Management 3.0 Module: Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace

“I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.” – J.G. Ballard

Creativity is imagining. Innovation is doing. There’s no doubt that, no matter what the size, your business needs to foster creativity and innovation together to stay competitive and to retain awesome teammates.

We could list the examples of the 50 most innovative companies from this list or that, but, as we know, often those companies end up topping the bummer lists too. Our next Management 3.0 workbook will share the stories of great companies large and small actually creatively inspiring innovation and innovatively inspiring creation. But first we’ll give you a preview of the delicious ingredients.


Seven Rules for Creativity Managers

What is a creativity manager? They are the natural leaders in any setting who want to nurture diversity, break boundaries and be the innovators in their industry. Here’s the common formula they all follow, knowingly or not:

  1. Nurture diversity.
  2. Create markets.
  3. Rely on merits
  4. Make no predictions.
  5. Update the workplace.
  6. Change constraints.
  7. Open boundaries.

The goal is to look at your organization with the diversity and beauty of a coral reef, where you recognize there needs to be freedom for creativity and innovation.

But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel! While we as a society have a long way to go, there are amazing examples for us to follow. And, in the meantime, foster an atmosphere of open conversation and ask your teammates!

And why not try some of these with your team tomorrow?

Is your team doing awesomely creative and innovative things? Tweet us photos of it @Management30!

Want to experience the life of a Creativity Manager in real life? Come join your peers in becoming Management 3.0 practitioners at a Workshop Near You!

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