Creativity does not come easily to everyone. But during these dreary days, it may be just the workplace inspiration you and your people need. Let’s talk about how to spark creativity in your business.
Creativity, not predictability, lies behind progress, solutions, innovation, winning, fun, and success. You need it in your business, and you need to stimulate it in your employees or volunteers. It keeps you fresh. It keeps you ahead of other organizations. The winner is usually the one who implements a good idea first.
Where did Picasso put the eyes?
Where did Picasso put the eyes of a person in his paintings? Often, they were off to the side or tilted askew. He probably thought that since everybody put their eyes on the face, why be so predictable? Being creative is being different. And not being afraid of the consequences.
Some people are born creative. They are very curious and interested in their world., so they already know how to spark creativity in business. New ideas stimulate them – they can think them up in a snap. They like to embellish concepts, and they are dramatic storytellers. Every time they tell the story, it gets more and more involved. Their dramatic nature leads them to exaggerate, but you have to admit they’re never boring! They get tired of routines very quickly and need flexibility and change.
None of these traits are difficult to try. And they may help you think outside of the box you’re in sometimes. Think about something in your life or work that you’re not satisfied with. Make a conscious effort to approach it with creativity. At the very least, you’ll enjoy the diversion. Maybe you’ll even create the change you’ve been looking for.
If you always do things the same way, you’ll probably always get the same result. How do you stimulate creativity in yourself and others? Here are some ideas to try today:
- Practice brainstorming on work problems. Go for quantity of ideas, and delay judgments about quality.
- Get used to feeling a little uncomfortable. Cross your arms the opposite way from your usual.
- Approach a task with a playful attitude. How would a child do it?
- Vary a routine you perform every day. Sit on the opposite side of the dinner table.
- Drive a different way to work, home or even lunch. You’ll see different things.
- Reward any effort to try something different. It’s not always easy to be creative.
Creativity will vary your perspective, and you’ll see a whole new world of opportunity.
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