A fairly recent study by IBM pointed to creativity as the most important leadership quality for success in business. That’s right. Top banana. Numero uno. Primo. And practicing it daily could easily translate to a gangbuster year for you.
Basically 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries ranked Creativity as second to none when it comes to leadership proficiency. In other words, the big guns are saying creativity is pretty dope and you better learn how to use it, now!
A word that didn’t carry much weight in the past now gets five-star treatment.
You want to know what the silver and bronze winning terms were in the study? “Integrity” and “global thinking.” That’s not bad company, but our friend gets the gold. Creativity IS the big enchilada.
Changing the way you think about creativity and making it part of your daily routine often translates to success in today’s world.
Inventiveness is a critical skill, right?
Good old Ingenuity is ever important, correct?
Imagination often leads to originality, don’t you think?
You down with all that? Well, that’s Creativity in a nutshell.
In today’s world it’s often not enough to be clever or have drive.
And this uncertain and complex economic climate is not changing anytime soon. Those who understand that jumping on board the train of imagination and originality is muy importante are already ahead of the curve, now it’s your turn.
Go ahead, tap that creative noggin of yours.
Why do leaders, business owners and YOU need this?
Small business owners are able to respond pronto with a new course of action, if needed.
A creative YOU can effectively concentrate on changes and look to unconventional solutions in today’s complex environment.
Creativity helps you manage complexity in an ever-changing and sometimes chaotic environment.
And you have the ability to foster that creativity every single day, but where do I start, you say? Well …
1. Let go of the fallacy:
Have you always been told you’re not creative or your a left-brained, boring old sod? You’ve been scarred for life I know, but realize you ARE creative. We all are. The creative monkey is inside you and he wants to get his mojo on.
Creativity doesn’t occur magically, it’s a learned process. I think Tony Schwartz’s description of the four-step process is ingenious. Read this, practice what he preaches, and let go of the fallacy. You are a creative Sensei.
Only certain people are creative. Arggggg! This mentality pervades our culture, but it needs to just go away, now!
2. Incorporate it into your daily routine:
You can cultivate your creative process and develop your own rhythm with a wee bit of structure by including habits that help bring out your artistry and imagination.
Todd Henry writes extensively about the creative process, and here he talks about finding a flow based on said routine. Again, read and practice. I’ve written about these two guys before, but if you are interested in creativity, you would be wise to follow.
3. Step away from the computer:
You’ll be okay, I swear. Brainstorm the old fashioned way, on paper. If you have no clue where to start, simply write down your name, your blog title or one big plan to start. Just roll with it and you’ll soon see a flow develop. Simply getting away from the computer works wonders.
4. Network with people:
Try and be a bit more strategic about the peeps you hang with, on- and off-line. Find others that stimulate you or find people who are smarter than you (I’m surrounded by them).
They’ll help you see things in a whole new light. People to bounce ideas off of challenge you. They kick-start you. They amp you up.
Schedule in time for creativity today.
Developing a culture that embraces creativity is the way to grow in today’s economic environment, but it all starts with you.
Well, what are you waiting for you creative visionary?
Are you using creativity in your daily routine?
Who out there inspires you to be creative?
Any other recommendations for adding a bit of imagination to your day?