Interactive Tests

Consider the following statements and click if you feel they apply to you.  

1. Will try to seek help from others around me

That is good: most of us cannot solve all of our own problems.

2. Look to see whether there are any answers in the books I have

That is a very good and quick place to begin. (The internet is equivalent of course.)

3. Will try and try and try to fix it

If we become used to solving things on our own, then we might find we have a problem when we need to admit that we cannot do so. It also takes a lot longer and often is more frustrating to try to fix something that we cannot in the end deal with. More than one television comedy has been written around this theme.

4. Will wait until the problem has passed

This is not good: problems will typically become worse before they improve. They rarely pass completely.

5. Will ask someone else to solve the problem for me

If we cannot solve the issue, then there is little wrong in asking someone else to do it. (It is considerably better than believing we are able to do so, and making big mistakes as we do this.)

6. Will try to find a parallel situation which helps me find a solution

A parallel situation is one that has similarities with the present situation. It is a good idea, as long as we are aware of the differences between the various situations, and can adjust any solution adopted elsewhere appropriately. 

7. Will look to see what others do

Learning from others is a good thing to do sometimes – as long as they have more expertise than we do, of course, and as long as the problem they are solving is similar to ours. 

8. Adopt a very structured and analytic approach to solving the problem

This works well for problems that we have experienced before, though less well for novel or unstructured problems.

9. Watch how others have solved similar problems

Learning from others is a good thing to do sometimes – as long as they have more expertise than we do, of course, and as long as the problem they are solving is similar to ours.

10. Work on the problem for hours and hours to show how committed I am to finding a solution

It is great to show commitment, but if that commitment is unnecessary, then many might think this is not a clever idea. There are usually quicker ways of solving a problem.

11. Try to use my understanding of relationships between relevant concepts to build up solutions

Creativity is largely about using the relationships between different concepts and ideas to see how those relationships can be redesigned, so understanding those relationships (and using that understanding) is going to be very helpful.

12. Am sure that I can develop a solution

OK, but do not be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes the expertise is easy to find.

13. Am able to evaluate potential solutions recommended by others

That is good – it implies a sense of teamwork.

14. Feel comfortable accepting untested ideas from others

A good position to be in. However, you need to ensure that you manage risk when dealing with untested ideas.

15. Enjoy doing new things without being able to fully evaluate their impact

The impact of a project can be immediate, or short term or much longer term, but sometimes we will have no idea what the future impact of a project will be. If you enjoy this, then you are more likely to support longer-term innovations.