Creativity used to be a term reserved for alternative professions and hobbies. Today, it is being embraced in offices around the world with some of the top companies cultivating it from within.
According to a report by Hongkiat, Google is a strong supporter of creativity in the workplace, creating a “20%” program that gives its developers permission to spend 20% of their work hours on a creative project of their own. This way of thinking has caught on and has made its way into many workplaces, giving companies new ideas and strategies to grow their business.
Below, 15 members of Forbes Coaches Council share the one way that leaders unknowingly weaken their team’s creativity and how they can instead encourage it. Here is what they recommend:
1. Remove Your Limits
I’m amazed at how many leaders invest large amounts of money and time to kick off new initiatives but then tell everyone all the limits they have to get it done. Next time, surround the team with what they need and get out of the way. Creativity is organic. – Christopher Williams,High Level Wisdom for New Generation Leaders
2. Let Them Test Their Wings
To learn to fly we have to test our wings, and that can mean being given the chance to test and try things, within reason. Like any parent watching their babies fly for the first time, some guidance must be given to avoid death (and disaster). But the truth is in the workplace, you either let them try to express their creativity or you will kill their drive and desire to contribute. – Laura DeCarlo, Career Directors International
3. Don’t Worry About “How”
Leaders unknowingly weaken their team’s creativity by focusing too early on implementation. The fastest way to kill the creative process is by requiring your team to produce tactical solutions in tandem with creative ideas. This not only stifles the creative flow but also shifts the work environment into a “produce while editing” mindset, which results in a diminished individual contribution. – Lisa Guice, Lisa Guice Global-Vision, LLC