Unlocking Creativity: Are These Creativity-Inhibiting Mindsets Holding You Back?

Leading Blog

I N AN IBM global survey of CEOs, the overwhelming consensus was that more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision, successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity. In a world where we must adapt or die, we need creative solutions. In struggling to generate a sufficient number of creative ideas, we typically blame the number of creative individuals in our organization or hierarchy and bureaucracy.

7 Ways to Encourage Creative Thinking in Your Team

Let's Grow Leaders

It Takes Clarity and Curiosity to Encourage Creative Thinking Businesses around the world face a changing normal, where it’s hard to say what things will look like in one year, much less six months from now. The post 7 Ways to Encourage Creative Thinking in Your Team appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. courageous cultures creativity innovation leadership management

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Creativity: An Undervalued Leadership Skill

Lead Change Blog

but how often do we describe leaders as creative? Creativity and Leadership. Although not often associated with leadership, creativity is a trait that modern leaders want to harness, as it is vitally important. Since creativity is the driving force behind innovative products, services, and businesses, it is an excellent idea for leaders in all positions and industries to apply creativity to sharpening the imagination. Creativity Killers.

Influencing Creativity and Innovation

Aspire-CS

So what is your role in influencing creativity and innovation in others? We know it isn’t enough to simply add creativity to a list of values your organization espouses or to bring in consultants who get staff keyed up about innovating. Tolerate risk: Many leaders say they want creativity and innovation in their organizations, but they have a low tolerance for risk. Innovative ideas tend to require more risk than “more of the same”.

12 Keys To Dauntless Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Aiming to jump start innovation in your organization? Innovation is a necessity, a way of life for mountaineers. Climbers plan meticulously then innovate their way through unexpected challenges to reach a summit. Using the innovation skills honed as mountaineers, a group of Everest avalanche survivors recently set their sights on a new “mountain”—helping Nepal get back on its feet. Pursuit of personal comfort is a second enemy of innovation.

12 Keys To Dauntless Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Aiming to jump start innovation in your organization? Innovation is a necessity, a way of life for mountaineers. Climbers plan meticulously then innovate their way through unexpected challenges to reach a summit. Using the innovation skills honed as mountaineers, a group of Everest avalanche survivors recently set their sights on a new “mountain”—helping Nepal get back on its feet. Pursuit of personal comfort is a second enemy of innovation.

How Good Leadership Can Impact Employees’ Innovative Behavior

Leading Blog

There’s increasing pressure on organizations to be more competitive, and leaders need to have the right skills to influence employees’ innovative behavior. Besides helping them better handle workplace-related challenges, leaders evoke innovation and creativity and inspire them to reach their full potential. To encourage employees to become more innovative, leaders need to pay attention to a number of issues. Creativity & Innovation

How Big Companies Can (and do) Innovate Like a Start-Up

Leading Blog

T HE INNOVATION WE PRIZE at successful start-ups is a mindset that is brought into the start-up and not necessarily the inherent quality of every start-up. Innovation isn’t something that just happens; we create the conditions for it. Big organizations can innovate like small start-ups. While organizational size complicates innovation, “scale if properly exploited could actually be an advantage, not a liability, for innovation.” Creating an Innovation Strategy.

Leading Views: Entrepreneurs Are the Heroes of Creative Destruction

Leading Blog

In this chronological account beginning with the American Revolution, the genius of America’s innovative success is not only its tolerance of but also its penchant for creative destruction. The authors talk not only of the familiar product innovation but also America’s process innovationinnovation in management and organizing production. Entrepreneurs drawn from every level of society are the primary drivers of this creative destruction.

Creative People Must Be Stopped

Leading Blog

Mostly people say they want big, new, creative ideas. They act like creative people must be stopped. We both lead and manage innovation, says Owens. Think of the process of innovation as simply a set of steps that will need to be accomplished in order to get from the stage of identifying a problem all the way through to implementing a solution. Creativity & InnovationBut when you come up with one, they seem to go out of their way to kill it.

How to Challenge Confident Creatives

Leadership Freak

Dear Dan, I manage a large team of creatives who range from 20 to 70 years of age. Part of my… Continue reading → Curiosity Feedback Innovation Culture Growth Leadership DevelopmentThis post is over 300 words! I fall in the earlier category.

