Chapter 20


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, Art
is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams

The most suppressed of human potential is the creativity of humans.

This is because humans are taught by an inherently limiting system of doing what they see and are told by those around them viz, parents, teachers, and friends. We are put into a box of limitations from the time we are born.

Thinking and acting outside this box becomes a daunting task that only few venture out of. Hence thinking and acting differently requires conviction and courage.

Some people seemingly do have a genetic disposition to being more creatively inclined. However for most people to develop a creative bent of mind, requires effort.

The first step is to have sensitivity to your environment and people. You should be aware of your surroundings and have a child like curiosity. You should be willing to take risks and experiment.

You need to have an open mind to new ideas, no matter how absurd. Some of these could then evolve into sensible actions and breakthrough developments.

Creativity needs time, patience and persistence. But above all it calls for the right attitude.

In an organization it is important to make creativity, a regular, ongoing, organization wide, way of life. How do you do that? By having a variety of ways to encourage it.

Recognition and rewards would be welcomed.

Being open to any and every idea without ridiculing any would be encouraging.

Recognizing that even the lowest level person in the organization could come up with ideas worth a lot to the organization, would encourage a free flow of creativity.

Encouraging continuous innovations throughout the organisation and making it part of the organizationís culture, is the best way to spur organizational creativity.

Last but not the least is to create an atmosphere of fun, to stimulate creativity!

When creativity is

unleased, amazing results