February 12, 2013 by Jeff James, Vice President & General Manager, Disney Institute
Yesterday on Facebook we mentioned a common misunderstanding in regards to creativity and innovation: when faced with the task of starting something new or re-thinking something that already exists with a fresh perspective, it’s easy to sit back and think, “I’m not creative.”
Of course, creativity knows no bounds. Someone who works as a customer support specialist can be just as creative with their problem solving solutions as an artist who puts an idea or concept to paper. Anyone can be creative.
The second misnomer stifling creativity comes from the thought that someone’s ideas are attached to the person submitting them. This thought lends itself to a “my idea against yours” mindset and can be detrimental to the collaborative process.
Remember, your ideas are separate from your identity. Your collaborative culture will be strengthened when your team understands and believes that value is derived from each individual for being who they are and bringing ideas to the table; they are valued simply for expressing their ideas.
What is your approach to idea sharing? How do you encourage everyone to participate in creative brainstorming sessions?
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