How to Build a Culture of Deep Creativity

Skip Prichard

Build A Culture of Innovation. Innovation. The buzz word of the decade that is used, overused, and abused, creating what Alf Rehn calls “innovation fatigue.” I had the opportunity to speak with Alf about his new book Innovation for The Fatigued: How to build a culture of deep creativity. Alf is Professor of Innovation, Design and Management at the University of Southern Denmark. The Symptoms of Innovation Fatigue .

Innovation Requires Structure

Kevin Eikenberry

This is the third Wednesday in a row I’ve written about innovation. Ask most people what they think about when they consider creativity and innovation, and most likely [.]. Creativity Innovation Leadership Learning Manage Projects Personal Development Idea problem solving Because it is important to us, personally and professionally. Today’s title might have you scratching your head, which is fine with me. Read on. .

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #14 – Matthew E. May On How To Encourage Creativity & Innovation

Tanveer Naseer

In today’s increasingly competitive, global market, it’s understandable why so many leaders are trying to figure out how to foster innovation in their organizations. So how is it that some organizations seem to thrive on the cutting edge while others can barely get their innovative initiatives off the ground? That’s the focus of my discussion with one of the world’s top experts on innovation and creativity, Matthew E.

What Kind of Innovator Are You?

Leading Blog

When it comes to innovation, it is no different. Jeff DeGraff writes in The Innovation Code , “ Your dominant worldview is your biggest strength —the quality that makes you stand out from other people.” DeGraff describes four basic worldviews or approaches to innovation : the Artist, the Engineer, the Athlete, and the Sage. The Artist The Artist loves radical innovation. This is the high-risk, high-reward innovation approach.” What kind of innovator are you?

Hacking the Creative Process

Leading Blog

While creativity is associated with artists, creativity is really part of life. Benjamin Franklin put it this way: “To cease to think creatively is but little different from ceasing to live.” You might not think of yourself as being creative, but if you are expected to solve problems, strategize and come up with new ideas, then you are required to be creative. While a designer will solve a problem visually, a manager may solve it by developing a new process.

Expanding Your Creativity

LDRLB

I just released my second PSA with Creative Oklahoma , a nonprofit I work with dedicated to developing creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in my home state and elsewhere in the US. This film covers what I consider to be the most dangerous misunderstanding of creativity: that only a select few are creative. Too often we tell stories of creative insights or creative people as if it’s dependent on some outside force (muses, divinity, etc).

How to Ignite, Scale & Sustain Innovation

Skip Prichard

How to Ignite Innovation. Innovation is one subject that each and every one of us should study because its powerful force is available to us if we know how to tap it. It’s no surprise that Tamara Ghandour’s book interested me because I read all I can about innovation and creativity. Innovation is Everybody’s Business: how to ignite, scale and sustain innovation is written in a way that applies to everyone. Everyone is Innovative .

Leadership and the Innovation Crisis

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Alf Rehn: Some say we live in the golden age of innovation, an age ruled by transformation and revolution. Instead, I would argue that we live in the age of innovation crisis. A crisis where there has never been more talk about innovation – there’s no end to the books, blogs, LinkedIn-groups and Instagram-feeds dedicated to the same – yet we still struggle to solve some of the basic problems in society. This doesn’t mean innovation is dead.

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How you can encourage creativity in your team

Aspire-CS

Creativity makes your business go ‘round! As a leader it’s important to encourage your team and others around you to innovate. Despite those who claim they aren’t creative, its one of those things called “latent potential” that can be coaxed out of almost anyone. So, when someone tells you they aren’t creative, don’t buy their story. Here are some ways that you can help: Encourage them when they take initiative to innovate. creativity

How Innovative Trailblazers are Transforming Business

Skip Prichard

That’s what Brand Positive co-founder Sean Pillot de Chencey teaches in his book Influencers & Revolutionaries: How Innovative Trailblazers, Trends and Catalysts Are Transforming Businesses. “Insight + Ideas + Impact = Innovation.” What’s your definition of innovation?

Partnership: A Crucible for Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Realizing the path to innovation would require revolutionary new thinking; all three leaders grasped that it would also take a new way of coalescing and harnessing talent. Reading Collective Genius , The Innovators , Creativity, Inc. and The Google Guys yields a strong confirmation that the pursuit of innovation might require a partnership approach, not a traditional teamwork style. Sourcing Innovation Collaboratively. Luca de Meo at Volkswagen AG did it.

