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Fifteen Minute Fridays episode #31 with Nina Meehan

Are you brimming with potential creativity, yet find it stifled by a lingering belief that you’re not creative? This self-imposed limitation can often hinder our exploration of fresh ideas and innovative solutions. By challenging these restrictive beliefs and embracing the boundless landscape of ideas, we can enhance our creative prowess.

One powerful way to augment creativity is through divergent thinking. This concept revolves around generating a multitude of ideas or solutions for a single problem rather than settling for just one. Embracing divergent thinking illuminates a path scattered with possibilities and options, shifting our focus from problems to potential solutions.

Regular practice of divergent thinking can cultivate a more creative and open-minded approach to problem-solving. Join host Ben Albert in a riveting conversation with Nina Meehan, a renowned global creativity & innovation expert. Nina shares her journey into creative thinking and offers strategies to bolster creativity, leading us to think beyond the ordinary. Dive into the episode for a fresh perspective on creativity!

Quote Of The Day:  

“The slotted spoon can catch the potato.” ~Stephen Sondheim


[01:50] A quick bio of our guest; Nina Meehan

[04:03] Quote of the day: “The slotted spoon can catch the potato.” ~Stephen Sondheim

[04:50] What today’s quote reminds us

[04:37] Example of divergent thinking in a business context 

[07:44] How Nina Meehan became a creative thinker 

[10:27] Ways to improve your creativity 

[15:55] How to connect with Nina Meehan




[17:00] What is divergent thinking?

[17:20] Integration assignment

Key Takeaways: 

  • “The slotted spoon can catch the potato.” ~Stephen Sondheim [04:03]
  • When we embrace divergent thinking, we suddenly see possibilities and options instead of problems. [05:07]
  • We are all born as creative individuals [08:43]
  • “Nothing kills creativity and innovation in the workforce faster than an environment that is forcing people to get something right.”~ Nina Meehan  [09:15]
  • “You cannot be innovative without taking a risk.”~ Nina Meehan [11:47
  • “The number one indicator of a person who has creative potential and creative thinking at their fingertips is somebody who has divergent thinking and openness to new ideas.” ~ Nina Meehan [18:09]

Integration Assignment:  

Take 3 minutes and find a random object in your house and list ten ways you can use that object that is not how that object was intended.

People Mentioned and Other Resources:

  1. Stephen Sondheim;

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