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Wherefore Art Though Creativity?

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Thursday, March 20, 2008
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Are your teams coming up with the same old tired solutions to new problems?  Do they drag their feet when a decision has to be made?  Is there a definitive lack of new product or service ideas that will affect the bottom line in the coming months? 

Instead of replacing employees or placing pressure on teams to come up with new ideas, consider training your people on how to tap into their innate creativity. 

Here are a few, pardon the pun, creative ideas you can use to get your staff moving in the right direction.

1.    Bring in a creativity coach to work with the team to teach them new ways of thinking.

2.    Hire a local artist to bring in supplies and spend the afternoon creating and working on a piece of art while employees watch.  Have the artist discuss their thinking process.

3.    Have someone come in and teach your staff to meditate and ask them to spend some time meditating every day.

4.    Put teams in a room with poster board taped on every piece of reachable wall.  Hand them colored crayons and markers and ask them to brainstorm ideas for products for services… no matter how silly their ideas might be.

5.    Hand out beautiful, personalized company journals to employees and ask them to write down any and all ideas they have throughout the workday and bring the journals to read out loud at brainstorming meetings.

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Since beginning her consulting and training practice in 1980, Eileen has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion. Long-standing clients and repeat engagements attest to her commitment to make a difference in minds, hearts and spirits of organizations and individuals. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine selected her as one of the top 100 thought leaders in leadership and among the top ten consultant providers of leadership development.

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