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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fueling Creativity: Management Tips

The business world has a long-standing love/hate relationship with the creative process. Managers regularly profess to embrace creativity, but they’ve usually been trained to avoid failure—and accepting and learning from failure is key to a successful creative process.

The good news is that a small but growing number of adventurous business professionals do recognize that failure must be embraced. They still value the need to work faster, smarter, and cheaper, but don’t run from failure or the lessons that can be learned from it. They accept that no great invention ever materialized out of thin air, but required attempts, trials, and experiments. Each failure provides valuable opportunities to teach us what we need to know in order to succeed. My first tip this week will help you understand how failure can become your best friend.

The second tip goes further, showing how you can personally become more creative. As children, creativity comes naturally. But as we grow older and more set in our ways, we often forget how to create. It’s time for you to get reacquainted with that creative inner child. Watch this week’s videos to learn how.

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