4 Pillars of Entrepreneurial Creativity

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Vadim Kotelnikov

By: Vadim Kotelnikov

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Entrepreneurial Creativity

A Synergistic Combination of Your Four Capabilities

  1. Creative thinking skills: thinking outside the box; lateral thinking; inventive thinking; asking searching questions; creative problem solving

  2. Cross-functional expertise: systems thinking; building synergies

  3. Motivation: Internal motivation (fun-driven creativity) and external motivation (creativity under the gun)

  4. Entrepreneurial action: entrepreneurial skills, achievement management



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Entrepreneurial Creativity

The Tao of Entrepreneurial Creativity

Be Different and Make a Difference

4 Questions To Ask Yourself

COCA Principle of Achievement


6 Barriers To Creative Thinking and Innovation

Creative Thinking Tips

Creative Problem Solving (CPS)

Challenging Assumptions

Thinking Outside-the-Box


Do What You Love To Do and Make a Difference

Would-Be Entrepreneur

Discovering Opportunities

Searching for Opportunities

7 Sources of Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Turning Your Passion Into a Great Business

Successful people win because they love what they do. All of them have a very strong desire to succeed. They have passion for their field, their business.


Great business requires heart and dedication. If you think your passion or hobby has potential as a business, ask yourself, "Is this something I really enjoy doing and can sustain? What is it about my offerings that are unique or hard to find? Is this something people really want?  How could I find it out?"

The Power of Your Cross-Functional Expertise

Your mind can accept only those ideas that have a frame of reference with your existing knowledge. It rejects everything else. If your knowledge is functionally focused, you'll be open to new ideas related to your functional expertise only and will miss all other learning and innovation opportunities.

If you develop a broad cross-functional expertise, no new idea will be wasted. It will immediately connect with the existing knowledge and will inspire  you, energize you, and encourage your entrepreneurial creativity. The broader your net, the more fish you can catch... More

Take a Different View

It was by taking a different view of a traditional business that major innovations were achieved. To find a better creative solution to the current practice, force yourself to reframe the problem, to break down its components and assemble them in a different way.

 Case in Point  Coco Chanel

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different,” said Coco Chanel, a pioneering French couturier and the Founder of Chanel Inc.

“People laughed at the way I dressed, but that was the secret of my success: I didn’t look like anyone.”... More

Ask Searching Questions

Don't ask one or two questions and then rush straight towards a solution. With an incomplete understanding of the problem it is very easy to jump to wrong conclusions.

Ask open-ended questions that elicit a wide rage of answers:

  • 'Why' questions  to discover the roots of the problem

  • 'How' questions to discover different routes to significant improvement... More

Take Action

Action is the key to your success. Most of the problems in life stem from one cause: we can't get ourselves to take action. It's not that we don't know what to do. The problem is getting ourselves to follow through and do it.

Success isn't determined by genetics. It's about persistent, consistent action.

Action is the key. You can be the most talented person in the world or have the best ideas, yet still if you do not take action you will achieve nothing.

Having dreams and passion is not enough. If you wish to achieve something, don't let life just "happen" to you. Set goals and take action... More

Don\'t Quit, Keep Going

The law of inertia says that "a body at rest tends to remain at rest or a body in motion tends to remain in motion." See the problem as a growth opportunity. A tiny actions can when taken in a negative situation may result in your greatest growth.

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