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Thanks for overwhelming responses on my mail boxes..indeed it's gratifying to know that you all appreciate & enjoying this ..

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[u]Child & Creativity-[/u]

Children & creativity are closely linked!!

According to the experts, most theories of child development view young children as highly creative, with a natural tendency to fantasize, experiment, and explore their physical and conceptual environment.

Do you recall as how you played with soil & plants...

Ghost stories you made up & truly believed in !!

Exploration of the world..your garden became became the secret place ...

Your mind was pure & free from do's & don'ts..made friends easily..

However this high level of creativity is not necessarily maintained throughout childhood and into adulthood. The level of creativity declines when they start the kindergarten and peaks again when they reach early teens.

Creativity is essentially a form of problem solving. But it is a special type of problem solving--one that involves problems for which there are no easy answers: that is, problems for which popular or conventional responses do not work. Creativity involves adaptability and flexibility of

thought.

Before i go further we invite your views on your childhood & creativity..it;s a reflection of self...as what were your memorable memories of your childhood?

Do you recall how you saw the problems then & then..what ideas you had in mind..

We look forward to your views ..experiences..

Cheerio,

Rajat Joshi

Hi Rajat,
Really thought provoking articles... wishing we cud keep the childlike nature in us....
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Hi Rajat,
Your article kindled the old memories in me.
My sister and myself, during the school vacation (which was 2 months), used to build thatched hut inside our compound, put curtains(old sacks), shift some old broken cot, chair etc into the hut and really set up a house. Those times we had independent houses with pretty spacious compound with lots of space to do such things. This had become a regular exercise every year. We used to find it pretty difficult to get dried coconut leaves to be used for the hut because of frequent rains. We used to take the fallen wet leaf and wipe it dry, try and keep it under the only fan in our house for hours together to dry it before using.
Wish i could go back to those days when life was much simpler and not so complicated!
Thanks
Bala

Thanks Bala!!
For sharing your experience...
Your article kindled the old memories in me.
How many of us actually recall those happy days?...just take a minute and transport yourself to those days..
With this may i invite others to share the same before we proceed to next level...
Cheers,
Rajat

Children and Creativity

Everybody is creative. Without creativity, we could not adapt to new situations or change the way we view the world. When people identify someone as "creative", they mean something about the degree of creativity displayed. Not everyone will be delighted by the way a creative child thinks.

Development

The personality traits which some creative children develop are often viewed by others as strange or unproductive.

Free Thinking: When creative children toy with ideas, they may appear undisciplined and lacking in goal orientation;

Gullibility: Creative children get excited about "half-baked" ideas and may not see the drawbacks or flaws that an adult would easily see;

Humour: Creative children find humour in ideas which adults consider to be very serious. This ability to question and see other perspectives may be interpreted as mocking and obnoxious;

Daydreaming: Creative children learn through fantasy and solve many of their problems through its use. Letting one's mind wander can help the imagination form new connections but may be seen as being inattentive or spacey;

Aloneness: Creative thinking develops from delicate, unformed ideas. Children need to be alone while their ideas emerge, but society's emphasis on togetherness makes this difficult;

Activity: Ideas often come at times of "doing nothing." But once the idea comes, the creative child will become absorbed in the activity.

What Can You Do?

Set an Example: Honour your own child-like curiosity, enthusiasm and "crazy" ideas. Keep yourself open to new experiences, share your own creative interests and take delight in the interests of your child.

Examine Your Attitudes: Children who feel loved and trusted gain the confidence to be different and the courage to create. Over-concern for societal convention or sex-role stereotypes can inhibit creativity.

Encourage Your Child: Encourage experimentation and exploration. Practise listening to your child without being judgemental. Edit, criticize and question your child's ideas with caution. Allow for and support your child in failure. Avoid "empty praise" for every production and show your enthusiasm when you really feel it!

Enrich the Environment: Unstructured play materials encourage imagination and enable children to create their own ideas. Old magazines, books, newspapers, games, old clothes, discarded jewellery can be precious treasures of unlimited possibilities. Take trips. Talk with people. Provide experiences that stretch the imagination.

Structure the Environment: While it may be true that creative children's uniqueness might cause problems, it is not true that all children with problems are creative. Rules should be as few as possible but must be clear and consistently applied with obvious consequences for misbehaviour.

Watch TV: And watch out for TV! Used responsibly, television can enhance visual imagery and imagination, and increase one's knowledge. However, creative people are producers of new ideas, not simply consumers of the ideas of others.

