This brief FAQ addresses creativity training in general and how Innovation Styles facilitates comprehensive creativity development.
Q: What is a creativity test?
A: A creativity test, or creativity assessment, is a questionnaire that helps you learn important things about your personal creativity – how you are creative, how you innovate, how you solve problems. It is the first essential step in a comprehensive personal creativity training strategy that helps you:
- Know yourself – determine your own unique style, its strengths and weaknesses, and how it fits into the range of possible styles
- Know others – learn how to cope with others who might have different styles, how they can help you solve problems outside your preference, and how you can ultimately help them
- Develop creativity skills – learning creative thinking techniques, creativity processes, and focused problem solving skills
- Apply these skills individually or in groups
Creativity training is the backbone of personal, professional, and organizational development.
Q: Why do I need to become more creative?
A: The ‘creative sector’ is growing by leaps and bounds in our culture. A hundred years ago, 75 percent of the US population worked in either in the agriculture or vocational sector. Now, the same percentage of people are in the service and the creative sectors. As repetitive cognitive functions are increasingly outsourced to the global economy, or met by software, future growth will be in areas emphasizing non-routine problem solving, innovation, and creativity.
Q: What do you mean by ‘creativity?’
A: By ‘creativity’ we mean your ability to solve problems, to create novelty, to innovate. Creativity has two components: LEVEL (How creative am I) and STYLE (In what way am I creative). Innovation can be thought of the same way – how innovative am I, and how do I innovate.
Q. How does Innovation Styles assess my creativity?
A: Innovation Styles assesses your preference for using four distinct styles: Visioning, Exploring, Experimenting, and Modifying. The home page video gives a complete description of the process.
Q: How do I take the Innovation Styles assessment online?
A: Simply follow this link and order an assessment. You will be sent an email invitation immediately after ordering.
Q: When I receive my invitation email, what happens next?
A: The invitation contains a link to take the assessment. You simply follow the link, fill in the required information, and answer a series of questions.
Q: What kind of report will I receive after I complete the assessment?
A: You will receive a two-page summary of your Innovation Style preference, and a 14-page booklet with more in-depth information. You can download a sample report here.
Q: Can I get personal, individualized feedback from my consultant?
A: Absolutely. Although the Innovation Styles report is comprehensive and requires no professional interpretation, it is often extremely beneficial to receive an hour or so of personal coaching. After completing the assessment, you will be offered the option of purchasing a personal consultation from your Innovation Styles consultant.