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Practical Application: Improving Individual Creativity

Instructor: Amanda Robb

Amanda holds a Masters in Science from Tufts Medical School in Cellular and Molecular Physiology. She has taught high school Biology and Physics for 8 years.

How can you become a more individually creative and innovative employee? Here, we'll be looking at open-ended questions that can help you find ways to improve individual creativity not only in yourself but also in your fellow employees.

Understanding Individual Creativity

What did you learn during the course ''Individual Creativity in the Workplace''? Creativity is essential for developing new and innovative business plans; as such, it's an important approach to foster both in yourself and your fellow team members or staff.

But how do we develop creativity? What are some ways that you can employ creativity in your own business practice? As you reflect upon this question, write down your thoughts. As you read further, you'll be answering more questions that will help guide your thinking and writing.

Applying Divergent Thinking

Harold needs to solve a problem related to the marketing of a product at work. His company wants to attract new business without alienating their original market. Harold decides to use divergent thinking, whereby his team will brainstorm as many new ideas as possible to solve the problem. This type of creative thinking will help them come up with new, innovative ideas.

How could you use divergent thinking in your own work? Is there a problem you're working on that needs a creative solution, or could you use it when working with a team?

Improving Creative Decision-Making

Making decisions doesn't have to be drag. Creativity has a place in this process, too. But how can you incorporate more creativity into your daily decision-making? Let's look at a few examples before you add your ideas about creative decision-making to your essay.

Tony wants to employ the use of creative decision-making to solve a technical problem at work. He recalls that the problem is similar to one he encountered in his home kitchen a few nights ago. He uses an analogy to draw parallels between the two unrelated experiences. Consequently, he's able look at his current problem with a fresh pair of eyes.

Marci wants her employees to be more creative and take more risks during the decision-making process at work. However, she knows that her employees need to feel emotionally and socially safe and trust each other in order to make this happen. To foster creative decision-making, Marci comes up with several team-building activities to encourage trust so that her team will be willing to take more risks.

What are three additional ideas or practices that you could use in your own company or position to foster creative decision-making?

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