Innovation & Creativity
being open to and actively pursuing novel ideas and new approaches
People with this competence
- Seek out fresh ideas from a wide variety of sources
- Are open to and consider new and original solutions to problems
- Ask lots of questions to generate new ideas; encourage others to brainstorm & think out loud
- Take fresh perspectives and risks in their thinking
- Question accepted practices, patterns and assumptions
- Strive to find new ways of doing things; strive to see things newly; are curious
- Are flexible and adaptable; view “failure” as “feedback” (“well, that’s one idea that doesn’t work; let’s try something else”) and don’t beat themselves up about it
People lacking this competency
- Worry and become anxious when they have to shift priorities or deal with change
- Respond negatively to new situations and complain
- Are inflexible in how they see things
- Are hesitant to take on new challenges
- Can’t change track when confronted with changing circumstances
- Call on all your thinking capacity for generating ideas – feelings, hunches, intuition – the opposite of creativity is strict cognitive thinking
- Use all your senses and brainstorm, generate lots of ideas, options and possibilities when approaching a challenge; don’t edit your ideas or censor yourself
- Ask yourself “what if” questions
- Take time off – we can’t be creative when we are exhausted by too many demands
- Clear your space and declutter – this enhances creativity
- Cultivate an attitude of curiosity in all things; if something strikes a spark of interest, follow it
- Explore your polarity – that is, explore the opposite (e., if you’re an extrovert, learn to experience the world as an introvert; if you’re analytical, tap into and trust your intuition)
- Allow yourself to be surprised by something every day
Tips for Creativity and Innovation
First off, you ARE creative. Everyone is innately creative. Sometimes things just get in the way of our being creative – like work, others’ expectations of us, deadlines, meetings, appointments, clutter, exhaustion.
Here are some tips for bringing back your inborn creativity and becoming more innovative in your daily life:
- Design an environment that promotes creativity.
- Know your biorhythms.
- Experiment with different creative techniques, tools, methods, processes, and use the ones that work
- Practice curiosity throughout each day
Allow yourself to be surprised every day (or seek to surprise someone else). Keep a log of what surprised you throughout the week (or how you surprised others). If something strikes a spark of interest, learn more about it. Follow and pursue it.
Schedule creative expeditions for yourself each week, and protect this sacred time
- Journal your time
- Tame your inner critic
- Free up some uncommitted time to experience novelty
- Overcome obstacles, blocks and hindrances to creativity.
- Center yourself for creativity.