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63 Ways to Stimulate Employee Creativity and Innovativeness
Apart from a #0. Bottom-up approach, I. In what other ways can an organization stimulate creativity and innovation in its employees? II. What conditions and strategies are needed to support these approaches? Thanks for your ideas...
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  Dr zahra gheidar, Consultant, Iran

#1. Training in Creativity Methods

More than 7 years experience in creativity classes, showed me that in order to maintain and nurture creativity, several issues must be considered. Although elements of creativity are in human nature, they are during life destroyed by training methods.
Creativity can manifest in the conscious and non-conscious. With non-conscience I mean things like children 's creativity or adults when they do something without awareness of related concepts and processes.
One of the most important ways to stimulate creativity and innovation is "training about creativity concepts and methods, because it will open up a new space for discovering creativity.

  Mandy Kendall, CEO, Canada

#2. Appoint a Humble, Central Facilitator
#3. ASK them how THEY believe C and I could be Stimulated

A key prerequisite to the success of stimulating c (...)

  Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States

#4. Implement Lateral Thinking

@: I agree with your central facilitator. In conju (...)

  DANNY SUSIKWANA, Accountant, Zambia

#5. Grant Freedom to Employees
#6. Provide Support by Managers

My experience both in business and in teaching sho (...)

  Herman, Manager, South Africa

#7. Create an Environment of Inquisitiveness

In reading the responses to the question, it seems (...)

  Ceferino Dulay, Jr., Philippines

#8. Organize Assistance to help Incubation

Throughout my career I have been involved with cre (...)

  Md Sufyan, Manager, India

#9. Train Only Talented People

The best person for the assigned job should be the (...)

  pawan jain, HR Consultant, India

#10. Create a Safe, Fearless and Risk Taking Environment

To stimulate employee creativity, provide a fearle (...)

  Martin, Manager

#11. Do Away with a Blame Culture
#12. Institute Organisational Learning
#13. Reward System

- First and foremost one should do away with a bla (...)

  Michael Nestor, Management Consultant, United States

#14. Establish a Culture of Playing and Fun

I agree with so many of the points stated. In the (...)

  Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa

On #3: Ask them

@: The big plus that your method (of asking the em (...)

  Roberta Rizzo, Project Manager, Ireland

#15. Inititate Special Creativity Events, Competitions, Exhibitions, Projects

I reckon creativity is a question of character and (...)

  Satya Narayan, Strategy Consultant, India

#16. Organize the C&I Effort

We need to also organize this entire effort. The M (...)

  GJ Tahash

On #2 (Humble Facilitator): You are Right But Humility and Transparency are Rare

@: Kendall, any effort where "humility and transpa (...)

  Alan Kennedy

#17. Create Trusted Expectations that we're Serious about C and I

I agree with @ and @. We have to create the right (...)

  Albert Anthony D. Gavino, Analyst, Philippines

#18. Empower Employees
#19. Appoint an Innovation Committee for Best Ideas

By , you give them chances to come with new ideas. (...)

  harish ramakrishnan, Management Consultant

#20. Avoid Rules, Regulations and Restrictions

Avoid restriction and demoralization in an organiz (...)

  Jean-Marc Guillemette, Canada

#21. Listen Actively
#22. Provide Non-judgemental Feedback
#23. Stop Immediate Filtering

As expressed by others, make it clear that contrib (...)

  Alexander N. Raikov, Director, Russian Federation

#24. Collectively Create an Innovation Strategy

For the purpose of stimulating creativity and inno (...)

  Marcel Rietmaeker, Belgium

#25. Visualize the GAP between Current (IST) and Desired (SOLL) Situation

A good start is to visualize (using a , ) the gap (...)

  Susanne Kanter, Management Consultant

#26. Determine the Focus Areas to Raise the Corporate Creativity Competence

@: I agree that to raise corporate creativity it m (...)

  Anand Brambha, Business Consultant, South Africa

#27. Use External People for (Extra) Creativity

The type of leaders within the organization often (...)

  Julio Hennings, Professor, Peru

On #7: Inquisitiveness is not Enough for a Creative Solution, but is the First Step

@: I believe that inquisitiveness is NOT enough to (...)

  Erico Ebeling, Consultant, Brazil

#28. Top Management Must Recognize the Relevance of C&I

My understanding is that first of all, the decisio (...)

  Ching Quek, New Zealand

On #5 and #20: Just Like you Encourage Children...

Just like the way you encourage your children... A (...)

  Zaynabfaps adeleke, CEO, Nigeria

#29. Delegate Tasks as Much as Possible

Employees of any organisation should be constantly (...)

