Category Archives: Creativity and innovation

Do you want innovation to proceed? Then pay attention to the people

Imagine your plans are less effective than you anticipated. There’s pressure to perform differently, successfully. Conditions have changed; time now to adapt or innovate.

SoftplaceYou want to overcome obstacles, use creativity, and creative thinking. You want to access imagination, dream up what could be next, chart a different course, engage interested parties, and marshall resources to achieve results.

You want new outcomes, new ideas, new decisions, new actions.

So, what’s the first thing you do? Perhaps go to experts, listen to what they say. Perhaps you survey others to see if they have the same challenge and how they handle it. Perhaps you listen to podcasts about changes and trends that affect how you operate.

You might call together a group of colleagues to brainstorm insights. You could use a design thinking or other creative problem-solving process to uncover missing gaps from which to gain an advantage. You might look for inefficiencies at the macro and micro levels. Whatever your process, you find something that could work. Brava!

Now, what if, after all your effort, your colleagues use critical thinking first, and say the solution won’t work. End of story. Then what? You might feel dejected, sad, hurt. You might decide you haven’t the courage to do it again, to submit new thinking to solve new problems. You might make up a story about why your ideas weren’t accepted, take it personally or blame others. Your behavior might change as a result in ways that impact your overall performance and attitude towards your organization, your boss, your teammates.

Innovation_ConversationWhat if instead, your colleagues respond to new ideas in ways that support your creative thinking? Innovation is really about the people involved and how they work together, with the intended audience. Innovation is about people.

One aspect of World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 is to remember to apply new thinking to new thinking – to discuss and/or hold conversations about new ideas rather than to immediately criticize them.

Here’s a four-step process you can use with colleagues, friends, clients, suppliers, children and other people with whom you regularly interact during WCIW this year. Do this, and you will honor, encourage and help facilitate people’s creative thinking.

You can use the Angel’s Advocate approach:

  1. Affirm first – say what’s good about the idea (even if you don’t like it – stretch your thinking)
  2. Future potentials – say what some positive potentials might be for this idea in the long run (even if you don’t like it – stretch your thinking)
  3. Objections and obstacles – mention your concerns and the idea’s limitations
  4. Strengthen the relationship – in dialogue, talk about ways to overcome concerns, to strengthen or modify the solution, discuss how well this fits the challenge, and/or problem-solve the findings together.

Share how you are contributing to World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, to help acknowledge, support and release creative energy worldwide.

Human creativity cannot be suppressed

Scarcity is attractive.  Research shows imposed limits motivate people to act: consumers are led to purchase using phrases ‘limited time offer’, ‘ first 30 people get a 30% discount’, and ‘only 100 left’ for example. [Other scarcities such as clean water, nourishing food, arable land, honeybees, and so on are also motivating people to take action.]

Creativity is not scarce. It is common. I was quoted once saying, “if you breathe, you create”.  Remove the scarcity of creativity, the common beliefs that some have it, others don’t, or some people are more creative than others, and so on, and creativity may become less attractive.  Except…

Creativity signals a restlessness to improve conditions. To explore, discover, experiment, question.  We create because we are members of the human race, and the human race is filled with passion.

It’s human nature to use the power of imagination to adapt to and initiate change for the better. Once we have the idea,  insight,  framework,  ability to compare what can be with what used to be, we gather with others to innovate; to make it so.

Celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 this year, and every year. Share how you’ll be exercising your passion for new, different, better with the world.


Passion Comment adapted from Dead Poet’s Society:  We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

 

Adobe State of Create Study 2016. More support for #wciw2017 Infographic and highlights

Feel free to use  Adobe’s State of Create 2016 Report findings to fuel your inspiration to celebrate and leverage World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2017.

“With our 2016 State of Create study, we set out to quantify just how much impact creativity has and the results are impressive. Globally, respondents believe that being creative is valuable for society, and it fuels innovation, economic growth, and even happiness. Yet, only three in 10 people feel that they are living up to their creative potential.

So, the question is: why not? Why aren’t we prioritising creativity when we know it’s beneficial? The call to action for all of us is to simply take a step back and create. The bottom line is companies that encourage and empower employees to create are driving results and employees who think creatively are bound to succeed. And for students, it underscores a broader opportunity – not just what, but also how we prepare students for the real world — creativity helps businesses win.”

Mala Sharma, VP & GM of Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community, Adobe

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What’s the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity? #wciwadvice

“What’s the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity?” #wciwadvice

Just off a Skype interview with We Are Unstuck in the UK about creativity in organizations.  Researcher Amy Rainbow’s questions were intriguing; one in particular struck as a fulcrum for learning.  How might you respond?

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http://under30ceo.com/10-practical-ways-widely-creative/

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What’s the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity?” #wciwadvice

Essence of World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21

Original / Short from Vucko on Vimeo.

Creativity is natural. Allow it.
Give creativity time and space. Freedom.
Give it practice.

Creativity means change. Notice what needs changing.
What can you do about it?

Creativity is not about setting standards for comparison;
it is a doorway for
expression,
exploration,
discovery,
curiosity,
focus,
movement,
stillness,
play.

New ideas, new decisions, new actions. New pair of eyes.

Creativity takes courage to separate, if only for a moment, into a world of imagination, and remix, combine, and/or elevate old ideas to new perspectives, new times, new futures.

Practice, learn, experience and grow from
frustration,
confusion,
curiosity,
clarity,
joy,
laughter,
breakthrough,
insight,
aha.

Creativity is natural. Allow it time and space. Freedom.
Keep fresh your capacity to create and innovate.

Celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week.
April 15-21 every year.

Notice what needs changing.
What can you do about it?

List your activity for #WCIW2017.
Inspire the world.

Brewing Innovation at University of Michigan through across campus random coffee meet-ups

Innovate Brew is a first-of-its-kind program that randomly matches U-M faculty for 30-minute coffee meetings once a month to foster more innovative thinking on campus.

So simple an idea.  Perhaps an initiative to begin at your workplace for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21?

 

https://record.umich.edu/articles/random-coffee-meet-ups-spurring-innovation-across-campus

Samsung Implements Flexible Work Hours to Bolster Employee Creativity and Efficiency Just before WCIW

Flexible work schedules have always attracted employees as they can allow them to balance their work and home lives from a schedule that they can create.

Source: www.androidheadlines.com

The new implementation, beginning April 13,  allows much more freedom in coming and going, with a few restrictions, of course – first, the must work at least four hours per day between 6 am and 10 pm – secondly, they must meet a mandatory 40 hours per week.  An official PR person from Samsung said, “The new system that allows more independence and flexibility in choosing working hours is part of Samsung’s continued efforts to help each member work more efficiently and creatively under the slogan ‘Work Smart, Think Hard, Build Trust.’”