Jumpstart Team Creativity
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Author: Sarah A Scala, M. Ed & OD, ACC
In 2018, Sarah Scala Consulting partnered with MindEdge Learning as a subject matter expert on Team Creativity, Innovation, and Employee Performance. I was interviewed to produce video content about specific topics that were incorporated into their online learning courses for MindEdge’s clients. For the course focused on Creativity in Teams and Organizations, Creativity was defined as the generation of new ideas, while Innovation was defined as commercialization of those ideas to create value. This is part of a blog series about this project.
What are effective ways to jumpstart creativity in a team or group when they seem to be blocked?
One suggestion to jumpstart creativity includes giving space and time to reflect. When a group is stuck it's often a good idea to not continue with the the issue that you’re trying to provide a solution for, and instead give the team a break. Another tip: research shows that going on a walk by yourself or with a partner produces 60% more creativity!
A final way that helps spark creativity with teams that are stuck is to participate in team building or team development programs. Giving people an opportunity, out of the office, to connect and strengthen their relationships while learning more about each other is a simple way to spark creativity and openness within teams. Check out some of the solutions that we provide in the areas of Team Development, Team Simulations, and Team Coaching.
To learn more, see my short video on Sparking Creativity in Teams
How have you Jump-started creativity with your clients or organization? Comment below.
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Meet the Author: Sarah Scala
A dynamic consultant, coach, and educator, Sarah Scala provides organization and leadership development, executive coaching, succession planning, change management, public speaking facilitation, and team development solutions. Her work transforms performance of executives, leaders, and teams, helping them reach their highest potential. She supports US-based and global clients across cultures, generations, geographies, and diverse industries.
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