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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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PART FOUR: Generating ideas

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

Edward Lane, British translator and lexicographer

In a decision-making or problem-solving situation, have you ever run out of ideas? If you have, then I know what that feels like!

Creative thinking and creativity can sometimes sound a little pretentious, but they do point to the remarkable capacity of our minds to generate new ideas. A traditional word for that faculty is imagination.

In Part Four we shall explore together some of the practical ways for developing your creative abilities so that you are never lost for an idea. Not to be without ideas is especially important if you are a leader. Most natural leaders are never short of them: it is their stock-in-trade. ...

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