No matter how good you are at your job, slumps and dry spells are just part of being in a creative role at work. When it’s your job to constantly think, innovate, and create, there’s just no getting around it—sometimes you hit a creative slump. How you get out of that slump is what matters.
As someone that has worked in innovation for much of their career, witnessing over the past few years how innovation and idea management has moved more centre-stage in the business world has been really gratifying.
Productivity and creativity fuel professionals as they make strides in their field. But small things can chip away at workflow, substantially impacting projects and presentations. Focus is an essential skill to exercise in the office, but it is in jeopardy because of one significant threat—distractions.
The non-duality principle of Zen philosophy suggests a more intensive approach to the dimensions of innovation “space-time.” Business teams should stop following a simple sequential procedure in which new ideas are accepted or rejected almost as soon as they arise. Instead, they should take extra time and create a “learning space” or study environment for all of the new ideas in place of the typical reactive, judgmental, for-or-against decision-making process. Connections between these ideas may lead to further innovation opportunities.
Until 1954 there was only one television channel in the UK. It was the publicly owned BBC. In that year the government auctioned licenses for commercial TV stations. These would be regional operations which could offer advertising on TV for the first time.
Organizations need to invest in the cultivation of capacity for innovation and recognize innovators with varying talent and strengths.
Often managers make two distinct and completely opposite sets of mistakes when they’re tasked with managing highly creative employees. By means of their leadership approach, they either don’t acknowledge the uniqueness of their creative employees or they take the recognition too far and essentially create inappropriate expectations and division within their workplace.
It hurts to fail. The feeling of defeat can make even the hardest of workers feel worthless. It’s hard to face the reality that your work or dreams won’t live up to your expectations, and giving up might seem like the next step. However, failure teaches important lessons, and though it seems contradictory, it can often lead to success. Failure gives you the necessary experience you need to improve, but more importantly, it teaches you to get back up.
For some, problem-solving comes naturally, and others most develop the skill. In any case, there are some careers that are especially suited for people who enjoy managing people, events and things to create positive outcomes. These professionals are highly skilled at using information and knowledge to resolve issues and engineer solutions. Certain fields require just this kind of heightened skill in problem resolution, and they reward professionals who are up for the task handsomely.
In his book, “Messy,” economist Tim Harford argues cogently that we are wrong to strive for order and tidiness because openness, adaptability and creativity are inherently messy. We should appreciate the benefits of untidiness.
Abstract: A perspective of a redesigned, reformed and transformed business design professional. The author shares her journey, experience, progress, and point of view on today's often discussed "design thinking or building a design-led innovation culture."
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Creativity and societal problems have not always been closely associated. In the national dialogue, fixing these problems involves a series of concrete steps—steps designed to create concrete processes and repeatable outcomes.
Having the right people on your start-up’s team – especially in its early days – can mean the difference between unparalleled success and embarrassing failure.
Did you know that you’re multitasking at least several times a day? That’s right! It’s enough if you cook, listen to music, and check your Facebook at the same time. Fortunately, it’s not fatal.