A series of ten articles transferred from Dr. Huhn’s earlier blog posts

Some Fundamentals of the Creative Process and the Transfer into Real Life Innovations

»Create the necessary or desired changes.«

With this comprehensive introduction, you have the know-how to use your creative resources at a full extent.

  1. Article The Power of Second Order Solutions

  2. Article The creative process of finding second-order solutions

  3. Article Phase I of the creative process

  4. Article Phase II of the creative process: The incubation phase

  5. Article Phase II (continued): Creativity and the processes within the brain

  6. Article Phase II (continued): Methods and techniques; The method 6 - 3 - 5

  7. Article Phase II (continued): Method »Mind Mapping«

  8. Article Phase III of the creative process: the solution, the idea is born

  9. Article Phase IV of the creative process: How to make a decision

  10. Article Phase IV (continued): of the creative process: The realization of new ideas by overcoming the protection barriers of the domain or the system

Introduction

Prof. Csikszentmihalyi has shown that the happy, harmonious moments of our lives take place in a relatively narrow space between the large field of overload on the one hand and the large field of routine and boredom on the other.

Flow picture:  Example of a mountaineer who, when climbing a 1,400 m high mountain, reaches exactly his performance limit and experiences FLOW. After some further training and successful ascents, suddenly he does not experience FLOW any more. His abilities have grown, and he has outgrown the balance between challenges and skills. However, if he then overtaxes himself and wants to climb a 6,000m peak in Nepal, for example, he fails because the challenge is too high

Flow picture: Example of a mountaineer who, when climbing a 1,400 m high mountain, reaches exactly his performance limit and experiences FLOW. After some further training and successful ascents, suddenly he does not experience FLOW any more. His abilities have grown, and he has outgrown the balance between challenges and skills. However, if he then overtaxes himself and wants to climb a 6,000m peak in Nepal, for example, he fails because the challenge is too high

If we have the first conversations with participants of our seminars or with coaching clients, they usually find themselves in one of the two areas: either they are burdened by  permanent stress or they have fallen into a routine characterized by growing unpleasant boredom. 

Change is the order of the day, but it is easier said than done. How do you find a practical way out, the right solution in the current life situation? Putting one's head in the sand would mean renouncing one's liveliness. To dare something new requires not only courage but also a knowledge of finding possible solutions, the mobilization of one's creative resources.

The mechanical use of creativity techniques is not enough. They make sense, but only when we understand why, when, and how we use them. We are therefore beginning today with a series of contributions with which we want to decipher the secret of creativity - at least to the extent that it is possible according to the current state of knowledge. The level of scientific knowledge about the emergence of new ideas is still relatively low. However, in recent decades, researchers have at least found out a great deal about what promotes creativity and, above all, what limits or even blocks it. Some useful conclusions can be drawn from this. For example, our contributions are intended to build a bridge between the findings of research and the implementation of them day by day in our professional and private lives.

Start now with the first article:

The Power of Second Order Solutions