Why are we not Stimulating Employee Creativity and Innovation?

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Why are we not Stimulating Employee Creativity and Innovation?
Alan Kennedy, Strategy Consultant, Canada

We seem to agree more or less what what needs doing to stimulating employee creativity and innovation...
So then, why aren't companies doing these things? Is it such hard work to listen to the employees?

Unsuccessful Attempts to Increase Employee Creativity and Innovativeness
claudio pizzi, Business Consultant, Argentina
As a consultant I saw a lot of intents to work in this direction, but unfortunately, they weren't unsuccessful. Why?
In my humble opinion, we have been educated to use only the left hemisphere of our brain. I guess for cost reasons (industrialization of education). Our left hemisphere manages the logical, analytical, sequential, whereas the right one is dealing with fantasy, the random, the intuitive.
We were educated to use reason, not to create and innovate. We need to change the mental models of the company's owners first, and to develop a strategy based on a new education plan for the company. Also we need to modify the operative charge to work, and create a new working environment.
We need quality, not quantity of work hours. This is a disruptive change that must start with new pillars of the internal culture of the company.

Changing an Organization Implies Headaches
claudio pizzi, Business Consultant, Argentina
Hello Allan, it's a pleasure to talk with you about this topic as a colleague. I think we have 3 very hard reasons:
- First, employers earn money using this system of thinking, what is the reason to change it? They can't see the opportunity cost due to their mental models.
- Second, they are afraid to lose the power to control things.
- Third and last, not everyone wants to have a great company. Owners lives well, change an organization implies headaches with employees, suppliers, customers, with all. Not all employers are willing to take risks once they have achieved a good standard of living.
For example, we commonly put our lives at risk when traveling by plane without knowing the conditions and capabilities of the pilot, but we are not capable to take risks in our business, itís funny how humans make decisions, is not it?



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