Blocks to Creativity and Innovation. Tools to Release Creativity and Innovation

Mike Cardus

Blocks to Creativity and Innovation. Tools to Release Creativity and Innovation from Michael Cardus. Fix-it in a way improves upon what already exists and can prove useful to people besides yourself – that is how I define Innovation. Innovation is a repeatable system-that-drives behavior in people, that are goal driven (by a Manager, themselves, or a customer), to fix an existing problem OR to fix an hypothesized future problem.

How to Build a Team of Innovators

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Chuck Swoboda : As increasing competition, new technologies and evolving customer expectations continue to disrupt nearly every industry, business leaders are turning to innovation as a way to keep their companies relevant. The standard solution is to create teams that focus explicitly on innovation. Most of these teams struggle to innovate, often delivering incremental improvements at best. Simply telling a team to focus on innovation won’t suffice.

Take the Creative Risk

LDRLB

I just finished working on a PSA with Creative Oklahoma, an awesome non-profit dedicated to developing creativity and innovation in my home state. The film below considers the risks involved in letting people be creative but asserts that those risks are necessary if you’re trying to lead innovation. He speaks, consults and serves on the faculty of management at Oral Roberts University’s College of Business.

Leaders, Want To Master Innovation? Then Get Funny!

Tanveer Naseer

Discoveries in this field have demonstrated that humor, laughter and fun releases physical and cognitive tension, which can lead to perceptual flexibility—a required component of creativity, ideation, and problem solving. So to get the most out of innovation processes such as design thinking, truly creative leaders also need to master the social dynamics of… [wait for the punchline}…humor! 2008) How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity.

73 Creative Job Titles in Corporate America

HR Digest

A job title says a lot about a person, his creativity, and his attitude towards the job. In the present world of fierce competition for jobs and employment opportunities, creative job titles go a long way to attract the attention of employers and companies. Playful and creative job titles are opted by leading companies and organizations to make their workplace and the jobs more enjoyable. Most Creative Job Titles Ever (They’re also meaningless).

Avoid These Mistakes If You Want to Lead Innovative Teams

Lead Change Blog

Dye President at Trailblaze, Inc David works with leaders, managers, and supervisors who want to get more done, build teams that care, and achieve results. Leadership Development creativity experimentation Innovation Problem Solving risk Posted in Leadership Development Note: This post is adapted from my new book The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say. If you’d like practical leadership tools with immediate results, it’s available now at Amazon.

Innovative Leaders

Coaching Tip

The essence of creativity lies not in finding the right answers, but in asking the right questions. OUT THINK: How to innovate Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes" by G. Shawn Hunter provides a step-by-step outline for how executives can achieve this stage of creativity by shedding outmoded management and organizational biases. Being in a state of flow leads to finding more creative solutions.". The Innovative Leader "Out Thinks".

Different Ways to Promote Creativity in the Workplace

Strategy Driven

However, there are many other valuable traits that employees can bring to the office and that managers should embrace. One of the most underrated features that you should promote in your workplace is creativity. Creativity can have a multitude of benefits for you and your workers, such as increased output and a higher sense of enthusiasm. Here are some simple but effective ways to foster creativity among your employees.

How to Think Differently to Drive Results–Creativity and Innovation Learning Series

Mike Cardus

I am really excited and proud to be offering this Design & Innovation thinking series of workshop through Canisius Colleges’ Center for Professional Development. A highly interactive skills course transferring creative ideas into innovative practices. "How to Think Differently to Drive Results" is a four-day program that provides participants with a toolbox of methods and skills for creativity and innovation that are instantly transferable to their work.

Corporate Innovation Through Daring Personal Disruption

Lead Change Blog

Johnson shares this insightful S-curve derived from research on innovation. People, projects and organizations could be in one of three phases on this learning-innovation curve. For organizations, it’s time to keep looking for innovations or they will be stuck at a plateau. At the top of the curve, you encounter the innovator’s dilemma. They know they have to be agile, more responsive to change, innovative. There is no innovation without personal disruption.

