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Micro Steps to Creative (and Productive) Teams

Small steps that can take forming and performing to the next level of creativity.

Karen Sieczka

on 12 December 2013

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Transcript of Micro Steps to Creative (and Productive) Teams

Questions or comments now?

Questions or comments later?
Email Karen at: growinggr8ideas@gmail.com Questions? "It’s not about breaking the rules. It is about abandoning the concept of rules altogether."
-- Paul Lemberg More Final Thoughts… "Don’t worry, be crappy. “Revolutionary” means you ship and then test… Lots of things made the first Mac in 1984 a piece of crap – but it was a revolutionary piece of crap." --Guy Kawasaki Final Thoughts… More ideas:
To further the discussion, a work team can spend up to 30 minutes coming up with an alternate way to do _____________process that is work- related.
Could also ask: when is a pen not really a pen? Bowl, blanket, drinking glass? Let’s get creative! Divergence Exercise:
Let’s get creative! Gee, Gramps, I never thought of using
an iPad this way… Divergent or Convergent? Aka Synthetic,
left brain thinking
Borrow ideas from across industries & other places Divergent Thinking What do get if you halve 20?
2 0 Or… 2
0 To converge or diverge? What do get if you halve 20? To converge or diverge? WHAT IS BRAINSTORMING? Creative & Collaborative Let's take
Micro Steps Creativity is
Freedom to Ask "Think about creativity simply as a motivated attempt to do something better than what is done now." --Fernando Cardoso de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Association for Creativity and Innovation Performing
Let’s Get Creative Take the time for
Teambuilding Basics Idea –
Create an FVC Getting to know you
Team role definition Guidelines –
Discuss and decide: Who does what? Getting to know you
Team role definition Other ideas for getting to know the team:
Likes/dislikes/pet peeves in the workplace
Best/worst job
Add your own ideas! Getting To Know You
Exercise: Getting to know you Teambuilding Basics
Getting to know you Teambuilding Basics If we could only read each other’s minds… "Without engagement there is no creativity and innovation…"
--Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Or is the team engaged? Is the team pulling apart… Old style
Performing Teambuilding Basics "The best ideas and thinking comes when team members are excited about what they are doing and are challenged to their limits."

–Kaye and Crowell in CLO Magazine September 2012 "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
-- Albert Einstein Why are we building teams the same old ways? Introduction How would a doctor use a blanket? An auto mechanic? A priest? A criminal? A dog? A child?
The more ideas to start with, the more choices that may work! Let’s get creative! Brainstorm ideas…
Then narrow choices
to fit situation First diverge, then converge Aka Right brain thinking
Standard, known solutions Convergent Thinking LET’S UPDATE OUR THINKING PROCESSES Creative & Collaborative Questions? Getting to know you
Team role definition 1. What is your favorite food?
2. Who is favorite singer or band?
3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would your winnings allow you to do?
4. In what city were you born?
5. What is the most unusual or interesting
fact about you? Getting To Know You New style
Getting to know you (forming)
Getting creative in our thinking (performing) Old style
Performing Teambuilding Basics Let’s try something different… With Karen Sieczka
Growing Great Ideas.com Micro-steps for building creative teams Or... 20 Teambuilding Basics
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