  Rodel Carandang, Manager, Philippines

#30. Give Employees Time to Think and Work on own Projects

Give employees time to think. Google give their e (...)

  kvssiyer, Consultant, India

#31: Find and Match the Right Employees
#32. Provide Talent Career Development

Employees are creative and innovative by nature. I (...)

  Ceferino Dulay, Jr., Philippines

#33. Look for a Freewheeling, Creative Thinking Mindset

I can understand a process of identifying problems (...)

  N.Prabha, Teacher, India

#34. Challenge Employees

According to my point of view - giving challenging (...)

  srinivas, Lecturer, India

#35. Unlearn Past Experiences and Impressions
#36. Welcome and Encourage Diversity of Ideas

What holds back in creating a qualitative creative (...)

  Feyzal Peeroo, Accountant, Mauritius

#37. Look for Inspiration Outside the Own Company Borders

It is not easy to be creative, unless the end just (...)

  Harp Minhas

#38. Encourage All Staff to Do Things Slightly Differently

Everyone is creative, it is not limited to the int (...)

  Martijnse, Management Consultant, Netherlands

#39. See this Change as an Investment and as a Strategy

A condition and strategy you might think of is to (...)

  PEDRO PAULO COSTALLAT BRUNO, Project Manager, Brazil

#40: Try to Focus the Creativity on CLIENT Requirements

Creativity depends on the requirements. The diffic (...)

  Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany

#41. Become a Problem-solving Organization

The creative mind tries to solve problems for the (...)

  Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan

#42: Listen to Internal Customers too
#43. Establish Informal and Transparent Communication
#44. Establish a Flexi Budget for R&D

Dear all, for creativity to bloom remember: #42: (...)

  Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States

If Creativity = Problem Solving, How do You Make it Happen?

@: I agree with what is desired. The issue is. How (...)

  Nelisa Koti

#45. Create a Bottom-up Communication Platform

Bottom up is important. So a firm may establish so (...)

  Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan

Creativity - the Recipe

Dear all, the barriers – often blinding us complet (...)

  Essentia, Coach, United States

#46. Create an Innovation Club and give Parties

Innovation is at the heart of an individual's pers (...)

  Dr zahra gheidar, Consultant, Iran

#47. Make Innovators Rediscover the Creativity in Their Inner Self

Building on my suggestion for @: In fact, we are b (...)


#48. Reengineering

I' d like to reinforce the to stimulating the min (...)

  Ceferino Dulay, Jr., Philippines

On #39. See Innovation as a Strategic Effort rather than as Fixing Problems

Although problems present opportunities for innova (...)

  GHESSASSI, Student (University), Morocco

#49: Prize for Innovation
#50: Avoid Routine Environment
#51: Encourage Visiting Creative Events
#52. Ask for Feedback on Events
#53: Coffee Breaks
#54. Plants in the Office

I suggest to also consider the following measures (...)

  Alan Kennedy

#55. Do not Mandate Creativity; Nurture It

Wow! What a great set of responses to Professor Pa (...)

  Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States

The Skunk Works as Important Metaphor

@: Your example of the Skunk Works is right on the (...)

  Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan

On #30: Creativity and the Ampersand

Dear all, creativity needs an environment that cat (...)

  Ofori Cassandra, Teacher, Ghana

#56: Creative and Innovate Efforts Should Not Be Discouraged

@: I am a teacher in a public school where the rul (...)

  Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa

On #56: Creativity, Innovation and Discipline

Any innovation that does not start from management (...)

  Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany

#57. Creativity is not an Exercise. It's an Attitude

Creativity depends on culture of an organization. (...)

  Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan

On #56: Creativity, Democracy, Leadership

@: A ‘true leader’ by definition is in line with h (...)

  Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States

Transparency and Democracy are not Synonymous Except in Retrospect

@: I would say that a true leader defines the traj (...)

  Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan

The Leader's Trajectory

@: Entirely true, Tom. Obviously the trajectory ha (...)

  Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States

Management as a Performance Art

@: Relative to your perfectly framed comment about (...)

  Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands

#58. Establish Employee-led Innovation

It has been recognized that innovation is not only (...)

  Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa

On #19. Innovation Committees and their Decisions

@: The only problem with your committees is that (...)

  Ceferino Dulay, Jr., Philippines

#61. Ask Many Challenging Questions

Creativity is not something that you plan for and (...)

  Samoletov, Coach, Russian Federation

#62. Give Innovators a Status they can be Proud Of

@: I arrange small celebrations of innovation succ (...)

  Prabhavathi A, Coach, India

#63. Create an Idea-driven Organization

In India and many other places, people work just t (...)

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