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I probably agree
with your Creativity Comment
09/01 that creativity capability, in the sense of an absolute
measurement, is not truly measurable, but there is a very
accurate, globally validated tool that measures one style of
creativity. It's the Kirton KAI (stands for Kirton
Adaptive-Innovative) instrument that has thirty-three questions,
and can be completed in around 15 minutes. Michael Kirton is a
renowned British industrial psychologist.
KAI measures whether one is an adaptive or innovative
problem solver. A group of random individuals tested with KAI
exhibit a bell-shaped curve with one end being adaptive, following
known solutions, and the other end being innovative, people who
look for entirely new solutions.
Both styles can produce large quantities of ideas.
KAI is not as well known as Meyers Briggs (which measures
one's social interactive style), but it measures something just as
important, i.e., how we relate to problems.
I have used the KAI instrument as part of innovation
consulting sessions as well as a part of my TRIZ problem-solving
sessions and found it to be a very effective addition to an
innovation session, as well as to make people aware of different