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Creativity vs. Innovation - a fair fight?

5th Feb 2014
Founder How to Accelerate Learning
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Give your creative super powers a boost!My latest blogs have been around the subject of creativity and how to improve your own, by looking deeper at Epstein's definition of the 4 creative competencies

Just to remind you, these are: challenging, broadening, capturing and surroundings. So it got me thinking, okay you can be creative - super creative in fact, but if you do not do anything with your creativity and the ideas you generate, then you will not innovate.

Recently I was speaking to an L&D manager who would like to improve the creativity within their organisation. Is it really creativity that needs a boost or is it innovation? Or both?

I have a belief that most people can be creative in some way or another, what is difficult is putting it into practice - the INNOVATION! By promoting creativity do you naturally promote innovation or do you need to do something else for that?

As a leader in your organisation what are the conditions that you foster to help the incubation and execution of creative ideas?

Are you.......

  • Creative in the way you lead - do you lead by example?
  • Encouraging - when someone comes to you with an idea, what is your response, regardless of how good it is?
  • Judgmental - are you quick to dismiss the idea, because it may not fit in with culture, resources, plans etc?
  • Supportive - in providing the right resources?
  • Promoting a culture where you CAN learn by mistakes?
  • Able to make it a safe place for your team to come up with off-the-wall ideas?

Depending on your answers to these questions, it may get you thinking about your style of leadership and whether you need lessons in creativity or innovation? Or both?

©Krystyna Gadd 2014

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