I-Three New Ways to Stimulate Creativity
1-Free Time for employees to follow their passion: At Google, engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally. This means that if you have a great idea, you always have time to run with it. See full article in the New York Times: http://bit.ly/bkfEP1
2-Smashing The Clock : ROWE
No schedules. No mandatory meetings. This is the Best Buy’s radical reshaping of the workplace. The nation’s leading electronics retailer has embarked on a radical experiment to transform a culture once known for killer hours and herd-riding bosses. They call it ROWE for “results-only work environment,” to demolish decades-old business dogma that a physical presence is linked with productivity. The goal at Best Buy is to judge performance on output instead of hours. Read more here : http://bit.ly/b0JTK1
3- Bottom-up Leadership: Engage, Empower, Enable:
- Engage: leaders must provide a clear view of the company’s future, connect the company values with the individual life purpose, identify individual contribution to a higher level than self . Employees who feel good about themselves and think they belong to a team get the intrinsic motivation to deliver performance.
- Empower: Let people decide how to set goals, how to get the expected results. Increase their personal power in making decisions at all level of the organizations. The leaders’ role is to coach and mentor individuals and teams to remove self-limiting beliefs, provide immediate feedbacks and develop strengths while minimizing the impact of weaknesses
- Enable: Provide highly personalized support and enough resources. Lead teams based on matching personal communication, behavior and management styles of each team member. Provide talent development programs.
II-The Three Ways to Kill Creativity
Tangible Rewards: A lot of studies published in renowned peer-reviewed literature have demonstrated that external motivation is not helping people to be creative and actually worsen the ability to think creatively. Rewards work well when you have to encourage repetitive tasks with no problem solving activities.
Threat : If you threaten somebody you stimulate the part of the brain that is inducing the same pain as a physical injury. Studies measuring brain’s activity clearly showed that this region of the brain is activated by perceived or real danger. Threats decrease productivity tremendously by activating this “Fight or Fly” neuronal and hormonal responses.
Expertise: Insight happens when you to stop thinking hard about a solution and by connecting pieces of information in a completely new way. Often too much information and knowledge is actually limiting creativity and often leads to “analysis paralysis”.
- Video: Dan Pink and the power of intrinsic motivation
- Video: David Rock Video Brain
- PDF: Managing with the brain in mind