As a writer, I am always interested in improving my creativity.
So I was happy to catch a radio interview the other day with Michael Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo daVinci.
Considering that daVinci pretty much did everything—he was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer, and, it turns out, juggler–there’s no question that he knew how to innovate.
Of course, daVinci was a genius, perhaps the uber-genius. But Gelb, a prolific author and innovation coach, believes the rest of us can use some of daVinci’s principles to improve our own creativity. After studying daVinci’s legendary mirror-image notebooks, Gelb offers seven principles of daVinci’s to increase creativity
- Curiosity (Curiosità )–The insatiable quest for knowledge and continuous improvement
- Think Independently (Dimostrazione) – Learning from experience
- Sharpen Your Senses (Sensazione) – Sharpening the senses
- Embrace Uncertainty (Sfumato) – Managing ambiguity and change
- Balance Logic and Imagination (Arte/Scienza) – Whole-brain thinking
- Balance Body and Mind (Corporalità) – Body-mind fitness
- Make New Connections (Connessione) – Systems thinking