63 Ways to Stimulate Employee Creativity and Innovativeness




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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...
Editor: we'll add numbers to all ideas for reference purposes and we'll remove double ones (as much as possible) to avoid this page becomes too cluttered and complex.
 

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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.

 
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Mandy Kendall, 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 creativity and innovation in employees is to have a... Sign up

 
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Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States
 

#4. Implement Lateral Thinking

@Mandy Kendall: I agree with your central facilitator. In conjunction with the Points of Light Progr... Sign up

 
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DANNY SUSIKWANA
Accountant, Zambia
 

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

My experience both in business and in teaching shows that creativity is in all humanity and lies ine... Sign up

 
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Herman
Manager, South Africa
 

#7. Create an Environment of Inquisitiveness

In reading the responses to the question, it seems to me an expensive process of appointing facilita... Sign up

 
3
Ceferino Dulay, Jr.
Philippines
 

#8. Organize Assistance to help Incubation

Throughout my career I have been involved with creativity/innovation when I started out in R&D manag... Sign up

 
1
Md Sufyan
Manager, India
 

#9. Train Only Talented People

The best person for the assigned job should be the "mantra". Creativity is related to think out of ... Sign up

 
4
pawan jain
HR Consultant, India
 

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

To stimulate employee creativity, provide a fearless, safe and risk taking environment to the employ... Sign up

 
6
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 blame culture and encourage a learning environment. T... Sign up

 
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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 end it is a function of culture. Encourage employe... Sign up

 
2
Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

On #3: Ask them

@Mandy Kendall: The big plus that your method (of asking the employees how THEY believe it can be ac... Sign up

 
2
Roberta Rizzo
Project Manager, Ireland
 

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

I reckon creativity is a question of character and behavior: creative people probably have been stim... Sign up

 
1
Satya Narayan
Strategy Consultant, India
 

#16. Organize the C&I Effort

We need to also organize this entire effort. The Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellenc... Sign up

 
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GJ Tahash, United States
 

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

@Mandy Kendall: Kendall, any effort where "humility and transparency" are the starting point will pr... Sign up

 
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Alan Kennedy, Canada
 

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

I agree with @Martin and @Michael Nestor. We have to create the right environment to stimulate emplo... Sign up

 
2
Albert Anthony D. Gavino
Analyst, Philippines
 

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

By empowering employees, you give them chances to come with new ideas. Give these chances to new rec... Sign up

 
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harish ramakrishnan
Management Consultant
 

#20. Avoid Rules, Regulations and Restrictions

Avoid restriction and demoralization in an organization. Take daily or weekly feedback from employee... Sign up

 
2
Jean-Marc Guillemette, Canada
 

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

As expressed by others, make it clear that contributing ideas is important and welcome. LISTEN acti... Sign up

 
2
Alexander N. Raikov
Director, Russian Federation
 

#24. Collectively Create an Innovation Strategy

For the purpose of stimulating creativity and innovative behavior of the employees the organisation'... Sign up

 
2
Marcel Rietmaeker
Belgium
 

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

A good start is to visualize (using a process flow chart, Ishikawa diagram) the gap where you are (c... Sign up

 
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Susanne Kanter
Management Consultant
 

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

@Marcel Rietmaeker: I agree that to raise corporate creativity it might be useful to: 1. Analyze th... Sign up

 
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Anand Brambha
Consultant, South Africa
 

#27. Use External People for (Extra) Creativity

The type of leaders within the organization often sets the tone of what the culture will be. As a bu... Sign up

 
0
Julio Hennings
Professor, Peru
 

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

@Herman: I believe that inquisitiveness is NOT enough to get creativity. Because we need a method th... Sign up

 
2
Erico Ebeling
Consultant, Brazil
 

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

My understanding is that first of all, the decision makers in the organization should understand and... Sign up

 
2
Ching Quek
New Zealand
 

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

Just like the way you encourage your children... A paper and pencil, and let them wander with minimu... Sign up

 
2
Zaynabfaps adeleke
CEO, Nigeria
 

#29. Delegate Tasks as Much as Possible

Employees of any organisation should be constantly trained. Also delegate duties to them as much as ... Sign up

 
2
Rodel Carandang
Manager, Philippines
 

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

Give employees time to think. Google give their employees 20% of their time think and work on proje... Sign up

 
2
kvssiyer
Consultant, India
 

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

Employees are creative and innovative by nature. If they are not in practice it is traceable to the ... Sign up

 
2
Ceferino Dulay, Jr.
Philippines
 

#33. Look for a Freewheeling, Creative Thinking Mindset

I can understand a process of identifying problems and finding solutions which is commonly used in q... Sign up

 
2
N.Prabha
Teacher, India
 

#34. Challenge Employees

According to my point of view - giving challenging work to them makes employees think more about it,... Sign up

 
2
Paramathmuni srinivas Kumar
India
 

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

What holds back in creating a qualitative creative work are our past experiences etched as impressio... Sign up