Encourage Your Child to Record Ideas: Children love to paint and draw from a very early age. This is an excellent creative problem-solving medium. Before they begin to write, they can dictate their ideas to adults or other children. Later, you may encourage your child to keep a diary or journal.

Teach Your Child about Creativity: The creative process never runs smoothly and children get into "bad moods" when they are frustrated. Let them know it's okay to daydream, pretend, have imaginary friends, think things other people don't think, and not be interested in everything that interests other children. Deep satisfaction can be gained from participating in unlocking your child's creative potential, kindling within the lifelong fire of artistic and intellectual enthusiasm.

Cheers,

Rajat

Hai Rajat,
Thanks for your feedback.
Your "What can yo do?" was very correct. We got to follow those as much as possible and as sincerely as possible. I am sure anybody can see, experience the positive in this case.
Thanks Rajat once again
Bala

Hi Folks,

Lateral thinking & decision making process in closely interlinked which normally is largely is common sense..

Came across this article..check it out..

We Need a Severe Outbreak of Common Sense

by Rick Sidorowicz

I could be taking all this revolutionary stuff too seriously but it

seems that you hear and read more and more of all the admirable

intentions and nice rhetoric but see very little of it applied.

It might have something to do with some of the extraordinary

neurophysiological mechanisms operating in the mosaic of the minds of

executives - but then again it might just be case of insecure egos

and a fear of the unknown. Is it really so %$# complicated?

What on earth would we do if it were indeed - more simple.

We need a serious outbreak of common sense.

What on earth is so complicated and complex about treating people

with dignity and respect, providing information so they can make

informed and intelligent choices, giving people the tools, resources,

and authority to do their jobs, and trusting them to get it done

right and on time
?

And is it really that much of a leap of faith to see that if you treat your employees that way - they will tend to treat their customers that way too?

Is it really that obvious and simple? Anita Roddick, founder of The

Body Shop has this to say about her success, "............................... what's so hot-shit about putting up products that are good and visually exciting and effective and having staff well trained and loving the

product?" "It's not extraordinary. It's obvious!" Is it really so

simple? Absolutely! We need a severe outbreak of common sense - and

perhaps a `common sense revolution.'

Want to solve your multi million dollar `positioning' problem? Ask a

group of eight year olds what they think of shopping in your

store. "Boring," was the response I got and they were right on the

money. Mega bucks on media advertising?

How about a critique from an eleven year old that the ads were quite dumb and not at all believable - not even funny. The creative talents of an agency and $1.2 million later to discover what a bunch of kids from around the corner could have told you in a five minute conversation. But still we need focus groups and more research to guide our thinking.

(because it's so complicated!)

Where does all this complexity and clutter come from?

Are the minds of senior managers and executives just so complex that they can no longer grasp fundamentals - the simple truths - the basics? Is it because it just has to be complex to appear to be important, or

astute, or executive? Can simple co-exist with exalted ?

The answer must be to simplify and apply ... our common sense; to stop strangling ourselves with information, research, statistics and

superfluous jargon. Solving any problem requires stripping away all

of the extraneous information - the clutter - and getting to the

heart of it - the meat - the fundamentals. And believe it or not,

those with less experience in the complexities of the executive suite

often have the clearest perspective. So do your customers - (if you

asked them) - and your suppliers (if you asked them too.) It's really

not all that complicated!

Jack Welch - mega value creator at GE gets to the heart of it in the

following quote:


"Insecure managers create complexity. Frightened, nervous managers

use thick, convoluted planning books and busy slides filled with

everything they've known since childhood.

Real leaders don't need clutter. People must have the self-confidence to be clear, precise, to be sure that every person in their organization understands what the business is trying to achieve. But it's not easy. You can't believe how hard it is for people to be simple, how much they fear being simple. They worry that if they're simple, people will think they're simple-minded. In reality, of course, it's just the reverse.

Clear, tough minded people are the most simple."

Thanks Jack...you are RIGHT...

Cheers

Rajat

Hi all,

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound

ourselves." -

Thomas Alva Edison

Just how powerful is the Subconscious Mind and how can we use it to

help our self improvement? Itís almost impossible to overestimates the

power of the subconscious mind.

Most of our brainís activity does not occur consciously. It is our

subconscious mind that controls all the organs that makes our bodies

function, Itís our subconscious mind that allows us to drive our car, listen

to the radio and eat an apple without really paying much attention to

any of these activities. Itís our subconscious mind that never sleeps,

and takes in and stores everything that we see hear or experience, even

the things we pay no attention to. Itís our subconscious mind that

makes our daily living possible by allowing us to do hundreds, if not

thousands of actions every day without even thinking about them.

