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Inc.com: 25 ways to be more creative

According to Keith Sawyer, the School of Education's Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, everyone can be more creative by taking eight incremental steps. His path of creativity is a process that can be practiced.

Sawyer is the author of the new book "Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity." Inc.com shared some of what Sawyer described in his book.

Inc.com said:

"The book is a gem, chock full of fascinating findings from research studies and a deep well of tactics that will get you thinking differently. In fact, Sawyer advocates what is likely a radical shift in mindset for most people. Coming up with good ideas isn't something we leave until there's a pressing need. Rather, it's is a skill that can be practiced daily to solve life's problems as well as discover its opportunities."

Sawyer, a research psychologist, joined Carolina's School of Education this year, coming from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He studies creativity, innovation and learning, with a focus on collaborating groups and teams.

His research is aimed at answering such questions as: Which teams are more creative? What team processes result in greater creativity? Which groups are more likely to contribute to more effective learning?

In his current research, Sawyer is studying how teaching and learning are organized in professional schools of art and design, with the goal of identifying features that can be used to design more effective learning environments.

The Inc.com article is available here.