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3 Ways to Nurture Creativity in the Workplace

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The aim of a business, right from company registration through to seeing your first return on investment, is to grow. Innovate, develop and expand in a noticeable fashion. There is considerable competition in the world and to achieve this expansion you must stand out from the crowd. In the first stages of your company, when you are just starting out, this can be an uphill struggle; although it needn’t be.

Where you may lack budget or exposure in the industry you can make up for in other ways. The key way to do this is through the power of creativity. You don’t have to be the biggest fish in the pond to develop a flare. Harnessing the collective creative power of your team from start-up can be a great way to make you stand out from the crowd.

It only takes one brilliant idea to help your business stand out from the crowd. So, you want to create an atmosphere where this creation can be nurtured in the best way possible. But, what is the best way to do this in the modern work environment?

Here are 3 ways to nurture creativity in the workplace:

1. Don’t Think Outside the Box, Expand It

The best ideas are not necessarily new ones. Is Virgin a successful company because it invented the train? No, it is successful because it improved upon the existing base of a train and made it an experience that people sought after above over train companies.

The point is, you don’t have to invent the wheel in order to benefit from it. Obviously, you cannot replicate an idea entirely but creatively developing it is how humanity has reached the point it has today. A new way of looking at things is how the world develops. So, developing your company, in the same way, is the best course of action to take.

“My ambition comes from my passion: finding what I love and then expanding on that.” – Miranda Kerr

2. Environmental Factors

Let’s face it, being creative in a white box would be a tall order for almost everyone. However, you also can’t have an office that is an explosion of an artist’s palette (unless you are someone like Google, of course).

Stifling your employee’s creativity with a boring environment is a sure way to ensure that the ideas in your company do not develop. Promote thought and interaction by investing in an interesting piece of art, partaking in a fun table tennis game in the break room or even just some having some music playing in the background. It makes for a livelier work environment.

Work is work, so it can’t be all fun and games in the pursuit of creativity (although you shouldn’t intend to bore your employees either). Yet, there are certain things that will help to get those creative juices flowing and keep your businesses productivity high!

3. Budget Isn’t Everything

As a start-up company, you may not have an abundance of money to throw into all of the things that a successful, bustling business needs. Marketing, for example, can be key to the success of your new company. But, this can be an expensive process for your business during these first baby steps.

In this case, you may find creativity will stretch a smaller budget a considerable amount. A lot of people equate marketing with spending a lot of money on flashing neon signs and proclaiming how good your business is to the world. Sometimes this is more of a hindrance than a help.

New opportunities for less expensive advertising is around every corner. Imagine being the first person to realise Facebook was a great platform to advertise from, now it is an industry standard. All of these marketing strategies began as a creative idea, a company that thought out of the box in one instance and created a marketing platform that has been extremely successful.

There are a number of roads you can navigate from the steam of a smaller budget. The power of social media should never be ignored, it’s mostly free and you can reach a surprising number of people with the right (high quality) content. In the same way, connecting with local businesses around you can be a free way to create exposure for your business in a local community.

“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” – Nelson Mandela

Similarly, reaching out to local publications and the like can also be a great way to gain exposure at a local level. None of which requires a huge budget; just a friendly face and a will to get creative with your methods.

Overall, staying creative is an important aspect of the workplace. It keeps your employees enthused, allows your company to grow in new and interesting ways that will ultimately benefit your business as a whole. Creativity is different for everyone, but if you aim to nurture it then you will often be pleasantly surprised by the benefits it can bring.

How do you help promote creativity in the workplace? Please leave your thoughts below!

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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