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Key Issues in Organizational Creativity
Transcript of Key Issues in Organizational Creativity
"The only sustainable competitive advantage for 21st century organizations is embedded creativity leading to innovation..."
Group/Organization: it's culture & process
Are you more/less creative than...
- Process of dealing with complexity by constructing simple models of reality
- Means of reducing decision-making calculations by limiting information, alternatives and focusing on satisficing (accept an option as satisfactory)
- Our "rationality" is bounded/constrained by our experience, culture and environment (people and place)
- Leads us to "business as usual"
Problem: Avoids uncertainty, minimizes information, narrows available options
rich, diverse input & experience
- Streetology (observe)
- Talk to an "alien"
- Take a MOOC
- Random reads
multiple framing & solving strategies
- "How would a" game... (reformulation)
- Draw, paint, dance
- ideate through divergent thinking
- "proper" brainstorming
When I consider all the organizations I have studied and worked with over the past 22 years, there can be no doubt: creativity gets killed much more often than it gets supported. For the most part, this isn’t because managers have a vendetta against creativity. On the contrary, most believe in the value of new and useful ideas. However, creativity is undermined unintentionally every day in work environments that were established—for entirely good reasons—to maximize business imperatives such as coordination, productivity, and control.
- Teresa Amabile ("How to Kill Creativity", HBR 1998)
1) Support & encourage creative attempts
2) Increase member autonomy
3) Open communication & structure(s)
4) Encourage & leverage diversity
5) Study process, reflect, adapt
The use of imaginative skill to transcend the traditional or contemporary to create valuable-meaningful new "stuff"
- Innovation & creativity are interrelated, but different
- Creativity comes first
- Creativity is a skill
- As a skill, it needs practice
- 30 circles
- X uses of...[pen] (divergent thinking)
- "desk, sofa, artillery, psychiatrist,
essay, termite" (word associations)
- Stream of consciousness writing
a) conceptual and practical aspects of leading group creativity
b) to learn creativity experientially
Along the way we will invoke artists and artistic processes
Evaluating creativity 2 innovation
How does Novak (Letonja) lead a creative organization?
March 6th, 2003
Stars & engagement
Fall of humility
Key factors & actions?
Vision - 4 COOL, unique pieces of music
Step 1: Play and explore
Step 2: Create a
Step 3: Create
of how creativity happened
Performances & Debrief
Create a story about tomorrow...