Bruce Nussbaum, professor of Innovation and Design at Parsons The New School of Design in New York City, thinks there are characteristics we can look for in people with high creative intelligence. CQ v IQ? It’s a question that sparked Nussbaum to write the book Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect and Inspire.
What interested me was his assessment of creative competencies. A lot of what he refers to is the ability of people to recognise patterns and understand needs. It’s about being able to connect the dots. Knowing what is meaningful to people. Seeking ways to improve their lives through the skills at their disposal. Nussbaum also highlights the importance of self-awareness. Not just understanding our specific skill-sets, but looking at how we can re-frame them to work in multiple scenarios.