By now it’s commonly known, but not necessarily by everyone. A study several years ago found that 98 percent of five-year-oldthe path to innovation and success lies with a more youthful workforce? Not so fast. It turns out that while children can be wildly creative, adults take a more studied approach. Where youth may present a broad rangs tested as highly creative. By the time they had reached the ripe old age of 25, only two percent tested as being highly creative. Such a result might generate suspicious glances around the office at those silver-haired folk. Cue up John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change.” Could it be that e of ideas that are ultimately impractical, adults look at what’s viable. Experience may be a creativity killer but youthfulness is not always useful. Still, all is not so cut and dried as it may seem.
Adults in a group tend to focus on not wanting to look stupid in front of others. As a result their passion for new ideas is stifled by practical considerations and worry about how others would respond. They hold back and may never say what’s on their minds. Ultimately, the best brain storming sessions may be those that equally recognize the creative enthusiasm of youth with the process and problem-solving experience of those who have been around. But in the case of the best toys, kids should totally rule. Well, maybe adults should make sure they’re safe – and that they have the right batteries. Oh, and fix them when they’re broken.
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