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I Want to Break-Free: Thinking Creatively to Survive and Thrive

Ahead of our Thinking Creatively to Survive and Thrive webinar with Loates HR Training Consultant, Annie Litchfield, read our blog below which may help prepare you and get you started in your business.

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Thinking Creatively to Survive and Thrive - 22nd February, 2pm - 4pm

Rethinking and reconfiguring the way we work can be tricky when established patterns are in place and familiarity is comfortable. The pandemic has pushed most of us out of our comfort zones and made us reassess the way we do things. But how easy is that to do? How creative are your teams?

In 2019, LinkedIn identified creativity as the most important skill in the world and the World Economic Forum placed it third on a list of top 10 skills you need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.

Management Consultants, Mckinsey and Company in their article, ‘Sparking creativity in teams: An executive’s guide’, identify that creativity is something that can be taught and developed. Managers and leaders can develop their creative outputs with the help of techniques that change their perception. By stepping out of our habitual thinking we can begin to identify new and novel ideas.

 

Immerse Yourself

Get out of your day-to-day situation and immerse yourself in the problem or issue. Experience things from the employee, customer, or stakeholder perspective.

Challenge Long-Held Beliefs

If you often hear phrases such as, ‘that’s the way we have always done it’ and ‘our clients wouldn’t like that’, ask the question, why? Challenge the preconceived ideas and long-held beliefs that exist in your company.

How Would Apple do it?

Consider how other companies would solve your issue or problem to generate imaginative ideas rather than to replicate. Consider how Apple would launch your new product. How would Disney change up your customer service? How would Tesco develop your loyalty scheme? You may also want to consider how your competitor would tackle the same issue.

Six Thinking Hats – Edward de Bono

In your next problem-solving meeting, try using Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats method to ensure you consider the issue from all angles, such as feelings, facts, the positives, the negatives, and the creative options.

Thinking Creatively to Survive and Thrive - 22nd February, 2pm - 4pm

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