View Full Version : Question of the week: How do you manage for creativity?
04-10-2011, 11:47 AM
One of today's biggest challenges in managing others has got to be how to employ a management style that encourages, even fosters creativity. Some of the difficulty in answering this questions lies within your definition of managing people in the first place. Is a manager also supposed to be a leader? Or is his/her job to make sure that all team members work within a system?
What do you think?
How can you best create an environment that allows you to manage creativity?
04-11-2011, 11:30 AM
Hi Joe and company - I just had a teabag with the tagline: "A relaxed mind is a creative mind." I think that sums it up for me. If I'm straining my brain, it usually helps to take a walk, sit with a friend and a cup of tea, or just go for an all out workout at the gym. New ideas emerge reliably with this method and I think this teabag was a great reminder for me.
04-13-2011, 10:17 AM
Laine, perfect phrase from a tea bag! nice.
04-21-2011, 11:14 AM
Joe, reading this article Herding Cats - Managing Creative People (http://lateralaction.com/managing-creativity/) made me reflect more about your question.
05-01-2011, 10:23 PM
Great book would be Drive by Daniel Pink...some ideas: give some freedom for individuals to pursue side projects, be vary weary of "carrot and stick" models...use rewards when your employees aren't expecting them.
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