There’s no doubt that individuals and organisations are desperately in need of creativity and innovation for self-improvement in order to remain cutting edge in the current competitive marketplace.
As any organisation is the sum of its individuals, people are the first focal point that must have the full attention in order to enhance their knowledge, skills, and ability to harness the positive results sought.
In this article, I will highlight how it is possible to feed the workplace culture to support and encourage creative thinking through various methods.
The first issue about creativity is the acceptance in the workplace of the concept of change and how it is crucial for future existence and sustainable survival. Creativity is linked with attitude – the mindset to accept new things and changes, and the willingness to play with new ideas. A creative person views things from different angles.
From my own experience, I believe there are five main attitudes and traits that people must have in order to be described as creative thinkers:
1) Curiosity: Creative people are curious to know new things. For them, knowledge is enjoyable, and useful in strange and unexpected ways. These people are always curious to know ‘why’.
2) Challenge: Creative people are ready to take risks and challenge the assumptions behind ideas, proposals, problems, and beliefs.
3) Good in bad: Creative thinkers, when faced with poor solutions, don’t cast them away. Instead, they ask: “What’s good about it?” This is because there may be something useful even in the worst ideas or situations.
4) Constructive discontent: It is necessary for creative problem solvers because if one is happy with whatever one has, then there will be no requirement for change. They have the perception that the more problems they find, the more solutions and improvements they will make, and that even previously solved problem can be solved in a better way.
5) Enjoying the victory: Creative people see problems as interesting challenges worth tackling and feel the self-actualization once they demonstrate and provide a solution that no-one else could have
It’s inevitable that there will be many organisations that are intentionally or unintentionally resisting creative thinking in one way or another.
On the other hand, there are many organisations that push and even force their people to work on themselves to provide innovative ideas and put them into action.