63 Ways to Stimulate Employee Creativity and Innovativeness

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63 Ways to Stimulate Employee Creativity and Innovativeness
elmer palacio, Professor, Philippines

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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#1. Training in Creativity MethodsSign up
Dr zahra gheidar, Consultant, Iran
More than 7 years experience in creativity classes...

#4. Implement Lateral ThinkingSign up
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States
@Mandy Kendall: ...

#5. Grant Freedom to Employees
#6. Provide Support by ManagersSign up

DANNY SUSIKWANA, Accountant, Zambia
My experience both in business and in teaching sho...

#7. Create an Environment of InquisitivenessSign up
Herman, Manager, South Africa
In reading the responses to the question, it seems...

#8. Organize Assistance to help IncubationSign up
Ceferino Dulay, Jr., Other, Philippines
Throughout my career I have been involved with cre...

#9. Train Only Talented PeopleSign up
Md Sufyan, Manager, India
The best person for the assigned job should be the...

#10. Create a Safe, Fearless and Risk Taking EnvironmentSign up
pawan jain, HR Consultant, India
To stimulate employee creativity, provide a fearle...

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

Martin, Manager, UK
- First and foremost one should do away with a bla...

#14. Establish a Culture of Playing and FunSign up
Michael Nestor, Management Consultant, United States
I agree with so many of the points stated. In the ...

On #3: Ask themSign up
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa
@Mandy Kendall: ...

#15. Inititate Special Creativity Events, Competitions, Exhibitions, ProjectsSign up
Roberta Rizzo, Project Manager, Ireland
I reckon creativity is a question of character and...

#16. Organize the C&I EffortSign up
Satya Narayan, Strategy Consultant, India
We need to also organize this entire effort. The M...



#20. Avoid Rules, Regulations and RestrictionsSign up
harish ramakrishnan, Management Consultant, India
Avoid restriction and demoralization in an organiz...

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

Jean-Marc Guillemette, Other, Canada
As expressed by others, make it clear that contrib...

#24. Collectively Create an Innovation StrategySign up
Alexander N. Raikov, Director, Russian Federation
For the purpose of stimulating creativity and inno...

#25. Visualize the GAP between Current (IST) and Desired (SOLL) SituationSign up
Marcel Rietmaeker, Other, Belgium
A good start is to visualize (using a

#27. Use External People for (Extra) CreativitySign up
Anand Brambha, Business Consultant, South Africa
The type of leaders within the organization often ...


#28. Top Management Must Recognize the Relevance of C&ISign up
Erico Ebeling, Consultant, Brazil
My understanding is that first of all, the decisio...

On #5 and #20: Just Like you Encourage Children...Sign up
Ching Quek, Other, New Zealand
Just like the way you encourage your children... A...

#29. Delegate Tasks as Much as PossibleSign up
Zaynabfaps adeleke, CEO, Nigeria
Employees of any organisation should be constantly...

#30. Give Employees Time to Think and Work on own ProjectsSign up
Rodel Carandang, Manager, Philippines
Give employees time to think.
Google give the...

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

kvssiyer, Consultant, India
Employees are creative and innovative by nature. I...

#33. Look for a Freewheeling, Creative Thinking MindsetSign up
Ceferino Dulay, Jr., Other, Philippines
I can understand a process of identifying problems...

#34. Challenge EmployeesSign up
N.Prabha, Teacher, India
According to my point of view - giving challenging...

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

srinivas, Lecturer, India
What holds back in creating a qualitative creative...

#37. Look for Inspiration Outside the Own Company BordersSign up
Feyzal Peeroo, Accountant, Mauritius
It is not easy to be creative, unless the end just...

#38. Encourage All Staff to Do Things Slightly DifferentlySign up
Harp Minhas, United Kingdom
Everyone is creative, it is not limited to the int...

#39. See this Change as an Investment and as a StrategySign up
Martijnse, Management Consultant, Netherlands
A condition and strategy you might think of is to ...

#40: Try to Focus the Creativity on CLIENT RequirementsSign up
Creativity depends on the requirements. The diffic...

#41. Become a Problem-solving OrganizationSign up
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany
The creative mind tries to solve problems for the ...



#45. Create a Bottom-up Communication PlatformSign up
Nelisa Koti, Student (MBA), South Africa
Bottom up is important. So a firm may establish so...

Creativity - the RecipeSign up
Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan
Dear all, the barriers often blinding us complet...

#46. Create an Innovation Club and give PartiesSign up
Essentia, Consultant, United States
Innovation is at the heart of an individual's pers...

#47. Make Innovators Rediscover the Creativity in Their Inner SelfSign up
Dr zahra gheidar, Consultant, Iran
Building on my suggestion for @

#48. ReengineeringSign up
I' d like to reinforce the
On #39. See Innovation as a Strategic Effort rather than as Fixing ProblemsSign up
Ceferino Dulay, Jr., Other, Philippines
Although problems present opportunities for innova...


#55. Do not Mandate Creativity; Nurture ItSign up
Alan Kennedy, Canada
Wow! What a great set of responses to Professor Pa...

The Skunk Works as Important MetaphorSign up
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States
@Alan Kennedy: ...

On #30: Creativity and the AmpersandSign up
Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan
Dear all, creativity needs an environment that cat...


On #56: Creativity, Innovation and DisciplineSign up
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa
Any innovation that does not start from management...

#57. Creativity is not an Exercise. It's an AttitudeSign up
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany
Creativity depends on culture of an organization. ...



The Leader's TrajectorySign up
Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan
@Tom Wilson: En...

Management as a Performance ArtSign up
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States
@Arif ur Rehman...

#58. Establish Employee-led InnovationSign up
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands
It has been recognized that innovation is not only...

On #19. Innovation Committees and their DecisionsSign up
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa
@Albert Anthony D. G...

#61. Ask Many Challenging QuestionsSign up
Ceferino Dulay, Jr., Other, Philippines
Creativity is not something that you plan for and ...

#62. Give Innovators a Status they can be Proud OfSign up
Samoletov, Coach, Russian Federation
@Essentia: I ar...

#63. Create an Idea-driven OrganizationSign up
Prabhavathi A, Coach, India
In India and many other places, people work just t...


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