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Nurturing Creativity At Work
Posted: January 01, 2009

Good managers know that creativity is essential for the health and prosperity of the organizations where they work. Therefore, good managers also know that one of their most important responsibilities is to nurture creativity in those who report to them.

There are three keys to nurturing creativity:

  1. Leaders are responsible for the morale of their departments. Always acknowledge the importance of those who report to you and their contributions. All people deserve recognition and approval, and it is a manager’s job to make sure that their employees feel appreciated.
     
  2. Solicit the opinions of all members of your department. Take all suggestions and input seriously. You might be surprised who comes up with the best ideas!
     
  3. Allow for completely open communication. Do not prohibit discussion of certain topics and do not shoot down ideas that seem silly or inappropriate. Do not ignore input that you might view as a negative attitude. If an employee tells you that there is something going on that you didn’t know about, do not ignore the problem and do not write the employee off as being a “whiner”. Oftentimes it is these kinds of conversations that ignite the creativity of the group and can get everyone working toward the right goals. Even an idea that doesn’t seem feasible can get people thinking and coming up with good ideas that ricochet off the original idea.
     

Remember, good managers do not ignore input from anyone. Instead they use input to foster creativity and teamwork.

 

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