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今日推荐英文原文：《5 Ways to Develop Team Creativity》作者：The Heart Warsaw
5 Ways to Develop Team Creativity
Sophia Loren once said, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
It is not just individuals, but also teams, that have the potential to age and even slip into irrelevance. It is quiet, it is subtle, but one day they wake up realizing they have lost touch and can’t keep up with an ever changing world. Tapping into creativity is the key that keeps your team competitive and young, no matter the age, in a market that is a constant battlefield fighting to stay relevant.
Inspired by a conversation with Per Kristiansen of LEGO Serious Play, here are 5 suggestions for you and your team to develop more creativity.
- Understand that everyone has creativity
There is something that has been placed into humanity that longs to create. It is the reason we dream, the reason we stare in awe at sunset or look for hours at an endless ocean. It is what makes us appreciate music, a beautiful painting or a good book. Even though we may not be able to reproduce these things, there is something that draws us to them. This is common in every person and when we look at the similarities that bond us, we know, that everyone has, locked within them, this little thing called creativity.
There needs to be a mindset shift. Many people have the world divided into two groups: those who are creative and those who are not. Understanding that creativity rests inside of every person, allows you as a leader to see, not only yourself, but also your team as an incredible source of creative potential.
2. Remember that everyone wants to use their creativity
When we recognize that we all have creativity, the next step is remember that everyone wants to use it. Because creativity is unique in every person, and the way in which they look at the world is unique, everyone will have new and different ways of creative expression. Perhaps you have a solution to a problem, and perhaps it is a good solution. If, however, you want to develop team creativity, why not allow them to come up with the answer instead? It very well may be different than yours, but, by remembering that your team wants to use their creativity, they will both feel empowered and have an opportunity to contribute. There is nothing more stifling for a team than having the longing to be creative, but never having the opportunity to do it. As a leader, look for and encourage opportunities for your team.
3. Engage Your Hands
Much of business has become head focused. It is about information — gaining it and giving it. If we are to tap into our own source of creativity, as well as the sources of our team, a great way to do this is by engaging the hands, not just the head. There is something magical that happens when hands move. In order to develop creativity on a personal level, consider taking up a hobby such as gardening, woodwork or cooking.
On a team level, consider adding physical elements to problem solving. Per Kristiansen has helped countless teams and organizations solve problems by first getting their hands moving. With a pile of LEGO bricks and a simple command such as, “With these bricks build your perfect client.”, teams begin moving pieces, thinking about colors, stacking, unstacking and releasing their collective creativity. Before long they have created what is most important to them and can describe in great detail what they have created and why. Next time, instead of just thinking about the solution, get some LEGO bricks and build the solution.
4. Give space for creativity
Many times leaders do not give space for their teams to be creative. Creativity isn’t something that can be forced during a 30 minute lunch break. It takes time to open up and produce something inspiring and we can’t do that if our lives have no margin. If you want to develop team creativity, make sure that you give them the margin and space in their lives to think and act creatively.
Time isn’t the only issue that needs to be considered when it comes to space. This can also be the literal, physical surroundings you are in. If you and your team are in an office that smothers creativity, consider solving problems in an outside location. There are some very unique spaces that are designed to help teams tap into their creativity and inspire them to think differently.
Giving space, both in the margins of life and in the surroundings, is one of the most important principles for developing your creative genius.
Per Kristiansen mentioned, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” If you are going to develop creativity, you will most effectively develop it in the context of play. It is when our minds are free to experiment, free to learn, free to enjoy and laugh that some of our best ideas and insights come. Using a simulation games workshop instead of a lecture based conference has helped countless organizations and teams create and connect more.
There are many great ways to help develop creativity, and these five are simply suggestions that have worked for many teams and individuals. If you and your team can “learn to tap this source”, and “bring creativity to your life and the lives of those you love”, you will have found that fountain of youth. What is more, in an intense market, you will find that you never slip into irrelevance and maybe you will just have a little more fun along the way!