7 Steps of Creative Thinking

In the previous section we talked about the 5-Phases Decision Making Process, Raphael DiLuzio (2012) expanded it to include two more steps, making it a 7-step model. Read the following article and get to know the seven steps of creative thinking.

Source: TEDxDirigo - 7 Steps of Creative Thinking, Raphael DiLuzio (2012)

This Ted-Talk video begins with the author’s experience of recovery after a car accident. The “eureka” moment hit him and gave him an idea of how to train his once-lost speaking ability; it also produced his idea about the 7 steps of creative thinking.

The author divided the creative process into 7 steps.

The first step is merely to notice a problem or have an idea or a question.

The second step is the “research stage”. One should gather information from the world that might be related to the topic in the first stage.

The third step is what the author calls “basta time”, from the Italian word meaning “enough”. It is the time to stop gathering ideas.

The fourth step is “distraction”. In this stage, one should think of something totally irrelevant to the original topic, and try to connect the two.

The fifth step is the “eureka moment”, is the moment that people are familiar with, when one is hit by an inspiration, though this event can easily be ignored or underrated.

Making” is the sixth step. No matter how creative the idea is, it is no use without being put into practice.

The last step is “testing the prototype” and accepting the criticism and comment that the world gives it.

Although the steps are listed in order, the procedure may not always follow the same sequence. For example, if someone has an idea popping into in his head, he might go directly to the fifth stage. The steps are for instruction and point to what may happen in a creative thinking process.

Tell us what your think of the 7-step model compared to the 5-step model by leaving a comment.

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Using Creative Problem Solving

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