Perfect Phrases for Creativity and Innovation

  • Can you think of a time when change wasn’t happening in your business or organization?
  • How prepared is your business or organization to handle change?
  • Do you have systems in place for creating new ideas, innovations?
  • Do you consider creativity and innovation as everyday parts of your business or organization?
  • How competent do you feel as a creator? An innovator?
  • What do you think you need to do to get better?

Hopefully you can answer these questions with a resounding, “Yes! Of course, we are ready for change! Of course we have innovation and creativity systems set up!” We agree with Tom Peters and innovation must become our firm’s ‘Job One! It is part of our DNA! Whether you can say this or not, you will be facing changes in the workplace on a regular basis—some good, some not so good, but all inevitable and unavoidable. Your company or organization can no longer succeed without ongoing innovation, without regularly reinventing themselves, without transformational change that moves beyond incremental, step-by-step problem solving. Problem solving is simply not sufficient for success in today’s workplace environment. Innovation that moves beyond incremental rational thinking to involve the whole brain, the whole person is absolutely necessary.

And so, Perfect Phrases for Creativity and Innovation offers trigger phrases and activities to help managers and supervisors to stimulate creative ideas and innovations.  These phrases and activities are grounded in the belief that creativity can be enhanced by:

  • believing that many answers exist and that we will find them
  • creating environments that are supportive of creativity
  • finding our call or being in the flow
  • valuing ourselves
  • accessing the power of the group or community
  • using our whole brain
  • increasing divergent thinking
  • bringing our whole selves, including our inner child, to the creativity table
  • staying open to many different people, experiences, and sources of information
  • intentionally and regularly engaging in and trusting in the process of creativity
Chapters include:
  • Creativity Begins with Me
  • Motivating Teams To Be Highly Creative
  • A Structure for Creativity:  Idea Management and Implementation
  • Discovering the “Magic”
  • Creative Spaces
  • Extreme Challenges
  • Celebrating Success

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