Inflexion Point, March 2019

Inflexion Point, March 2019

Dr. Pavan Soni 03/03/2019 7

The Dark Side of Creativity

Are creative people more dishonest? Research suggests that creativity is a better predictor of dishonesty than intelligence. Creative people often don't shy away from bending the rules or truth to suit their version, and, while doing so, indulge in unethical behaviors. Experiments with adults have demonstrated that, creative people tend to interpret ambiguous situations to meet their belief and even offer compelling justification. That doesn't, however, mean that dishonest people are creative! (Source: Psychology Today)

The Neuroscience of Creativity

Brain and the associated creativity is one of the most interesting frontiers of research and general interest alike. In a very incisive interview, leading author and neuroscientist Ann Abraham clarifies on our scant understanding of the origin and form of human creativity and dispels a few myths. She speaks about the 4Ps of creativity (Place, Person, Process, and Product), clarifies on the right-brain/ left-brain compartmentalization, the brain-to-process, and process-to-brain linkages, and several others. (Source: Scientific American)

Creativity Calls for Thinking 'Slow'

In this VUCA world there seems to be a premium on thinking and acting fast. However, theory and observations offer that a slow, deliberate thinking is often more effective for creative problem solving. Think of thinking in three compartments -- problem exploration, solution generation, and solution validation; and these three separate stages allow for one to soak into the problem completely before attempting a solution. A slow, effortful thinking, which is a rarity though, is the need for the hour which is throwing complex problems at us. (Source: HT Mint)

A Data-Driven Approach to Group Creativity

While a lot of psychometric tests go into hiring of candidates and job promotions, the same rigor is often missing while building teams for innovation. Research suggests that there are psychological traits that characterise creative people and these could be gauged through psychometric tests, or even structured interviews. Some of the important traits are resilience, emotional stability, flexibility, openness to new experiences, and empathy; and together they are called the visionary mindset. Some of the useful tools include MBTI, HBDI, and NEO-PI-R. (Source: HBR)

How Artists Remain Creative Across Ages 

Certainly creativity is not limited to arts, but artists are some of the most readily recognized creators. There seems to be something cutting across various artists and across ages. This piece documents work and beliefs of some of the artists from domains as wide as visual arts to poetry and dance, and identifies a common theme -- optimism. These people give up later than most others, and even if they shift domains they carry their world-view across. (Source: Time)

How Bill Gates Sees the Future 

There are few people who have made more impact than Bill Gates, and I would easily call him the most useful human being alive! Here's a look at the important technologies for the year 2019 through the eyes of Gates, who is as pragmatic as an innovator himself. The technologies, perhaps not all that new, are: robotic dexterity, new-wave nuclear power, predicting preemies, gut probe in a pill, custom cancer vaccines, the cow-free burger, carbon dioxide catcher, an ECG on your wrist, sanitation without sewers, and smooth-talking AI assistants. (Source: MIT Tech Review)

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  • Arthur Scriven

    The secret of creativity is multitasking in slow-motion.

  • Paul Jackson

    I can totally unleash my creativity in school oh wait I forgot I am restricted from even going to the toilet if I don't raise my hands.

  • Sam Martin

    Creativity is substitute to Philosophy, creation is the art piece and elements of creation are science

  • Kevin Horgan

    Very interesting

  • Lee Roberts

    Being creative and innovative is key in building your own brand.

  • Samantha Bowen

    There is always a dark side for everything

  • Judith Cantrell

    I am interested in the call for 'thinking slow' referenced above. I use a training activity with groups that they struggle with, I believe, due to difficulty in switching from fast to slow thinking, and back again. I'd be grateful if you could send me more details of the reference HT Mint - I'm hoping it might help with developing thinking 'gear change' skill tips. Thank you.

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Dr. Pavan Soni

Innovation Expert

Dr. Pavan is an Innovation Evangelist by profession and a teacher by passion. He is the founder of Inflexion Point, a strategy and innovation consulting. Apart from being an Adjunct Faculty at IIM Bangalore, Pavan has consulted with leading organizations on innovation and creativity, including 3M, Amazon, BCG, Deloitte, Flipkart, Honeywell, and Samsung, amongst others. Pavan was the only Indian to be shortlisted for the prestigious 'FT & McKinsey Bracken Bower Award for the Best Business Book of the Year 2016'. He has also been invited four times to speak at the TEDx. For his work on innovation, Pavan bagged the prestigious ‘On the Job Achiever’ Award at Lakshya in 2007 at NITIE Mumbai. Pavan works closely with CII, Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce, European Business Group, FICCI, Karnataka Knowledge Commission, NHRD, and World Trade Centre, towards shaping their innovation activities. Pavan is a mentor for NSRCEL at IIM Bangalore, Founder Institute, Institute of Product Leadership, Brainstars, Budli, HackerEarth, and UpGrad, and is on advisory board for VC firm- Utilis Capital. Pavan is also a columnist at YourStory, Entrepreneur India, Inc 42, and People Matters. He is a Gold Medalist from MBM Engineering College Jodhpur, and did his PGDIE from NITIE Mumbai. Pavan finished his Doctoral Studies from IIM Bangalore in the domain of innovation management. More on his work is available at

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