Challenge Assumptions to enable creativity

Enabling Creativity – Challenge Assumptions

I have read a lot lately about the myths of creativity and I would agree with most of these. Teresa Amabile is one researcher whose perspective I highly value and her myths of creativity can be read here.

What I am interested in is how to enable creativity and have put together my non- exhaustive list  which is based upon many years’ experience facilitating creativity. Continue reading “Challenge Assumptions to enable creativity”

The place of space in creativity

ImageI have for some time been reflecting on the importance of space in creativity. This has also been underlined by several recent experiences of working with groups creatively.

For example when facilitating creative problem solving workshops  it is very clear that when people are put into a physical environment which does not allow them space, such as a small room with  a table, or when that space is very practical and worklike, such as a boardroom, there is little creativity happening and people revert to being logical and rational. Continue reading “The place of space in creativity”

The Importance of Play in the Creative Process

The second of my blogs on conditions for creativity will take a look at the importance of play in creativity. In my last blog I referred to the individual conditions for creativity which  Jane Henry, one of the authors of the Open University Business School module, Creativity, Innovation and Change, claims are important as conditions for creativity. Continue reading “The Importance of Play in the Creative Process”

The importance of Positivity in the Creative Process

I have written before about conditions for creativity and recently have revisited this theme. This morning I was reading a blog written on the subject of innovation and its importance for the future

This refers to a study by PwC which found that 78% of CEOs surveyed believe innovation will generate “significant” new revenue and cost reduction opportunities over the next three years. Continue reading “The importance of Positivity in the Creative Process”

Change and the creative process

Some time ago in my working life as an employee I initiated a change process which made excellent use of creative tools. I will come back to this example in future blog.

Since then I have been using creative tools in my work in a variety of contexts as well as teaching them to managers and leaders. I am convinced of the value of using creative thinking tools in order to work through the change process.

So what does this mean? Continue reading “Change and the creative process”

Wicked Problems and Creative Change

Change is a given in organisations and the need for change is recognised when there is a gap between what is desired and what exists. We could refer to this gap as a problem or a series of  issues, sometimes even an opportunity.

In terms of problems there are two ways of looking at these, tame and wicked problems. Tame ones are relatively easy to solve as they are clearly formulated and there is an obvious testable solution. These can be solved using logical, rational menas provided that there is a clarity around the problem definition. Continue reading “Wicked Problems and Creative Change”

Creativity requires a focus on forgiveness and learning from mistakes rather than blame

In some cultures, people are always apologising – often for very little. Sometime apologies are called for and are not forthcoming. What I have been reflecting upon is the link between apologising and forgiveness and what this means in the workplace and in the realm of leadership and creativity.

Forgiveness implies letting go, excusing someone or making a conscious decision to not get angry with someone who has harmed or upset you. Continue reading “Creativity requires a focus on forgiveness and learning from mistakes rather than blame”

Creative leadership and why curiosity need not kill the cat

Leadership and conditions for Creativity

This week I have been developing a workshop around creative problem solving as well as marking assignments for the MBA programme Creativity, Innovation and Change (Open University Business School.)

A set of concepts that I particularly like are the conditions that encourage and discourage creativity, developed by James Adams (1987). Continue reading “Creative leadership and why curiosity need not kill the cat”

Do cultural differences in leadership style influence effectiveness?

Last week I wrote about the French hierarchical style of leadership, and since then I have recently read an article in the Guardian concerning a different style, that of Ban Ki-moon.

I prefer not to comment on the general question of his effectiveness as a UN Secretary General, however it does seem that his Asian style of leadership is judged harshly in the West. Continue reading “Do cultural differences in leadership style influence effectiveness?”

A paradox in France between the concept of democracy and power to the people and the hierarchical management style that so typifies French industry.

Last week was Bastille Day in France and as I listened several times to the words of the Marsaillaise it struck me that there is a real paradox in France between the concept of democracy and power to the people which somehow these words represent and the hierarchical management style that so typifies French industry. Continue reading “A paradox in France between the concept of democracy and power to the people and the hierarchical management style that so typifies French industry.”

Innovation is more about attitude and culture than technology

The Economist recently (June 12th -18th) included an article written by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway. Something that he said resonated with me – that is that ‘Technology is easy to develop, developing a new attitude, moving the culture from one mental model to another, that’s the difficulty’. Continue reading “Innovation is more about attitude and culture than technology”