Tuesday, February 25, 2014

50 Ways to Increase Organizational Creativity and Innovativeness

On 12manage I found an interesting forum discussion mentioning no less than 50 ways to stimulate employee creativity and innovativeness.
Some of the most interesting suggestions include:

  • Organize training in creativity methods
  • Ask your employees how THEY believe how creativity and innovation can be increased
  • Implement lateral thinking
  • Grant more freedom to employees
  • Creates a safe, fearless and risk-taking environment
  • Do away with a blame culture
  • Institute organizational learning
  • Appoint a central facilitator
  • Avoid rules, regulations and restrictions
  • Stop immediate filtering
  • Give employees time to think and work on their own projects
  • Look for inspiration outside the own company borders

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What is Creativity? Is it an ability, an attitude or a process?

An Ability. A simple definition is that creativity is the ability to imagine or invent something new. As we will see below, creativity is not the ability to create out of nothing (only God can do that), but the ability to generate new ideas by combining, changing, or reapplying existing ideas. Some creative ideas are astonishing and brilliant, while others are just simple, good, practical ideas that no one seems to have thought of yet.

Believe it or not, everyone has substantial creative ability. Just look at how creative children are. In adults, creativity has too often been suppressed through education, but it is still there and can be reawakened. Often all that's needed to be creative is to make a commitment to creativity and to take the time for it.

An Attitude. Creativity is also an attitude: the ability to accept change and newness, a willingness to play with ideas and possibilities, a flexibility of outlook, the habit of enjoying the good, while looking for ways to improve it. We are socialized into accepting only a small number of permitted or normal things, like chocolate-covered strawberries, for example. The creative person realizes that there are other possibilities, like peanut butter and banana sandwiches, or chocolate-covered prunes.

A Process. Creative people work hard and continually to improve ideas and solutions, by making gradual alterations and refinements to their works. Contrary to the mythology surrounding creativity, very, very few works of creative excellence are produced with a single stroke of brilliance or in a frenzy of rapid activity. Much closer to the real truth are the stories of companies who had to take the invention away from the inventor in order to market it because the inventor would have kept on tweaking it and fiddling with it, always trying to make it a little better. Source: Virtual Salt

Thursday, February 07, 2008

This is a new discussion forum on Thinking and Creativity. To join, click the button on the left. Thank you.