Join Nancy Napier for an in-depth discussion in this video Final thoughts, part of Building Creative Organizations.
Remember that creativity is nothing fancy, nothing artsy. It's all about doing things differently to get better. Better than you were yesterday, better than last month, or last year, and better than your peers. Any person, any organization, even any community or country that doesn't keep trying to do things differently to get better, will get complacent and stagnant. And if you're not moving forward, you're moving backward. So what are the keys to remember? Think of the 6 disciplines. First, hire and keep people with deep discipline expertise. Second, look outside your field or discipline for ideas. Look in science, look in art, on the sports field, anywhere, just keep looking. Third, be disciplined about finding, reviewing and trying out new ideas. Then, do it again.
Don't get committed to any one of them too early. Fourth, find and nurture leaders and team members who're disciplined about executing creative approaches and ideas. Fifth, use space and place as a discipline that supports creativity. And finally, develop a culture of creative habit or discipline. Over the years, I've watched people use these tools and ideas and done right, they've help transform their organizations.
I hope you'll take this disciplines to heart, and use them for yourself as well as your organization. Will it be easy? No, I won't kid you about that, but it is doable and it's a worthwhile journey. And along the way, it can add a little fun to the workplace.