Michelle James : Culture of Creativity
Culture of Creativity
8 Practices to establish a creative working culture and get the ball rolling.
By Michelle James
If you are leading or managing a work team tasked with "being creative" the following are a few practices you can use to establish a creative working culture and get the ball rolling:
- Try out and then modify; explore; test in reality. Act on gut feelings even if uncertain where it will lead. Start something, then use real-time feedback to create what's next.
- Anticipate natural resistance to new ideas as normal the contraction found when anything new is about to emerge and work through discomfort. Become aware of how it surfaces.
- Encourage exploration of ideas; expand on them; diverge and converge; use various creativity techniques for the whole brain. Allow the ideas time to generate other ideas.
- Commit time for regular, real-time imagination/innovation sessions. Clearly understand deadlines and projects, but leave room to maneuver within them.
- Allow time to be in uncertainty, and let the process incubate, before rushing to solutions. I call this time "emergence time" when the parts have space to unexpectedly come together as evolved and often expanded outcomes.
- Look inward (at inspiration and intuition) as well as in the external environment for answers.
- Take risks and use mistakes. Avoid neither, and keep in mind a mistake is often a risk that did not pan out the way you hoped. See it as an invitation, letting it lead you to other ideas.
- Use the "Yes and" way of co-creating. Learn from other's ideas; accept them; build on them. •
© 2008 Michelle James. All rights reserved.
Michelle James, CEO of the Center for Creative Emergence, is a creativity catalyst, consultant and coach to individuals and organizations. More