Use Creativity to Build Your Team and Increase Respect in the Workplace
If you want to implement a few new ideas to increase respect in the workplace…YOU are at the right place!
These tips have been tested in my workshops and are easy to use.
In today’s economy many companies are afraid of creativity. Some leaders simply want to sustain the organization and don’t want to waste time or money by following an untested new idea.
Employees, too, are fearful of creativity. They know jobs are scarce and don’t want to risk losing theirs because of a backfired creative “brainstorm.”
What these companies and employees need to understand, however, is that during challenging economic times is when organizations need
creativity the most. In fact, the companies and employees who are creative in a down economy will fare much better than those who are
afraid to rock the boat.
You may say, “Joyce, I’ve heard all of these tips before.” I would then ask you, “Are you implementing all of these ideas?”
I find that at times we ALL need “gentle reminders” of the basics to move forward.
Remember…YOU get what YOU tolerate!
If you want your team to thrive, you must encourage creativity.
The following tips will help overcome any creativity fears.
Don’t be afraid of the word creativity.
Being creative does not mean coming up with an idea that’s bigger than life or that will go down in the history books as the greatest innovation of all time.
Creativity does not have to be profound. In fact, it’s often the little things that have the greatest impact.
Creativity means looking for a second right answer.
Being creative simply means being open to new ideas. It’s about getting the “junk” out of your mind and making space for “what if” thinking: “What if”
- We could shorten delivery times by 3 days?
- We could expand into new markets?
- We could cut production costs by 30%?
When you allow yourself to dream about the possibilities, creativity is the natural outcome.
Creativity is about letting go.
Status quo is the kiss of death for most organizations. When you’re creative, you have the confidence to let go of old ideas that may have worked in the past but that have no bearing now. You can see the current situation in a new light and can acknowledge that new times call for new ideas.
Creativity enables you to learn from mistakes.
Rather than let mistakes reaffirm your belief in doing things “the same old way,” see it as a learning opportunity. See what new actions you can take to improve future projects. Also, use your new knowledge to examine what the competition is doing and see how you can tweak it.
Only you can give yourself permission to be creative.
No one – not your organization, not your company’s culture, not your boss, and not your co-workers – can hinder your creativity.
Creativity comes from within. Once you give yourself permission to be creative, nothing can stop the ideas from coming.
The Creative Approach to Long-Term Success
When people are creative, innovation occurs. Teams who are innovative stand out and get noticed because of the results they’re
able to achieve. So if you want your company and your team to excel during these economic times, bring creativity into the mix.
Let go, and allow everyone to open up to the possibilities that exist.
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Until next time,
This is Joyce Weiss and REMEMBER…You Get What YOU Tolerate!
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