommendations for new practices and products, explicating them, seeking endorsement and enactment

- for a leader, this means formulating and issuing new visions

NB Informed challenges to orthodoxy require at least partial mastery of discipline and synthesizing thinking. In fact,

"...aspiring creator needs a generous supply of intelligence(s), skill and discipline...... a baseline of literacy and discipline..."

Howard Gardner, 2006a

The main differences between synthesizing and creating minds are

"... the synthesizer's goal is to place what has already known into the best, useful and illuminating a form as possible. The creator's to extend knowledge, to ruffle the contours of a genre, to guide a set of practices along new and hitherto unanticipated directions. The synthesizer seeks order, equilibrium, closure: the creator is motivated by uncertainty, surprise, continual challenge, and disequilibrium..."

Howard Gardner, 2006a

Generally we look to leaders rather than managers for inspiration and examples of creativity

Throughout history, creativity has had a tough time

"...just as human beings have a conservative bent, one that militates against educational innovation and interdisciplinary leaps, human society also strives to maintain the current form..."

Howard Gardner, 2006a

Need to be careful of

"...Offering apparent innovations that are either superficial variations of long-existing knowledge or sharp departures that may be novel but are not accepted ultimately by the knowledgeable field..."

Howard Gardner, 2006a


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