Learn How to Be More Creative in Any Field and in Life

Strategy Driven

Just as IQ is an indication of your share of intelligence and EQ connotes your share of empathy, it is also possible to have a share of creativity, or CQ. A creativity quotient is not fixed. Anyone in any field—farming, law, plumbing, architecture, perfumery, real estate, medicine, education, and technology, to name a few—can learn to be more creative and apply creativity to be more successful in their work.

061: The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Leaders Generate Great Ideas | with David Burkus

Engaging Leader

Creativity is the starting point for all innovation, and most organizations rely on innovation to create a competitive advantage. Innovation is necessary for the successful development and implementation of new programs or better products. Because of this, leaders of organizations in all industries are asking more questions about creativity. Innovation is necessary for the successful development and implementation of new programs or better products.

Structuring Creativity

LDRLB

Just having inordinate amounts of talent and diversity does not guarantee innovation in any way. Leaders must find ways to harness and funnel the creative dissonance into something productive. Many leaders seem to recruit people just like themselves, because it is much simpler to manage like-minded people. This conflict, if funneled effectively, can be the spark of innovation. If s/he is unable to do that, creatively formed disasters will remain on the horizon.

When Innovation Talk Turns Toxic

thoughtLEADERS, LLC

Innovation thrives on meaning, but superficial innovation talk can lead to stress and fatigue, and thus less creativity, in a company culture. Today’s post is by Alf Rehn, author of Innovation for the Fatigued (CLICK HERE to get your copy). What we still tend to miss is that sometimes, the talk can actually hinder the walk, and in my research I’ve found that this holds particularly true in the field of corporate innovation.

The Single Best Thing You Can Do to Be More Creative

Next Level Blog

Do you think you’re creative? Are you a font of innovation and new ideas? If your answer is no or I don’t know, there’s a single best thing you can do to be more creative. In a recent conversation I had with David Burkus, assistant professor of management at Oral Roberts University and author of the new book, The Myths of Creativity, he made the point that most creative ideas come through combining pre-existing ideas.

Can creativity be organized?

Bernd Geropp

Each individual employee can be creative, and therefore represents an important creative potential for his company. Recognizing creativity. Creativity cannot be regimented. Creativity cannot flourish in such an environment. ” The management culture is the key. Most people are driven by an inner motivation and creativity, provided they work in an environment that appreciates and promotes creativity. An investment in creativity.

Creative Conversations: Boosting Creativity in Meetings

Michael Lee Stallard

Michael Lee Stallard Insights on Leadership and Employee Engagement Home About Hire to Speak Press Kit Creative Conversations: Boosting Creativity in Meetings Published by Michael Lee Stallard on June 14, 2010 04:50 am under E Pluribus Partners , connection culture , employee engagement , knowledge flow How do you boost creativity in meetings? Here are few ways to structure a meeting and create a safe environment so that creativity will be maximized: 1.

0805 | Why Creativity Gets Rejected…And How To Accept It with Jennifer Mueller

LDRLB

Jennifer earned her PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology at Brandeis University, and has been on the faculty of many top business schools including the Wharton School, Yale School of Management and NYU’s Stern School of Business. She published the paper, “ The Bias Against Creativity ,” which went viral and was downloaded over 65,000 times—receiving more than 100 media mentions. How to Make a Creative Change. Creative Change: Why We Resist It.

Take the Creative Risk

LDRLB

I just finished working on a PSA with Creative Oklahoma, an awesome non-profit dedicated to developing creativity and innovation in my home state. The film below considers the risks involved in letting people be creative but asserts that those risks are necessary if you’re trying to lead innovation. [ He speaks, consults and serves on the faculty of management at Oral Roberts University’s College of Business.

Daniel Pink on Creativity

CEO Blog

If the job involved any thinking or creativity, it does not work. Constraints kill creativity. The creativity is "no longer that of the artist". True creativity: The ability to give someone something they did not know they were missing. The irony is "management" often gets in the way by over-controlling. Good management is about high standards, fairness and autonomy. For todays challenges and for true innovation, think autonomy, mastery and purpose."

10 Practices That Drive Innovation

LDRLB

Innovation means more than just new products or services. It means improving the process of creating those products, or selling them, or experiencing them, or even improving the ways we manage the people who do all of the above. Perhaps my favorite definition of innovation is Scott Berkun’s : “Innovation is significant positive change.”. Promote Innovation as an Organizational Value. Include Innovation as a Leadership Development Competency.