Creativity and Innovation

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How can you help your students understand creativity and innovation?

Creativity is the nature of creating something new.  Innovation is the usage of that creativity to enhance the performance of a process, person, team or organization.   Both are required in order to produce measurable business results.

Facing change has become commonplace in organizations in order to keep up with the marketplace and customer expectations.  Organizations know that in order to meet a global marketplace, diverse customer base and technology innovation they need people and leadership that can form new ideas, concepts or methods.  Creativity is the nature of creating something new.  Innovation is the usage of that creativity to enhance the performance of a process, person, team or organization.  Both are required in order to produce measurable business results.

Through the effective use of tools and techniques that enhance the thinking process, organizations can align the creative and innovative ideas within strategic planning, product development and problem solving.  This helps to generate new and innovative performance standards.

 

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Are there opportunities for your students to brainstorm ideas?  Could concept mapping and mind mapping be tools used as standard protocol in generating solutions?  Are there opportunities for new ways of thinking to be explored?  How are everyday practices examined?  Are typical math computations the only way to a sum?