Good article, Ben. There's a few things I'd like to respond to on it. First, I tend to be the type who doesn't give myself my time to consider solutions. I'm working on that.
One thing I've noticed is that sometimes when working on a problem, if I'm hammering away at it for a long time and come up with nothing, that stepping away from it helps me to solve the problem. In fact, I've seen this quite often. Related to this is the fact that some companies just want you to sit in your seat until you come up with a solution. I've worked for such and it came be frustrating when no lights are going off and you know you just can't generate insight.
Second , I've read of some startups that get very creative about being creative. Such as sometimes a manager will come up to someone and ask them to come up with a story on the spot. That helps people to learn how to become more creative by coming up with some story in an ad hoc fashion. (They don't do this frequently, of course.)
Kindest Regards, Rod Connect with me on LinkedIn.