Getting creative in the workplace

Congratulations to Christopher Hibbert for winning our ‘’Getting creative in the workplace’ month long challenge.

He created a ‘Task Priority Matrix’ and a ‘Impact Priority Matrix’ which will be useful tools on a particularly busy day or when you want to work out which tasks will bring the most value to the company or when implementing change.

Why not take on the challenge in your office!

1. The Creative Frame of Mind

Often the only difference between creative and uncreative people is self-perception.

Being creative may just be a matter of setting aside the time needed to take a step back and allow yourself to ask yourself if there is a better way of doing something. Edward de Bono calls this a 'Creative Pause'. He suggests that this should be a short break of maybe only 30 seconds, but that this should be a habitual part of thinking. This needs self-discipline, as it is easy to forget.

Another important attitude-shift is to view problems as opportunities for improvement. While this is something of a cliché, it is true. Whenever you solve a problem, you have a better product or service to offer afterwards.

2. Using Creativity

Creativity is sterile if action does not follow from it. Ideas must be evaluated, improved, polished and marketed before they have any value. Other sections of Mind Tools lay out the evaluation, analysis and planning tools needed to do this. They also explain the time and stress management techniques you will need when your creative ideas take off.

(Source: Mind Tools)

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