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Fostering Creativity in Self and the Organization by Eric W. Stein

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Chapter 3

Capitalize on Your Strengths

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

—Albert Einstein, scientist

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.

—Carl Jung, psychologist

Numerous studies have shown that expertise and creativity emerge in relation to a particular domain of knowledge or activity. For example, we might say that a particular person is gifted as an artist, a musician, a writer, or leader. Human beings exhibit an astonishing array of strengths and abilities. To become really good or even “gifted” requires that we spend considerable time developing our innate talents, strengths, and abilities. Therefore, one of the first steps in our journey is to assess ...

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