Who Are Original Thinkers? #BCSLearns

I have posted about innovation and innovative thinking in previous blogs like the one titled Moving from Pockets of Innovation to an Innovative Culture, as well as creativity in a post entitled What Does Creativity Require?  Adam Grant, organizational psychologist, in his book, Originals, and within his TEDTalk (view below), shares his sense about original thinkers.  “Originals are nonconformists. People who not only have new ideas, but take action to champion them. They’re people who stand out and speak up. Originals drive creativity and change in the world. They’re the people you want to bet on. And they look nothing like I expected,” he explains.  The three surprising habits of Original Thinkers, according to Grant, is that they:

  • fall somewhere between procrastination and ‘precrastination’
  • doubt their ideas — but not themselves
  • fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most.

For Grant, original thinking is “the best way to improve the world around us.”  Here’s to us at BCS working to inspire creativity, innovation and original thinking among our students so they can live into our 3E’s (valuing their education, their environment and each other) in order to make the world a better place!

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4 thoughts on “Who Are Original Thinkers? #BCSLearns

  1. Jordy Whitmer

    Is there a difference between “Original thinkers” and “original thinkers?” Some of the research on creativity distinguishes between Creativity and creativity. Is there anything that is truly original, or is it all just variations or synthesis? You might enjoy thinking about how Punya Mishra frames it, “The “variations on a theme” concept compares the creative process to “twisting knobs” – where “knobs” are the variables on an object or idea which can be altered, and the creative person must be able to spot these knobs and see which ones to twist and how – to generate variations that are creative.” http://www.punyamishra.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/TechTrends-jan2014-2.pdf

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