Week 2 Journal: Reflection on Creativity/Innovation Self-Assessment Tools
A key element of the creative process is your own awareness of your aptitudes and inclinations. Understanding your own creative profile can help you discover hidden abilities or confirm what you already perceive about yourself. For this journal assignment, you will explore a minimum of two creativity tests from the list of websites below:
- Our Creative Brain. - http://www.shelleycarson.com/creative-brain-test
- How Creative Are You?. - https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/creativity-quiz.htm
- Test My Creativity. - http://www.testmycreativity.com/
- How Creative Are You?. - http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/faculty/uzzi/ftp/page176.html
- Which Innovator Are You?. - https://www.nesta.org.uk/quiz/which-innovator-are-you
In addition, read Chapter 9: Why Do We Create? The Roles of Motivation, Mindset, and Passion in Human Creativity and Chapter 10: The Creative Personality: Current Understandings and Debates from the Plucker (2017) text.
In your journal assignment,
- Explain how you perceived your own creativity prior to the assessments.
- List which assessments you explored.
- Explain how the assessments either confirmed, confounded, or altered these initial self-perceptions.
- Discuss the value of such self-assessment exercises.
- How do your findings relate to the theoretical issues discussed in Chapters 9 and 10 of the Plucker (2017) text?
- How can gaining further insight into your own thought processes enhance creativity in ways that will spur innovation?
- Provide at least one specific example of a discovery about yourself gained through the assessment activities that you can apply to your work in your area of interest.
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I would like to think my creativity is above average. This is because I almost always have
a solution or an idea churning away in my thoughts about how a certain problem, that I am not
necessarily facing, could be solved.
The Kellogg test gave a score of 55 which, on their scale, is above average. ‘Test my
creativity’ gave a score of 72.42 and ‘which innovator are you?’ defined me as ‘an innovation
While I was not surprised by the Kellogg score that revealed I am above average, I feel
the ‘test my creativity’ score was more in-depth. This is because it focused more on the various
metrics that allude to the strength and kind of creativity that interplay in any one person. I scored
highest in curiosity, boldness, complexity and paradox in that respective order. The innovation
realist definition was spot on. I do appreciate new ideas but not just for their sake. I believe that
when the right thing is done for and by others ...