Let me get straight to the point. One key element contributing to the dilemma of creative thinking in the workplace is fear of diversity – fear of "too" different. You see, this "too different" causes discomfort. This is the "get out of our comfort zone" we don't consider and resist.
Posts Tagged Innovation
By Catalina Andrade
Is employee happiness an issue at your organization? Have you heard grumbling around the water cooler? Here are some go-to ways to boost morale and improve employee happiness used by Retrofit, a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention programs:
That’s Not How We Do It Here!: A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall—and Can Rise Again (Portfolio/Penguin Random House, 2016), by authors John Kotter and Hol
That is probably the most annoying idiom! Just say what you mean!
Say something like,
“Let’s try to come up with some creative ideas;” or
“Let’s think unconventionally on this particular one;” or
“A fresh, new perspective is welcome here!” or
…almost anything else but talking about a box. Creepy.
“We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change place with an easy and blesses facility, and we are soon wonted to the change and happy in it.” ~Mark Twain
For as long as I’ve been working, and I know much longer than that, there has been talk of how to change and evolve the workplace. I guess it is human nature to find flaws in things and think we can make it better. How then is the actual act of changing something so challenging? In the face of change, why do many of us balk and cling to the less-than-perfect current state?
Boudreau: HR Must Pick Up 'Glacial' Pace, Innovate
American Authors are enjoying the rage of this current song. Go Big or Go Home is a worthy entry in the Urban Dictionary and epitomizes for me the spark and enthusiasm I witnessed last week. For the fourth summer, I was graced to serve with a number of fabulous faculty as we delivered a Business Management Institute, sponsored by the Western Association of College and University Business Officers. The UC-Santa Barbara campus is always a beautiful backdrop to a great week of learning. I think, this was one of the best sessions.
The work week starts and I’ll bet you do things in a certain pattern that has little variation. It’s great to be organized and have methods of doing your work. It keeps you efficient and allows you to perform.
The problem that creeps up on all of us ever so silently is complacency. Most people don’t even recognize that they’re trapped. We continue to do things the same way and never think that stagnation occurs. How many training sessions state that people won’t make change happen because things have “always been done this way”?
“If you have innovative employees, but a workplace culture that doesn't support them, they will fail.” ~ Ben Casnocha
Take a step back and look at your life, your work, yourself. Do you see excess? Is there too much emphasis on one area of your life? Are you running a rat race that can’t be won? If I were a betting person, I wouldn’t hesitate placing a decent wager on these things. You see, all too often, in our personal lives, we consume to make us happy. The same goes in our professional worlds were we often buy into the idea that we “need” the newest technology, the new shiny toy.
Don’t Fall Victim
John Lasseter, best known for producing the films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., and The Incredibles, is chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
But it wasn’t always so.
"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs
There’s lots of conversation in the current media about being innovative and the need for companies to innovate. Many of these articles talk suggest that companies should give employees the ability to innovate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for innovation. But the more I hear about the imperative of innovation, the more I’m convinced that people don’t know what innovation means.
Human Resources has an important role in an organization when it comes to decreasing expenses and maximizing revenue, and finding the right technology is key to increasing productivity, efficiency and effectiveness.
When looking to implement new HR technology, it’s necessary to understand current processes, identify organizational goals and determine future needs. These initial surveys will help to streamline the selection process and mitigate costly mistakes.
There’s a regular conversation in the human resources community about the profession being a strategic business partner. In thinking about becoming more strategic, it occurred to me there’s a difference between creating a strategy and being strategic. Just because we can create a strategy doesn’t mean we can think strategically.
Technology tools are helpful, but they aren’t a substitute for human creativity. I read this from the HR Bartender blog authored by Sharlyn Lauby, one of my favorite HR thought leaders. She was talking about the best way to innovate today! Read it here!
As she mentioned, the best way to innovate is to leverage the people and corporate culture that you already have in place.
My Work Sabbatical & Digital Detox
I recently did something that only the bravest men and women dare to do in our day and age. It was wild and unprecedented and took a great deal of self-control to see it through. I put down my smart phone, shut my laptop when I was finished working and passed along my iPad to my daughter to play Angry Birds for a little while. I, the sometimes queen of social media, took a social media sabbatical. What’s even crazier than the fact that I underwent a digital detox is the fact that I actually enjoyed it.