The Best Handful of Tips 88 – Encourage Creativity:
Creativity requires the freedom to doubt the worth of cherished practices. Rules, red tape and legislation are the enemies of creativity.
Creative people often see familiar things as old-fashioned and out-of-date and want to create something new and worth-while.
The only thing constant these days is change and creative people can play major role. New ideas are the life blood of thriving organisations.
Leaders cannot order people to be creative , but they can provide conditions and encouragement where creativity can flourish.
The five best tips to stimulate creativity
Provide working conditions where creativity can flourish
Encourage workers to think about the future. Train people in innovation techniques. Use brain-storming, mind-mapping and listing and other techniques when planning activities.
Foster co-operation and aim for a friendly, progressive stress-free workplace.
Let workers have the freedom to question traditional practices
Good communication systems and honest feedback allow people to feel free to express opinions and suggest alternatives.
Aim to make tomorrow’s effort better than today’s
Question every task and evaluate it.
“Why do we do things this way?” “Is there a better way?” “How can we do better next time?”
The freedom to make mistakes, without blame, encourages creativity.
Encourage creativity by letting people make mistakes, without blame. Accept the fact that there will be mistakes. Treat mistakes as lessons learned. Workers should not be afraid to fail.
Do not criticise unless mistakes are made too frequently.
Challenge people to solve specific problems and reward them for innovative ideas
Be supportive. Let them know you appreciate their curiosity, imagination and creativity. Reward them well for successful ideas.
Creativity varies inversely to the number of people involved in decision making. Don’t have too many bosses.
“Building a creative climate will ensure tomorrow is better than today.”
SOURCE: “Secrets for New Managers” Moss Associates Ltd and Cengage Learning Asia. (A decade of articles from “Today’s Manager” the official bi-monthly publication of the Singapore Institute of Management.) Also available as an e-book from Amazon.com and VitalSource.