Whether foreign or domestic businesses continue to evolve and in order for the U.S. to remain competitive with the world’s emerging market’s and its global competition, status quo can no longer be acceptable.
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The Benefits of Creativity
In Thomas Friedman’s book, “The World is Flat” he makes the strong case that businesses and organizations must move beyond self-imposed limitations to remain competitive in the global environment, in fact, it is essential they become creative and innovative. Successful learning organizations have learned to move beyond status quo in order to compete while managing and maximizing the creativity of their people. Why is creativity important in organizations? Because creativity allows individuals at any level of the organization to confront assumptions and challenge the status quo while fostering a culture of initiators that are not frightened by potential risks.
Characteristics of Creative Teams
What are two characteristics of creative teams that are game changers for your business? 1. Creatives see the possibilities, in other words, when the circumstances seem impossible, they embrace resilience and can see the possibilities. 2. Creatives also tend to be future-oriented which allows them to postulate ideas and solutions for unforeseen problems while strategically creating solutions for existing barriers.
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The Art of Listening
Let me share with you one way a leader can foster creativity in teams while creating a culture of openness that thrives in an ever evolving environment. The forgotten art of listening lays the foundation for openness and creativity in your teams and ultimately in your environment. Why you might ask? Because listening is an important human skill, as well as organizational skill which validates the humanity of the other person. Granted, everyone’s idea does not need to be chosen as the right path, but great leaders understand that everyone wants to be heard and to not have their ideas dismissed.
The Difference Between Hearing and Listening
Within the countless number of conversations that occur within an organization, hearing may take place by one or more parties, but not necessarily listening. This is potentially problematic because at its core listening strengthens the quality of communication, interpersonal relationships, conflict management and ultimately team cohesion. Attentive listening happens when an individual is truly focusing on what the other person is saying, paying attention and trying to understand what is being said. Understandably, everyone does not naturally possess the skill of listening, but thankfully, it can be learned and developed.
How to Foster Better Listening
So how do we foster better listening in organizations? Leaders should intentionally heighten awareness around the value of attentive listening while creating a culture of openness that promotes it. All the while understanding that just like any ability, it requires practice and a good listener putting themselves in the shoes of the other person, with the goal of understanding. At the end of the day, leadership is all about innovating, initiating, creating and envisioning, for that reason it is important to create a climate in which original thought is welcomed and celebrated through the art of listening.
Point of Clarity Quote:
“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein