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Creativity + innovation

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Creativity and innovation are important factors for any company. They help companies stay relevant and bypass their competitors, while keeping employees thinking critically and performing exceptionally.

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Creativity + innovation

  1. 1. Creativity + Sponsored in part by the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan, Michigan Works!, through your local Workforce Development Board and Muskegon County Board of Commissioners. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities EEO/ADA/Employer/Programs - TTY# - 711.
  2. 2. Creativity
  3. 3. What is creativity?  Creativity is defined as “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination”  What does that mean??? Cleverness, genius, imagination, ingenuity, inspiration, inventiveness, originality, resourcefulness, talent, vision
  4. 4. What can we assume about creativity?  Creativity is essential for health, happiness, and success  Creativity is within everyone  Creativity varies among individuals  We can develop creativity by experiencing it
  5. 5. Attitudes toward creativity Oh no! A problem!  There’s nothing I can do  It’s impossible  I’m not creative  I might fail A problem? I’ll find a way!  There’s something I can do  Anything is possible  I’m creative in my own way  If I fail, I’ll try again Negative Positive
  6. 6. 4 Tools of Creativity 1. Faith in your own creativity 2. Absence of judgment 3. Precise observation 4. Challenging questions
  7. 7. 1. Accept that you can be creative 2. Question traditional assumptions 3. Expand your problem-solving styles 4. Employ creativity techniques 5. Practice thinking in new ways 6. Learn when your creative thinking is best Steps to personal creativity
  8. 8. Improving your creative abilities  Keep track of your ideas at all times  Pose new questions to yourself every day  Keep abreast of your field  Engage in imaginative hobbies  Have courage and self-confidence  Learn to know and understand yourself
  9. 9. Improving your creative abilities  Learn about things outside your specialty  Avoid rigid, set patterns of doing things  Be open and receptive to ideas  Be alert in your observations  Adopt a risk-taking attitude  Keep your sense of humor
  10. 10. Stimulants to Creativity  Learn about things outside your specialty  Avoid rigid, set patterns of doing things  Be open and receptive to ideas  Be alert in your observations  Adopt a risk-taking attitude  Keep your sense of humor
  11. 11. Stimulants to Creativity  Freedom in deciding what work to do and how to do it  Resources needed to do the work  Encouragement from a supervisor who is a good professional role model, sets appropriate goals, supports, and has confidence in the work group  Organizational culture that supports creativity and communicates a clear shared vision
  12. 12. Why is creativity important?  Global challenges and problems  Rapidly changing and competitive work environments  Increased productivity  Greater customer satisfaction  Enhanced employee engagement
  13. 13. What is innovation?  Innovation is defined as “something new or different introduced”  What does that mean??? Improvement, advancement, building, furthering, increasing, modernization
  14. 14. Creativity + Application = Innovation  Believe in your ideas Never be embarrassed to share ideas There’s no such thing as a bad idea  Explain them well to others  Brainstorm, research, and implement ideas
  15. 15.  Internal thinking  Very difficult to measure and define  External Putting creative thoughts to use  Has been tested and found to work in the real world Creativity Innovation
  16. 16. Intended results  Propel a company ahead of competitors  Increase trust, respect, leadership in the workplace  Encourage teamwork  Encourages thinking outside the box
  17. 17. “ ” There’s a way to do it better—find it. Thomas Edison
  18. 18. Like what you saw? We hope you found this information helpful. Check us out at www.miworksmo.org. • Give us any questions/comments/concerns • See our workshop schedule • Learn more about Michigan Works! Muskegon-Oceana

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