When I was young, I thought I wasn’t creative. I dreaded going to art class where my projects never turned out as good as my classmates. While in business school, I attended a seminar by Dr. Epstein, a longtime psychology researcher. He said that many of us feel like we need permission to be creative possibly due to a teacher who shut us down when we were young. He actually recommended that we close our eyes and daydream to help us boost our creative output at work.
If you are anything like me, you are constantly thinking about ways that processes can be improved at work. I ask myself, “Why are we doing it like this when we could do it much better this other way? Why do I have to use this old database when new technology can do this for me in 5 minutes?” (One of the main reasons I started my own business so I could do it my own way).
Unfortunately, new processes and ways of thinking are not always welcomed by companies which makes employees scared to voice their ideas. According to a recent article by Inc.com, often the most cost-effective source of ideas is right in front of managers. So how can managers make employees less reluctant to come forward with their good ideas?