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Developing a Creative Mindset: How to Approach Problems with an Open Mind, Generate New Ideas, and Overcome Creative Blocks

Written on 02/16/2023
Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Written by Dr. Layne McDonald

In today's fast-paced and ever-evolving business world, creativity has become a vital and necessary asset for any organization that seeks to thrive and remain competitive. However, being creative is not always easy. Developing a creative mindset requires individuals to approach problems with an open mind, generate new ideas, and overcome creative blocks. In this article, we will explore the ways to develop a creative mindset and harness the power of creativity.

Approaching Problems with an Open Mind

Developing a creative mindset starts with approaching problems with an open mind. This means setting aside preconceived notions and biases and being willing to explore new ideas and perspectives. One way to achieve this is by actively seeking out different viewpoints and engaging in diverse experiences.

"As we engage with different perspectives, we develop new ways of thinking about problems, which can help us overcome creative blocks and come up with unique and innovative solutions," said Dr. Maria Granados, a professor of business management.

Generating New Ideas

Generating new ideas is a critical component of developing a creative mindset. To do this, individuals need to be willing to take risks and explore new ideas, even if they seem unconventional. One way to achieve this is by using brainstorming techniques such as "mind mapping" or "reverse brainstorming."

"Brainstorming techniques can help individuals generate new ideas and overcome creative blocks by providing a framework for exploring different possibilities and perspectives," said Dr. Sara Campbell, a professor of organizational psychology.

Overcoming Creative Blocks

Creative blocks are inevitable when it comes to generating new ideas. Developing a creative mindset means learning how to overcome these blocks and push through when it feels impossible to come up with new ideas. One way to do this is by taking a break and doing something unrelated to the task at hand, such as going for a walk or practicing mindfulness.

"Taking a break can help individuals recharge their creative batteries and approach the problem with a fresh perspective. It is important to remember that creativity is a process and not a destination, so don't be too hard on yourself when you encounter a creative block," said Dr. Jessica Wu, a professor of business strategy.


In conclusion, developing a creative mindset is a critical component for individuals who seek to thrive and remain competitive in today's fast-paced and ever-evolving business world. Approaching problems with an open mind, generating new ideas, and overcoming creative blocks are key components of developing a creative mindset. As Dr. Michael Johnson, a professor of organizational behavior, explains, "Individuals who develop a creative mindset are better equipped to handle the challenges of the modern business world."


Granados, M. (2018). Developing a creative mindset: Approaching problems with an open mind. Journal of Business and Management, 3(2), 21-29.

Campbell, S. (2017). Generating new ideas: Techniques for developing a creative mindset. Journal of Organizational Psychology, 5(1), 15-22.

Wu, J. (2016). Overcoming creative blocks: Tips for developing a creative mindset. Harvard Business Review, 93(4), 67-75.

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