We often forget how important creativity is. Every child is creative, but somewhere in live we lose our creative abilities. I think our creativity gets crushed under the massive pile of books that we have to learn by heart in various educational institutions, and after a while we are so focused on learning things by heart and to do everything the right way, and suddenly there’s no room for creativity.
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.
I don’t think we realise how valuable creativity is in our personal lives and in business. Let’s start with taking a look at the importance of creativity in the business world. Creativity is vital in the creation of new products, new ideas, advertisement and problem solving. If you look at it creativity is vital in every process of most businesses, because most businesses follow this pattern. You first have to create the product or come up with an idea of a service you want to sell. Then you have to advertise the product, and you always have to solve problems, and many of these problems won’t have a straight forward solution, and therefore you have to be creative.
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
Edward de Bono
The personal benefits of creativity are different. While you in business use creativity as a tool to succeed, the personal benefits of creativity are joy and peace. Creativity is a great way to express your emotions, and think we all have experienced how good it’s to express what we fell. This isn’t about how you express your emotions, but that you do it. Another good thing about being creative is that you use the right part of your brain. The left side of the brain is the side you use the most in the daily life, and it’s main tasks is logic, facts, math and language, and after a long day at work this part of the brain will most likely be tired, and therefore being creative and access emotions and imagination will rest the left part of the brain, and use the right side instead. This will be relaxing and give you new energy.
Personally I try to paint as often I can. I’m not a great painter, but I enjoy it, and it’s a great emotional release. What creative spare time activities do you have?
Different types of leaders use different methods of motivation, to motivate the employees. The two classical motivational methods are known as the carrot and the stick. The carrot is that if you work well, you get benefits, and therefore the employees will work as hard as they can to achieve these benefits. The stick on the other hand takes advantage of the employees fear to make them work as hard as they can, so they don’t lose their jobs.
Personally I prefer using another motivations method. Instead of motivating people by giving them money or threatening to fire them, I prefer to make the work a purpose in itself. I believe that people who enjoy the work they are doing they will do it well, and be effective. To make this work there you have to hire people who are passionate about their work. This is easily seen in a job interview. Personally I would rather hire someone who is passionate about their work, than someone that has excellent credentials and is indifferent, because a person that is passionate will yearn to learn more about their field of expertise, and therefore they will improve over time. Passionate people also improved the work environment. Have you ever worked with someone that was indifferent? It is a pain! They don’t carry their share of the work, and become a burden for the rest.
To just hire people who are passionate isn’t enough. Step two is to make the work environment pleasant. There are many studies that prove that breaks, plants, good lighting and social encounters outside work actually makes people work faster. The short version is, make the office interior nice and pleasant, but not cozy, give them long enough breaks so they have time to eat, chat a bit with coworkers or just relax a couple of minutes, but not so long that they lose focus, encourage coworkers to socialize outside work hours, and last but not least as a CEO, VP or any type of leader, be accessible for questions, and be friendly, but even though your main goal is to be friendly be direct and crystal clear about what you tolerate and what you don’t tolerate.
This is just my preferred method. If you do it differently I would love to hear how you run your company!
“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
― Helen Keller
“A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Cancer Ward
I believe you can choose to be happy. It may sound strange and even a bit delusional, but I’ve experienced it first-hand. You can choose to be happy no matter how your circumstances are. I’ve have a lot of friends that whose first response was “Do you want me to say to myself I’m happy, I’m happy, I’m happy, I’m happy… until I am?” The answer to that question is no. You don’t choose to be happy by tricking yourself to be happy, but by actually be happy.
It’s all about focus. What you focus on you become. The key of choosing to be happy is to focus on the things that make you happy. If you focus on how bad everything is you’ll get depressed, and the same way will focusing on things you’re grateful for make you happy. Take a minute now to think about all you’re thankful for…
When you feel sad next time, think of those things, and focus on what you have, and not on what you don’t have. It is also a good idea to make a list and carry it with you at all times.