I hate to say it, but chances are you’re not living up to your creative potential. Now I’m sure that seems pretty harsh, just hold those tomatoes and I’ll explain.
If you could have an extra eyeball anywhere on your body, where would you put it?
If you said on the back of your head or neck, then you are suffering from the same lack of creativity that most of us are affected by. Ask this same question to a bunch of untarnished little kids, and you’ll hear more thoughtful and creative answers; for example, the tip of your finger which would allow you to see more than what’s behind you.
We are being programmed to lose creativity as we progress in our lives. Most of us follow paths that tend to be “by the book,” whether in schools or workplaces, and we’re pressured to be more productive than creative. Couple that with our tendencies to focus on success and the general fear of failure, and we are in one heck of a creativity crisis.
So we know there’s a problem, what do we do? Here are some tips I picked up last week at the IBM Impact session Facing a Crisis of Creativity:
We are only human. Shake those thoughts that you should be able to fix or know everything. Be ready to make mistakes and try out new ideas or you’ll never be original. Tap into the collective knowledge of people to help answer questions you may not have the answer to.
Find out where you are most creative and spend time working there. Use social tools that enable you [and your employees] to work from locations that spark creativity and may be outside of the traditional office.
Make time for time. If you spend 90% of your time in meetings that aren’t helping your creativity, spend less time in meetings. More importantly, take time off to recharge! One great aspect about being an IBMer, is that I know I can spend some time offline without the business shutting down. If a colleague has an urgent question or request, they can post it to my profile allowing one of the other 400K+ IBMers on Connections a chance to respond before I even sign back in.
Connect with others, because uncoordinated connections can lead to open communications and knowledge accidents. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “two heads are better than one.”
Harbor creativity in your workplace by making sure employees are collaborating. IBM Connections lets colleagues answer questions, step in when they can, share expertise, and bring new ideas to the table. It offers a way for new employees to collaborate with executives and sparks conversations that may not have occurred before.
Let’s get connected and work toward a world of individuals who are passionate about creative thinking and see what we can accomplish!