How can you measure the impact of teaching creative thinking? It's a challenge. Plenty of research shows the positive impact it has on individuals, but little research exists on the impact creativity training has on organizations, particularly on their top line growth. That changed in 2015, when a FourSight-based creative problem solving training program was identified as the key catalyst in supporting organizational growth.
It began with an unexpected finding...
In 2013, PhD researcher Brett Richards was looking for an organization to try out his new culture survey, which measures an organization's potential for growth. He came to Sheridan College, one of Canada's largest educational institutions. Sheridan was at the beginning of a big push to become a campus known for creativity. They took an interest in Richards' survey and had 77 administrators, professional staff members, and faculty to take it. Then Richards took his assessment on the road, testing its ability to predict growth in divisions of multinationals and companies across the globe. He found that his survey had the ability to predict growth within a few percentage points. The higher the score, the more capacity for growth. When Richards returned to Sheridan less than two years later to run a retest, he was pleasantly surprised to find that the organization had gone up on nearly every scale—particularly in the areas of strategic, innovative, collaborative, and creative mindsets. It was a significant improvement in a relatively short time. Richards was intrigued and decided to dig deeper. He knew of Sheridan's intent to become a "Creative Campus," but would desire alone be enough to impact their scores, and growth potential? With a little sleuthing, he discovered that during the months between the two surveys, Sheridan had offered a series of FourSight-based, creative problem solving workshops on campus. Hundreds of people had participated. Could training in FourSight and creative problem solving have that big an impact on an organization's potential for growth? Richards isolated the course participants results and re-ran the numbers.
“We looked at the differences between those who had participated in the creative problem solving workshops versus those who had not—and the results were just unbelievable,” said Richards. Source:Dr. Brett Richards, PhD, Developer of the Organizational Growth Indicator
Those who took the FourSight-based creative problem solving workshops accounted for the entire increase in scores. Among their greatest gains were the "creative" "innovative" and "collaborative" orientations, as well as the "Imagine" mindset. As for the people who had not received the training, their scores were either flat or dropped.
“We looked at the differences between those who had participated in the creative problem solving workshops versus those who had not—and the results were just unbelievable,” said Richards.
“That was truly a significant finding,” Richards says. In his attempt to pinpoint drivers of growth in organizations, he came upon a training program whose impact was unmistakable. Here was statistical evidence that FourSight-based creative problem solving training has a significant positive influence, not only on the culture of innovation and collaboration in organizations, but also on their potential for future growth. Next month, read the full Sheridan Story.Reported by Peter Haapaniemi based on interviews with Brett Richards, PhD, founder of Connective Intelligence Inc. and developer of the OGI™.
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FourSight Visits DC
FourSight's managing partner Sarah Thurber was honored to present at a recent Creative Problem Solving Symposium at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Thanks goes to the Education Design Lab and Community Matters for hosting a remarkable collection of thought leaders and forwarding the conversation about creativity in education at a national level.
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