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Workplace Creativity: Why It’s Important and How to Cultivate It

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Whether you are managing a startup, a small business or a large corporation, it’s no secret that fostering creative thinking within the workplace is vital to the growth and success of your organization.

With the increasingly complex issues your business faces every day, sometimes, the same tired concepts and means to solve problems just won’t cut it anymore.  A leader is expected to solve these problems, but ideas coming from only one person can only do so much.

This is why an environment where creativity is cultivated is important; a workplace filled with creative thinkers will provide innovative solutions and develop better ways to do things.

Fostering creativity in the workplace can be a challenging task for leaders, especially with the hustle and bustle of each day in an ordinary workplace environment filled with workloads and deadlines that leave only little room for creativity.

Here are 6 ways to encourage creativity among your employees:

1. Leverage freedom and diversity

Give your employees freedom to work towards a specific work goal using any method they want. Always dictating the specific way to do things will only stifle their creativity. Assign a fixed work goal but allow them to use their own approach to achieve it. Leverage diversity by forming teams composed of diverse creative minds that have different perspectives and take on things. A group composed of employees with various points of view is most likely to come up with creative solutions as opposed to a homogenous group where there isn’t much assortment of ideas.

2. Provide enough resources

Although there are certain projects that can be achieved by requiring only little or none of both, time and money are important resources for optimizing creativity.  Deadlines can either suppress or heighten creativity, and a limited budget might cause quality to be compromised. Provide just enough resources to support your employees in achieving a work goal.

3. Discourage politics

Make sure to pick the best ideas based on their usefulness and appropriateness, not on hierarchy. If your employees, no matter what position, feel like they have the chance to contribute to the success of the organization, they will feel more encouraged to contribute ideas more often.

“People work for money but go the extra mile for recognition, praise and rewards.” – Dale Carnegie

4. Keep the door open for new ideas

Their creative thinking is useless if your employees feel like their ideas aren’t welcome. Foster a creative environment where everyone knows that if they have an idea, they are free to share it anytime. You can also actively ask for your employee’s ideas by putting up a general suggestion box, where they can suggest ideas that would help in the betterment of the company anytime.

5. Make room for failure

Failure is inevitable when it comes to risk-taking. Creative thinkers will produce a lot of solutions and not many of them will lead to a successful result. Making your employees think that failure is not an option will only make them feel afraid to step out of their comfort zones and keep them from coming up with new ideas, which will stifle innovation. Instead of ostracizing them everytime they fail, let them learn from their mistakes. Let each failure bring them a step closer to success.

6. Recognize your employee’s efforts

Knowing their work matters to your organization will help your employees feel more motivated in contributing to its success. It doesn’t require resources. A simple “thank you” or a short message acknowledging your employee’s efforts and contribution to the business would be enough.

“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” – Stephen R. Covey

A workplace culture that fosters creativity is beneficial not only to the business but to the manager and employees as well. A creative environment where employees are encouraged to contribute ideas and participate in problem-solving results in increased staff morale, greater productivity, increased employee engagement, and better teamwork and team bonding.  A company with creative thinkers will generate innovative ideas that can drive the business to its success.
Which one of these 6 ways to foster creativity do you find most valuable? Let us know by commenting below!

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Lois Sapare is an editor at Scoopfed. She is a former student journalist with a bachelor's degree in Information Technology. When she's not writing content on a variety of topics, you can find her watching psych thriller films or keeping up with the latest buzz in the tech world.

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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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