Can You Afford To Take A Gamble With Creativity?


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Can You Afford To Take A Gamble With Creativity?
Can Your Business Afford To Take A Gamble With Creativity? The Mudd Partnership starts by looking at Brainstorming versus Individual Creativity.


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Can You Afford To Take A Gamble With Creativity?

  1. 1. Can Your Business Afford To Take A Gamble With Creativity? Share this Ebook! PRESENTS © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | | @muddpartnership |
  2. 2. In forthcoming Blogs/ Slideshows amongst other things we’ll be taking a look at Complexity & Adaptive Leadership, Perceptions & Appraisal, Transformational Change, The Six Weapons of Influence, & Leadership & Wicked Issues. Today though we’re going to start by looking at Brainstorming versus Individual Creativity, because at The Mudd Partnership we believe how we recognise, understand & harness creativity in the workplace is very important in driving forward the capacity to innovate, manage change and create agile, super performing Organisations and Businesses. First off though perhaps we need to reclaim the term Brainstorming as some of us will be old enough to remember when, for a while at least, you were „Thought Showering‟ instead! Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | | @muddpartnership |
  3. 3. The fact is there is a proper pedigree behind the technique and a very good reason for keeping & using the term, „To Brainstorm‟. As the concepts originator Alex Osborn simply puts it, the process is, „to use the brain to storm a creative problem and doing so in commando fashion, with each stormer attacking the same objective”. It will also probably come as no surprise that the process was born and nurtured in the world of advertising. Alex Osborn was a partner in the New York Advertising Agency BBDO & his celebrated idea was first promulgated in Chapter 33 of his 1948 (surprise) best seller, “Your Creative Power‟. In fact it was the success of this book that set the template for a range of Management and Business ‘Help’ books being authored during the 1950’s & 60’s by luminaries from this sector. Including David Ogilvy (described as the Father of Modern Advertising) whose, „Confessions Of An Advertising Man‟ was hailed as being important because, “It‟s not just about advertising, it‟s also about how people think and behave at the sharp end of business”. Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | | @muddpartnership |
  4. 4. Chapter 33 was titled, „How To Organise A Squad To Create Ideas‟, &, Osborn wrote that when a group works together, the members should engage in a „Brainstorm”. For Osborn, Brainstorming was central to BBDO’s success and his book outlined the essential rules of a successful Brainstorming Session. The thing that he believed distinguished Brainstorming from other types of group activity was the absence of criticism and negative feedback, &, he wrote, “Creativity is delicate, a flower that praise tends to make bloom while discouragement often nips in the bud”. Brainstorming was predicated on a no-judgments approach to holding a meeting. It provided companies with an easy way to structure their group interactions and it became the most widely used creativity technique in the world. It gave rise to detailed pedagogical doctrines, such as the Osborn-Parnes „Creative problem Solving Process‟ which is still used today by Business Consultants, &, when people want to extract the best ideas from a group they still observe Osborn’s cardinal rule – “Censure Criticism (whilst) Encouraging the most Freewheeling Associations”. Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | | @muddpartnership |
  5. 5. Arguably, Brainstorming is then the ideal, feel good way to boost productivity, but does it actually work? The scientific evidence would suggest not! Based on the findings from empirical tests dating back from the late 1950’s and conducted by such august bodies as Yale & Washington University, the control sample of individuals would always roughly come up with twice as many solutions as the Brainstorming groups under the same conditions and the „Solo Solutions‟ were independently judged to be more „feasible‟ & more „effective‟. The conclusion drawn was that rather than unleash the potential of the group, the process of Brainstorming made each individual less creative. The interesting paradox subsequently thrown up by all of this however for both The Mudd Partnership and many other practioners & business, organisational, people and change management commentators, is that like it or not, human creativity has increasingly become a group process and many of us work better creatively when teamed up! Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | | @muddpartnership |
  6. 6. To appreciate and understand this is then important in how you structure for creativity, the capacity to innovate and ultimately to be both organisationally robust and agile; not only responsive to your market, customers, stake and shareholders, but also to be on the front foot and ahead of changing demand, new pressures, challenges & targets. So, what People, Process & Structural changes should you be considering to ensure you have the best market position, optimum capacity and capability and a true competitive edge? The Mudd Partnership suggests the following ⇒ Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | | @muddpartnership |
  7. 7. 1. Have a Powerful Engagement Process & Committed Local Sponsors To overcome resistance, build commitment and stimulate creativity, you need to engage powerfully and bring people together in a Purposeful Way (We shall be looking more closely at Purposeful Leadership in future Blogs ): In addition, you want your middle and front-line managers to model the behaviours that will drive forward creativity & innovation and they will be critical in connecting the creative thinking done to the organisation‟s values and goals; 2. Recognise that Behaviours are the Key to Organisational Success These include both Relationship Behaviours and Task Behaviours; There will be clusters of each already operating in your organisation or business, &, both clusters are important for creative, innovative and High Performing Teams; Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | | @muddpartnership |
  8. 8. 3. Engage both Relationship & Task Behaviours Relationship Behaviours include adaptability, communication, innovation, creativity and personal leadership: Task Behaviours include decision making, people development, planning, results focus, vision and strategy (All traits which regular readers of these Blogs will recognize as being characteristic of a ‘Thinking Performer’’ or „Strategic Activist‟); 4. Actively Develop your Thought Leaders, Thinking Performers & Strategic Activists Model respect for talent and achievements at every level; Offer frequent public thanks; Praise those who meet high standards while helping poor performers improve; Emphasise personal responsibility; Reward initiative; Make Brainstorming a habit; Provide opportunities and resources for continual learning and growth; Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | | @muddpartnership |
  9. 9. 5. Remove Silos, Inert Boundaries & ‘The way we do things here’ Mentality Convene conversations across groups; Involve diverse cross-cutting teams in problem solving; & again as we have suggested in previous Blogs stress „Common Purpose‟ & communicate inspiring goals larger than any individual or group; 6. Help Everyone to Raise Their Emotional Intelligence In previous Blogs we have looked at the importance of Emotional Intelligence in Super Performing organisations, &, in particular, the work of Daniel Goleman; Another EI guru is Richard Boyatziz who found on questioning 2000 Supervisors & Managers on 16 Attributes which distinguished „Superior Performance‟, that all but two were Emotional! High EI, coupled with excellent social skills are as important as creativity, innovation & expertise in driving forward the organisation, so encourage employees not to bite off more than they can chew – to be clear about what the pay-off for them will be in every situation – to focus their energy… Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | | @muddpartnership |
  10. 10. on making the most of their strengths, before looking at their weaknesses – & becoming tenacious in seeking feedback from everyone around them; & finally 7. Think Relationships, Think Communities, Think Networks, Think Pattern Management: Organisational adaptability and agility come from the little creative contributions of the many, not just from the big ideas of the few & a Leaders role is now not so much to “Hold a mirror up to the organization” as to, “Honour emergence in a complex adaptive system”: Create the optimum opportunities for lots of frequent but small creative inputs which can be communicated and acted upon quickly through nurturing a „Community of Practice‟; And nurture relationships through abundant social communication to create what Robin Dunbar would call a „Social Glue‟. The Mudd Partnership will be looking more closely at Complexity Theory & how it can improve business and management practice & performance in future Blogs, Slideshows, in the meantime if you’d like to find out more please contact us & let us make a compelling case for working with you! Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | | @muddpartnership |
  11. 11. Website : Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn: Pinterest: YouTube: Share this Ebook! Questions? © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | | @muddpartnership |