Have you ever been frustrated by feedback that’s too specific? We've all had colleagues, clients or managers who get too attached to a specific idea and lose sight of the goal. The button needs to be blue, the educational game for 6-8 year olds needs to have boss battles like the ones in God of War, the logo needs an representative illustration of a winged wolf (because it represents both independence and a commitment to the pack) flying around the sun (because, like Icarus, our best ideas can be the death of us) and it should reproduce well at a range of sizes while appealing equally across genders.
Generally information is the thing that feeds creativity but too much of it (or the fixation on details) can produces obstacles.
You can’t rely on others to provide enabling information
Don’t blame others for not communicating well. Help the people around you be helpful. Become an alchemist. It’s up to you to get information that you can use and to shift conversation from details to goals. You can try training everyone to give better feedback but I suggest investing in your own interviewing skills so you can extract useful information from anyone, anywhere and at any time. It's a portable skill that will work in all of your relationships.
When the feedback receiving isn't helpful try digging for more information. I like to use the 5 Whys. It's a good strategy for asking judgement-free questions that reveal the goal without challenging the other person's authority. Sometimes I'll even preface the questions with something like. "I want to better understand your goals. Mind if I ask some questions?" What client would say no to that?
Negotiate space for creativity
Once you've converted detailed feedback into something more goal-oriented you're ready to ask your manager/client/stakeholder whether they're open to other solutions that address their goals. At this point you've helped them articulate their values/needs and the act of telling you what's important will help them realize there might be other solutions.
At this point in the process I'll ask for some space, "Now that I know your goals, do you mind if I explore other options?"
Will this always result in more creative freedom? Maybe not 100% of the time but it's more likely you'll get what you need than stewing in silence at your desk and wrestling with that winged wolf logo. Oh, by the way, the client just called and they want the logo to have a script font.