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Chapter 8. Stage three: Create > Creative blockage

Creative blockage

Anyone can be creative. It is no different to breathing, eating or drinking in that it is something we do all the time without thinking. People are creative in the way they paint a house, choose a meal in a restaurant or select presents at Christmas. The problem is that when they are placed in a situation where they feel they have to be creative, blocks come into play. These creative blocks are generally self-imposed barriers that can be broken down. The trick is to recognize the blocks and then understand what strategies can be used to overcome them.

There are too many reasons why blocks occur to summarize here. However, it can help to consider creative blockage using the change ladder introduced in the Client section. In simple terms, the act of being creative is one that requires the individual or team to think of something new, essentially to change how they view the world. It can help to focus on the idea of factors that drive personal change rather than creative blocks. When this view is adopted, then it can help to use the change ladder as a framework to understand the creative blocks and how they might be managed.


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