Thursday, February 14, 2019

Creativity and Love: Which Activities Creative People Love to Do

It is important to build a creative workplace which stimulates passion, encourages insightful cognitions, and inspire learning.

Digital is the age of innovation. Creativity becomes the #1 wanted professional quality, and innovation is the core activity of human evolution to changing the environment for reaching the next stage of collective progress. Take the standpoint that creativity has its starting point within an individual, and add a dose of the “love” theme into it: Which activities creative people love to do and how does creativity manifest itself?

Love the clash of ideas, loosen up: Creative people love fresh thinking, they aren't afraid to turn things inside out, look at them from underneath, break them down into bits and pieces, paint them purple and orange, or shove bit A into bit B. They love to look at things from a different angle for capturing the non-conventional point of view until the new form emerges. Usually, creative thinking is not the kind of linear thought process, it’s not the kind of thinking that got you into whatever mess you are in the first place, it’s not for perpetuating the status quo, and it’s not predicated on following a mechanic methodology. Creatives love the clash of ideas, mess up or loosen up. From an innovation management perspective, today’s workplace is the mixed bag of old and new, order and chaos. Command and control style of management, overly rigid hierarchy, static or negative culture, silo processes and systems, and unchanging people, all become the very obstacles which discourage creativity, stop the digital flow, and stifle innovation.

Love learning and change: Creative people have intellectual curiosity, love to learn and change, so they can have interdisciplinary dots to connect for stimulating creativity. To be creative, you need to be curious about things that surround you. To be conscious is to be aware and engaged with both the inner world of thought, feeling and the exterior world of experience, knowledge, and relationship. In essence, creativity and real change deprogram old mindsets, let go of outdated concept or the voices from the past, keep the mind fresh with updated knowledge and novel ideas. People love changes and innovating only if they are pioneers in introducing the ideas or changes and always look forward to something different and new, thus, constantly on learning graph. Innovations and changes that deliver improvements in their lives (both work and personal) are easier to embrace and love. Collectively, make sure the working environment encourages collaborative thinking, develop creative teams with cognitive differences and diverse experiences to expand thinking spectrum and spur creative ideas effortlessly. Digital professionals today have to learn and relearn all the time, then apply that knowledge and lessons to succeed in new situations, to connect wider dots for innovating.

Love being wrong, embrace failures, but fail fast and fail forward: Creative people love debating, feel comfortable with creative tension, even love being wrong, and embrace failures. Passion fuels creativity, conflict can stimulate creativity, and failure nurtures creativity. Creativity requires a certain tolerance for and acceptance of failure and learn from it, which is more than just risk tolerance, it’s courage. Creative people are more insightful; without insight, the likelihood of the same situation repeating itself again in the future is higher. From an innovation management perspective, rapid innovation cycles help organizations select or discard concepts, and when selected, convert ideas into innovative solutions quickly. It’s about how to strike the right balance of having enough failures and cultivating a creative environment that encourages learning from failure quickly and cheaply, without having failures that are too frequent or too expensive, to improve innovative capacity and competency.

It is important to build a creative workplace which stimulates passion, encourages insightful cognitions, and inspire learning. In an ideal digital working environment, self-motivated leaders, teams, and employees have the passion for challenging themselves, advancing their thinking abilities and professional competencies, making things happen, fueling creativity, catalyzing changes, and discovering the innovative way to do things. By practicing these activities, creativity becomes a habit and differentiated competency.


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