If you want your company to be the next industry leader, you need to cultivate creativity in the workplace. This involves encouraging your team members to be creative and be proactive about how they approach their tasks. And the more creative and proactive they are, the more they will provide you with new ideas and/or solutions.
To help you create a more creative thinking environment, here are seven qualities to develop in your team members from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of the Northwest:
Critical Thinking — Innovative thinkers don’t simply accept things the way they are. Instead of dismissing this behavior as a disruption in authority, harness the power of it. Innovators like Steve Jobs only succeeded because they did something drastically different from everyone else in their industries.
Decisiveness — Innovative thinkers can objectively assess ideas and processes, making improvements and adjustments as necessary. Firm decision-making skills are essential to the innovative process.
External Awareness — Innovative thinkers understand other viewpoints and remain up to date on the latest news, information and competitive and/or industry information.
Flexibility — When change occurs, innovative thinkers adapt quickly, embrace change, and provide additional suggestions to best implement changes in processes and procedures.
Grand Scope — Innovative thinkers have grand visions and large goals, and can work realistically to achieve these goals. Creative thinkers aren’t afraid to brainstorm and share large-scale project ideas with their team.
Interpersonal Skills — Innovative thinkers understand that big ideas don’t make themselves happen — they require the work of multiple people in most instances. The ideal creative thinker works with internal and external contacts to get the job done and also inspires others to contribute to their visions.
Results-Based Thinking — Innovative thinkers can embrace change because they are results-oriented. Additionally, innovative thinkers create change and encourage others to adapt in the interest of achieving a grand goal.
Remember, if you want your organization to cultivate the next big product, idea or service, encourage your team members to attain these 7 skills. Additionally, innovative thinkers get great satisfaction out of realizing their visions and remain extremely focused and committed to the process of innovation.
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