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29 de February de 2024
Despite all the hype surrounding creativity in recent years, creative muscles remain largely underdeveloped at the corporate level. Although most organizations have finally understood the importance of innovation and have consequently implemented strategies for it, the reality is that they will not be able to create new products, services, and processes until the teams themselves become more creative. And teams do not become more creative because, in many cases, organizational systems prevent it, and leaders don’t understand how creativity works.
To begin with, it’s often hampered by bureaucratic, hierarchical, and restrictive processes. Creativity also requires time and space to flourish. When we have excessively “efficient” corporate cultures, in which measures and practices are implemented to control and regulate the time spent on each task, or calendars are filled with meetings, creativity tends to wither.
How do we prevent stifling team creativity in an environment that values efficiency? The answer might be surprising: You probably can’t. The truth is, creativity tends to be inefficient in the way we currently understand efficiency. The corporate ideal of what a productive and efficient workday should look like stands as the foremost and most substantial obstacle to nurturing more creative teams. Creativity thrives on effectiveness rather than efficiency or productivity. That’s why fostering creativity within the organization calls for a genuine cultural shift.
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Creativity and innovation go hand in hand, influencing both individuals and teams. In cultures that foster innovation, there’s room for a multitude of ideas—good and bad alike. These environments also embrace the possibility of failure, celebrating original concepts and working to turn them into tangible realities for the business. The ultimate goal is to see these innovations translate into improved results. If that doesn’t happen, there’s no punishment. A healthy acceptance of failure is seen as a positive sign that innovation is thriving. Of course, it’s crucial to be mindful of where and how failures occur. It’s not about neglecting the business, but rather reducing fear and stigma within teams when it comes to the idea of failure.
When we think about a workplace, we often picture dull, uninspiring, and impersonal offices. But what if work environments were the total opposite? Take Google offices, for instance, famous for their innovative and energizing design. These spaces are specifically designed to inspire and motivate employees, encouraging them to explore fresh and daring ideas. By creating an atmosphere in which creativity and innovation can thrive, it highlights how a well-designed workspace can be a crucial factor in nurturing business creativity.
For creativity to permeate teams, it needs to be firmly rooted in the leaders. Leaders don’t necessarily have to see themselves as ‘creative,’ although that can be beneficial. What’s crucial is that they manage their teams in a way that allows creativity to flow.
By combining inspiring leadership with effective management strategies, companies can create an environment where creativity and innovation are not only possible but also integral parts of the corporate culture.