 
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Feyzal Peeroo
Accountant, Mauritius
 

#37. Look for Inspiration Outside the Own Company Borders

It is not easy to be creative, unless the end justify the means. In enterprises with a lot of routin... Sign up

 
1
Harp Minhas, United Kingdom
 

#38. Encourage All Staff to Do Things Slightly Differently

Everyone is creative, it is not limited to the intelligent or academics, in fact it has been shown t... Sign up

 
2
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 consider the investment you must be willing to mak... Sign up

 
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PEDRO PAULO COSTALLAT BRUNO
Project Manager, Brazil
 

#40: Try to Focus the Creativity on CLIENT Requirements

Creativity depends on the requirements. The difficulty is to know these requirements. Seen this way,... Sign up

 
2
Bernhard Keim
Business Consultant, Germany
 

#41. Become a Problem-solving Organization

The creative mind tries to solve problems for the company, the consumer, the partner etc.. Creatives... Sign up

 
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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: Nothing coming from any level of internal customer... Sign up

 
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Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States
 

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

@Bernhard Keim: I agree with what is desired. The issue is. How to achieve that in the organizationa... Sign up

 
3
Nelisa Koti, South Africa
 

#45. Create a Bottom-up Communication Platform

Bottom up is important. So a firm may establish some kind of communication platform aimed at listeni... Sign up

 
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Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

Creativity - the Recipe

Dear all, the barriers – often blinding us completely – to develop a culture supportive of creativit... Sign up

 
2
Essentia
Coach, United States
 

#46. Create an Innovation Club and give Parties

Innovation is at the heart of an individual's personality. Others may think the same way if an organ... Sign up

 
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Dr zahra gheidar
Consultant, Iran
 

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

Building on my suggestion for @Creativity Training: In fact, we are born with creativity capacity. D... Sign up

 
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WAFULA BENJAMIN
CEO, Kenya
 

#48. Reengineering

I' d like to reinforce the reengineering concept to stimulating the mind to pick on better options r... Sign up

 
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Ceferino Dulay, Jr.
Philippines
 

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

Although problems present opportunities for innovation, the bigger challenge would be innovations to... Sign up

 
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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 for creativity and innovation: #49: Establish a p... Sign up

 
4
Alan Kennedy, Canada
 

#55. Do not Mandate Creativity; Nurture It

Wow! What a great set of responses to Professor Palacio's seemingly innocent question on how to stim... Sign up

 
1
Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States
 

The Skunk Works as Important Metaphor

@Alan Kennedy: Your example of the Skunk Works is right on the target, especially within the context... Sign up

 
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Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

On #30: Creativity and the Ampersand

Dear all, creativity needs an environment that caters to experimentation wherein this ‘area of self-... Sign up

 
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Ofori Cassandra
Teacher, Ghana
 

#56: Creative and Innovate Efforts Should Not Be Discouraged

@Arif ur Rehman: I am a teacher in a public school where the rules, regulations and restrictions are... Sign up

 
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Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

On #56: Creativity, Innovation and Discipline

Any innovation that does not start from management is some form of a challenge to authority. How thi... Sign up

 
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Bernhard Keim
Business Consultant, Germany
 

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

Creativity depends on culture of an organization. Creativity means that people are driven for change... Sign up

 
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Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

On #56: Creativity, Democracy, Leadership

@Ofori Cassandra: A ‘true leader’ by definition is in line with his associates. It is only when ‘dem... Sign up

 
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Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States
 

Transparency and Democracy are not Synonymous Except in Retrospect

@Arif ur Rehman: I would say that a true leader defines the trajectory of his associates, moving for... Sign up

 
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Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

The Leader's Trajectory

@Tom Wilson: Entirely true, Tom. Obviously the trajectory has to be chartered by the leader wherein ... Sign up

 
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Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States
 

Management as a Performance Art

@Arif ur Rehman: Relative to your perfectly framed comment about loving chaos, management is a proce... Sign up

 
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Anneke Zwart
Student (University), Netherlands
 

#58. Establish Employee-led Innovation

It has been recognized that innovation is not only a result of top-down investments in R&D. Rather, ... Sign up

 
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Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

On #19. Innovation Committees and their Decisions

@Albert Anthony D. Gavino: The only problem with your committees is that they have been described a... Sign up

 
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Ceferino Dulay, Jr.
Philippines
 

#61. Ask Many Challenging Questions

Creativity is not something that you plan for and do at any given time. It is spontaneous. A spark i... Sign up

 
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Samoletov
Coach, Russian Federation
 

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

@Essentia: I arrange small celebrations of innovation success for all employeed (pizza party on the ... Sign up

 
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Prabhavathi A
Coach, India
 

#63. Create an Idea-driven Organization

In India and many other places, people work just to earn money. They never actually own the process.... Sign up

 
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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

#64. Boredom

Boredom can also be a driver to make an individual more creative. See the research by Park, Lim and ... Sign up

   

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