Why is this important for Self Improvement?

Whether we are aware of it or not, most of the instincts and gut

feelings that we have, or voices we hear, come from our subconscious mind. It is also our subconscious mind that, if we allow it to, can give us

invaluable insights and solutions to problems and can help us in every area of our lives. But we can go much further. If we learn how to actively

use our subconscious mind and feed it with the right input, it can be

our greatest ally in life. It can ensure we achieve our goals and desires

and allow us do more with our lives than we ever thought possible.

The subconscious mind is so powerful that to there is absolutely

nothing Ďsubí about it, and has also been called, more accurately, the

super-conscious mind or the creative mind.

Just a couple of questions to you all..it just takes a few seconds to ponder..

Today morning..

Did ideas pop in your mind while..

* Having a bath

* Shaving

* While getting ready to office

* While commuting to office in a car or train....

What has happened to these ideas when you once reach office?...

Where & how these ideas come through..which comes like a flash & go away?..

Await your inputs!

Have a great day!!

Cheers,

Rajat

Hi Folks,

Some just messaged me

well..i was thinking for the suitable answer..my colleage forwarded this link which was published in rediff.com sometime ago..

For your information please...

B-schools wake up to the real world

Samyukta Bhowmick | August 03, 2005

If there's one thing that Donald Trump's hit reality TV show The Apprentice has taught us, it's that your MBA won't always bail you out in a real life business crisis. By all accounts, acquiring an MBA is a gruelling process.

But could it be that students are so busy discussing textbook problems, writing papers and taking exams, that they've forgotten how to handle the real world?

Business schools in the US obviously think so. They're redesigning their business courses to "get real" (in some instances actually using Donald's show in classrooms). And recently, they have started to move towards the arts, and in particular, design. Schools such as Stanford, Harvard and Carnegie Mellon have all introduced design courses into their business curricula to teach their students how to think creatively.

This trend is beginning to crawl into India. Although most B-schools still keep strictly to their business curricula, some are offering arts classes, or introducing a creative element -- beyond the classic "lateral thinking" (a la Edward de Bono) -- into the curriculum that allows students to apply what they learn in the classroom.

The Indian Institute of Management at Bangalore, for instance, has a class called "Tracking Creative Boundaries", introduced to it by the India Foundation for the Arts. Artists teach students about the history of art and the lives of artists.

"A professor," explains the executive director of IFA, Anmol Vellani, "once said to me that management education is all wrong. It only teaches technical competence, whereas management is about other things as well -- soft skills, ethics and, above all, creativity."

The value is clear. "Artists are naturally suspicious of accepted idioms," says Vellani. "They're constantly reinventing themselves. Entrepreneurs need to be inventive too... they need to recognise real world constraints, have the imagination to adapt to them, and be creative."

Other schools, in their quest to lend vibrancy to an entrepreneurial culture, are also focusing more closely on 'creativity' in business.

For instance, the Faculty of Management Studies at Delhi University is facilitating an entrepreneurship competition, involving around 500 students from 20 B-schools and 20 undergraduate colleges, where students have to come up with a business plan.

The 'ROI'? Relevance, originality and impact -- before you get any return on investment. FMS students also have the option to take arts electives in separate schools at DU, but are so busy, says a student, that no one has taken a single one.

Gurgaon's Management Development Institute, meanwhile, has a course on theatre technique incorporated into the communications portion of the MBA program. Theatre is widely acknowledged as a laboratory of audience response, invaluable to any business person who must work out how to address and engage a market.

"Classes like this help students to put themselves in real world situations," says Gita Bajaj, an assistant professor of Business Communications at MDI-Gurgaon, "With exercises like public speaking and role playing, we put students on the spot and this forces them to adapt quickly and make practical decisions."

To be sure, Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats remain handy tools available to B-schools trying to make students break their mental moulds and think anew in varied ways. But the difference now is that actual works of art -- both 'high art' and popular -- are beginning to infiltrate the otherwise sheltered environs of B-school campuses.

Cheers,

Rajat

Hello Rajat,
Yes , u r rite!!
The ideas did up pop as you said but i forgot them as i reached the workplace.
Trying to recall them but can't as dey were unique & innovative!!
How do we retain or remember these ideas?
Regards,
Ricky


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