Congratulations to "Distinguished Professor" Gerard Puccio
High Honors for FourSight Founder Gerard Puccio PhD
State University of New York announces award this month
Gerard Puccio, PhD, founder of FourSight and creator of the FourSight Thinking Profile assessment and developer of the FourSight theory, received high honors this month when the Board of Trustees at the State University of New York (SUNY) appointed him "Distinguished Professor."
The SUNY “Distinguished Professor” appointment is a high honor, given only to faculty who have achieved prominence in their field through significant contributions to research and scholarship. Since 1963, when SUNY first conferred the title of "Distinguished Professor," fewer than 500 faculty have achieved this rank.
For Puccio, the honor of "Distinguished Professor" is well deserved. For 20 years, Puccio has been the chair of the Creativity and Change Leadership Department at SUNY Buffalo State College, and director of the International Center for Studies in Creativity, achieving international prominence as a creativity scholar, with 8 books, 19 chapters, and 26 refereed journal articles. He has worked with more than 100 organizations across the globe. The Teaching Company, publishers of the Great Courses series, named him “One of America’s Great Lecturers.”
Puccio developed the FourSight assessment in the 1990s and has been expanding FourSight research and theory ever since, reaching hundreds of thousands of people outside of academia with insights into their own creativity.
At FourSight, we’re grateful that one of Puccio’s many strengths is translating complex research into usable insights that transform the way people think, create and solve problems together.
Warmest congratulations, Gerard!
An interview with Gerard Puccio— What are ideas? And where do they come from?
Ideas are the source of solutions, innovations and breakthroughs. But what are ideas exactly? In this interview from the FourSight archives, we asked Gerard Puccio PhD, author of “Creative Leadership” and the “FourSight® Thinking Profile” and chair of the oldest Master of Science program in Creativity, to illuminate what ideas are and where they come from.
So, what is an idea?
GP: An idea is our imagination’s way of responding to a gap. A gap might be created by a question that doesn’t have an answer or a problem that doesn’t have a solution. We bridge the gap by forming a new association or connection. That’s an idea. People often confuse ideas with solutions. In my opinion, a solution is an idea that has already undergone the process of being evaluated, refined, and developed so you’re very close to bringing it to the world. An idea, by contrast, is closer to the wellspring of imagination. In the overall process, it is closer to the initial insight – the ‘aha’ moment.
Where do they come from?
GP: We find ideas by looking for them. While it’s true that people occasionally stumble on a new idea, most ideas come in response to a need. It could be the need for a new product, business or opportunity. When our mind identifies that gap, our imagination starts working to create an association that will bridge it. The more we fuel our minds with rich stimuli, such as new knowledge, ideas, concepts, theories, images and experience, the more effective we become at making associations that bridge gaps.
How do we become better at having ideas?
GP: We can train our imagination. Exercising our imagination is just like developing any other ability. We may come into the world with some set point, but through sheer practice we can become more skillful at producing new ideas and concepts. There is a myth that developing our own creativity is impossible, so many people don’t try. But there are a few effective strategies and methods that can really increase your output.
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