Since such statement does not sit well in me, I made a decision to study this subject. I have spent the last couple of years gathering information from various blogs, books, articles, interviewing people, as well as personally observing behavior of the people around me.
This is my summary conclusion so far (this is far from perfect, and I am still striving to gain more experience and understanding, and I am not writing all of the details here) on how we can develop our creative problem solving skill:
Believe (truly, truly believe) we are a creative problem solver
The point here is, once we close our minds and lock ourselves in the 'no-hope' box , there is no way we can achieve any improvement in this field. A wise man once said, vision and belief always come before the actual achievement and realization. That's how we should start
- Understand that there are always more than one way of solving a problem / creating an idea.
- Set our goal based on what is possible, not based on what's already out there / past performance (a.k.a: don't put our intelligence and brain into a box).
- Free up our mental, cultural, social boundaries and thinking to the point of letting any thoughts flow and manifest.
- Be specific and straightforward in stating our ideas - that way we can build on them and come up with the final, most complete, most sound concept.
Will you arrive at your destination?
"Thinking logically" and solving problems / creating plans based historical past is like doing this to the map.
Be aware of 'terminology trap' - Free our minds from terms, words, semantics that describes a situation or an object
Have you ever realized that everything around us does not actually come with any name / terms? Cars, mugs, ants, elephants - they are all named by human. This is OK for convenience of calling these things, but as a result, we sometimes get 'stuck' in past characteristics usually associated with the name.
No one can accept the fact that there is a possibility of a swan with black feathers, until 1697 in West Australia.
Even now, if we do a quick survey with people around us and ask, "Quick, don't think too long. Answer this: What color is a swan?", we will get more than 60% of the people who answer, "white".
This is what I called 'terminology trap'. If we are aware of this and good at catching it before it traps us, we are well on our way to becoming a good creative problem solver.