The enterprising ingredient of creativity

Support your young person improve their creativity to help with enterprising thinking

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Being enterprising combines a mix of different skills, a positive mindset and a lot of perseverance to bring about change. People who are enterprising approach challenges in a positive way and have the skills to take a solution forward. Successfully setting up a business is perhaps what first comes to mind, but it is also possible to be enterprising within the workplace, community, inside and outside of education. The benefits of being enterprising are far reaching and can set someone up for life.

This activity focuses on the enterprising ingredient of creativity and will takes 35-40 minutes, you can either complete it with your young person or they can use the accompanying worksheets as an independent learning activity. It will support your young person in understanding how to come up with creative ideas helping to drive forward enterprising projects.

Before carrying out this activity it may be helpful for your young person to gain an introduction to what it means to be enterprising, the various skills involved it’s benefits by watching this online lesson.

Step one: Get inspired to have a creative idea

Start by watching this film with your young person which tells two young peoples’ enterprise stories and the journeys they went on to make their business ideas a reality.

Julius and Lucy show how being enterprising involved bringing together a combination of skills. Using the diagram below, ask your young person to highlight how Lucy and Julius used some of the different skills listed, they can use worksheet one to jot down answers. For example, Lucy uses the skills of creativity in her role as a designer and communication to let consumers know that their orders would take a while to be fulfilled. Julius observed an issue that needed solving in his university town and used problem-solving skills to fix it, showing resilience when things didn’t go right at first.  


Step two: Looking at things differently

Creativity is a core transferable skill and is the foundation of being enterprising. Even if your young person doesn’t want to start their own business in the future, explain that the benefits of creativity and being enterprising are far reaching and can help within education, in the workplace and personally.

Outline that creative ideas can arise when we look at things differently. Spend a few minutes discussing one of the below ‘what if’ questions, what it would mean for everyone and how would this affect the world around us? It doesn’t matter how outlandish or fantastic their ideas are. For example, if they choose the pair of wings statement, answers might include there would be less pollution from cars and planes, we would all save money on travel, we could fly to places we’ve always wanted to go, we could all design how our wings would look like etc. Worksheet 2 can be used to write down ideas.

  1. What if we all had a pair of wings?
  2. What if we all had to find a new way to travel long distances?
  3. What if we all had to find a new way to communicate?
  4. What if animals could talk?

Next encourage your young person to think about how creativity can be useful in a range of jobs, like logistics and administration roles, not just more stereotypically creative jobs like designers and architects

Continuing to practise creative thinking can help your young  approach challenges, perhaps at school or a part time job, in a more original and flexible way in the future, helping them develop enterprising skills.  

Step three: Idea generation

Now, work with your young person to apply their creativity to coming up with an idea for a product or service that could be a new opportunity or solve an existing problem. Their idea could be something that applies at home, school, in the community or be a business idea. For some inspiration, read through this article with your young person about three inventive individuals who thought outside the box to come up with new ideas to bring value to their workplace.

Ask your young person to use these steps to help generate their ideas, using worksheet three to collate them:

  1. Time themselves and spend two minutes writing down all ideas on worksheet three – encourage them to use what they’ve just learnt about how creativity can help an enterprising mindset by being as bold and inventive as they can
  2. After the two minutes are up, they should choose one of their ideas and think about what they would need to develop it into a reality. It might be helpful for them to change their perspective and imagine themselves as someone else who this idea would benefit, this could be someone from a different age group or even a famous or influential individual/how that person might develop this idea? Or, pick a particular problem the idea may face and come up with as many different solutions to it as they can to overcome this

If your young person is struggling to think of something, they could think about the below ideas and what problems they could help solve:

If your young person needs inspiration for an idea they could use on of the below:

  1. Ways to help remote working for school, in day-to-day life or at work
  2. Something that encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses

Explain that creative ideas can be formed with others, and below are some further techniques to develop them  in a group:

  1. Each member has one minute to think of quickfire suggestions individually and share with the group for them to build upon these
  2. From a hat, each member picks a piece of paper with the name of a famous person and must channel that person when putting ideas forward

To finish this activity, encourage your young person to reflect on what they’ve learnt about the enterprising ingredient of creative thinking by sharing the top tips they would give to someone else to help them be more creative. These could include:

  1. Stay positive – keep a positive attitude and be encouraging of others involved in the process too e.g. when working on a group project
  2. Keep an open mind – don’t be afraid to try new approaches. Taking the easy route is not always the best, push yourself to be brave
  3. Look for opportunities to be creative – the more you practise, the easier it will become
  4. No idea is a bad idea – even if an idea seems silly, it may lead to or help you develop better ones