Can Creativity Be Learned? 5 Best Practices to Fuel Innovation

Creativity can be learned through different practices.

Do you possess a creative and innovative mindset? Some people think these traits are innate while others are convinced they can be learned. Evidence shows these are teachable behaviors. Innovation research reveals only 25–40% of innovation comes from genes.

Are you looking for more ways to fuel innovation? These five skills will help you and your team get started down the path to greater creativity.

Employ Associative Thinking

Innovation stems from a need. Perhaps there is a problem you are trying to solve. Maybe you want a way of performing a certain task more efficiently.

Start by examining all the components, then figure out how they all fit together. As you work to find a solution, consider how all the aspects will affect the end result.


Innovation is about challenging the status quo. It involves asking the hard questions and navigating uncharted territories. Embrace this opportunity to evoke change.


Observing, listening, and asking questions are key skills of innovators.

Innovators are observant. They look for details that others might miss. It is helpful to examine a situation from different angles, then find the best approach for solving a problem.

New product ideas require a great deal of observation. You need to keep track of customer behaviors to know what will sell.


One way to network when innovating is to bring in people from different departments in the organization. Some of the best ideas can come from those who are not directly related to the goals of your team, but who may have valuable viewpoints to share.

Involve your customers in the idea gathering process. This gives you an opportunity to gain valuable feedback and lets them contribute to the products they will purchase.


The experimentation process gives you a chance to try new ideas in a controlled environment. You can introduce factors into the mix that will give you a realistic idea of how the end result will play out.

Harness the Power of Creativity

By incorporating the five best practices discussed above, you can help your employees discover their creative side and encourage them to think outside the box. The end result will be a truly collaborative workplace culture where employees feel their contributions matter.

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This article was originally published on the IdeaScale blog here.

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