My podcasts are intended to provide a guide to using Innovation and Creative Thinking in organisations of all types and sizes from Micro Enterprises to large conglomerates, private sector, public sector or not for profit. There is something for everyone here. Listeners will be introduced to a range of ideas that fall under the umbrella of Innovation and Creativity but which can help with real business issues. The topics covered will help you solve problems, generate ideas, make decisions, formulate business strategy and engage the stakeholders of your business.
How Creativity Can Help Your Business
If you embrace the idea of creativity then as an employer you can get something else. And it is entirely for free, increased intrinsic motivation. Create the right conditions for yourself and others to be creative (at the appropriate time of course), and put in place the mechanisms to allow such behaviour. Consequently, employees and colleagues will automatically be given a greater degree of freedom and trust. In turn, this will be rewarded by increased eﬀort or output. Now you have a better business and employees who will ‘go the extra mile’ for you without being coerced! If you want to know a little more then why not read this article What Is Creativity?
Podcast – Using negativity, making use of the Mood Hoovers
Mood Hoovers. Do you have some of those negative people in your business who just suck the life out of you? If you are self employed maybe you are surrounded by some. What do you do about them? Find out how using negativity can improve your business.
Exploring The Givens
Exploring the givens is something we need to do in order to challenge those things that sit in the background and quietly undermine us.
Whether at home or at work, we tend to focus on things around us that are changing, or that are connected to our own actions, because that is where much of the information that matters to us tends to be located. Life is much simpler if we ﬁlter out things that appear to be unchanging or irrelevant. Occasionally we must explore the givens.
But when the 'stable, irrelevant background' contains important information, this simpliﬁcation breaks down. Many 'problems' become 'problematic' because the background contained potentially important information we did not notice until it was too late.
Creativity Is There Already, Nurture It
Creativity is there already. This is about valuing the creative potential in all of us, and trying to create room for it to ﬂourish. Each of us has the ability to be creative, even if this only exists in small amounts. Such skills can be enhanced and ampliﬁed by employing the relevant tools and techniques.
Using negativity, especially within the workplace, is something you should try to do.
There are creative techniques that embrace negativity. In this podcast I describe one technique that you can use either on your own or with a group of people. If you have any negative people around you then they can help you greatly without actually realising it.
Learn To Value Play
As young children we play without thinking about what we are doing. Sticks become spears and swords and cardboard boxes make great castles. These, and other methods of play allow us to experience the real world but in a non-threatening way. Also we engage our imagination without the presence of the artiﬁcial barriers or ﬁlters that adults tend to employ. As adults we call this prototyping but we tend to forget the importance. We must value play more.