“What Should We Look For When Searching For Creative People?”

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Contrary to pop biz, self help platitudes, “creativity” is pretty much anti-social and driven by “darkness” and not the “light.”  Unlikely organizations can tolerate this kind of diversity – why ad agencies, consultants, accts, attys, etc. are best to stay “outsiders.”

“Creativity can quite simply be defined as the capacity to come up with new ideas to serve a purpose. Creativity is thus one of the most important sources of renewal. Creativity contributes to innovation and improvements in working life, commerce and industry.

Seven…paramount personality traits that characterise creative people:
• 1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful, have a wealth of ideas, ability to be committed, sliding transitions between fact and fiction.
• 2. Need for originality: Resists rules and conventions. Have a rebellious attitude due to a need to do things no one else does.
• 3. Motivation: Have a need to perform, goal-oriented, innovative attitude, stamina to tackle difficult issues.
• 4. Ambition: Have a need to be influential, attract attention and recognition.
• 5. Flexibility: Have the ability to see different aspects of issues and come up with optional solutions.
• 6. Low emotional stability: Have a tendency to experience negative emotions, greater fluctuations in moods and emotional state, failing self-confidence.
• 7. Low sociability: Have a tendency not to be very considerate, are obstinate and find faults and flaws in ideas and people.

Among the seven personality traits, associative orientation and flexibility are the factors that to the greatest extent lead to creative thinking.

“Associative orientation is linked to ingenuity. Flexibility is linked to insight.” The other five characteristics describe emotional inclinations and motivational factors that influence creativity or spark an interest in creativity.

“The seven personality traits influence creative performance through inter-action.”

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The study shows that the artists who participated:
– scored much higher on associative orientation than the other participants.
– They have a substantial need for originality and are not particularly stable emotionally.
– The personality profile of the marketing students was quite similar to the artist profile and also differs from the other participants in the study.
– The artists in the study also scored lower values for ambition than the others and are not particularly sociable either.

“An employer would be wise to conduct a position analysis to weigh the requirements for the ability to cooperate against the need for creativity.” He also emphasises that creative people may need help to complete their projects.

“Creative people are not always equally practical and performance-oriented, which is the reverse side of the “creativity medal.”

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