Many of us get confused between Creativity and innovation, many times we misunderstand their meaning.So if you think you are clear on both the terms then I would say check yourself again because here I am going to share lots of things which might make you change your view on these terms.
The meaning of both is so close yet so diverse.Many people take them as same but they are not.There is a fine line separating the two.In this article, we will see how they differ ,what are meaning of both the terms and some other related information.So I would suggest you to read every single line of the article slowly and steadily,believe me it is very interesting.
There are a lot of definitions and sayings but nothing is common everybody have different perception on both the words.So now let’s first understand each of the terms separately so that you can understand more clearly.
There are end number of definitions of creativity from different sources.But all have some different story.Lets see what are some sources saying on creativity-
“Creativity is the ability to generate innovative ideas and manifest them from thought into reality. The process involves original thinking and then producing.”
“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.”
Robert E. Franken, Human Motivation
“Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.”
Likewise there are many different definition you can find.But the interesting thing if you have noticed among the above three is that meaning and perception are very different from one another.
According to me,
creativity is an ability to imagine new ideas from pre-exiting things.Ideas that are something out of the box,different from others and unique.
Innovation is the development of new customers value through solutions that meet new needs, inarticulate needs, or old customer and market needs in new ways.
The American heritage dictionary -
“The act of introducing something new”
According to me, innovation is implementation of creative ideas into action which produce something new.
But don’t you think they are same thing.There are many discussion on their meanings as they quite similar and people misinterpret there meaning.Now lets check the difference between them.
Lets understand with an example for explaining both creativity and innovation-
In my apartment ,everybody complains that the lift take so much of time to move.I was continuously listening this formany days.
One day my neighbour uncle was complaining the incharge to check out for technical errors in the lift or else change the lift.
After he went I told our apartment incharge to put a mirror in the lift.
He asked what will happen, I said just do it and see.
For his surprise when he put that mirror there was no complains whole day.
He asked me why they are not complaining today.
I answered that generally people don’t see there watch if they have mirror infront of them.
So what do you think this idea is something creative?Its implication provided some useful thing.Thinking that this can be a solution was creativity and applying that creativity into reality was innovation.
This was totally my perception on both the terms.You may not agree with me on this or may be some might do, as I said there are lots of definitions and sayings on these two terms,nothing is right or wrong .Everybody have there own perception .So now its your turn to give your views what you think on both the terms.Please give your views with some example that would be interesting.If you have some experience that explains the topic or have read somewhere than please share with us.