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Great Leaders Ask Great Questions

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” —Voltaire

When it comes to creativity, asking the right questions provokes your thinking for great results.

Many leaders, managers and supervisors do not know how to probe for information from their employees, colleagues as well as their own boss. Instead, you may make assumptions based on their actions. How many of these assumptions are wrong, yet you do not question them with the right questions? Asking the right questions to spur innovation to solve the problems, challenges and difficulties you have in front of you does not trigger defensiveness. It typically is seen as being constructive and a thirst for knowledge and understanding.

Most people do not know how to frame a question for understanding. Many leaders are not aware of the power asking the right questions result in. Some people think that when you are questioned, it is not asking for feedback to help understand situations. Actually, asking the right questions need to be listened to carefully and then thought of before answering.

“You can’t solve a problem until you’re asking the right questions.” – Unknown

Before asking a question where you want a great solution to a problem, challenge or difficulty is when the question is thought-provoking. Your questions need to make people actually use their creative thinking skills. By having others think about the question, they need to take the time to generate ideas that move the solution toward a positive response.

Unleash the Connected Potential of Your People

When working with a team of collaborative people, asking questions to challenge beliefs and assumptions of a project is definitely what you want to do. Follow-up questions gives you an understanding of the ideas you want to convey in the project as well as how things will be put together for a better result than ordinarily expected.

Leading By Example

“I’m always looking, and I’m always asking questions.” – Anne Rice

Your employees need to ask questions just as your leader asks questions. As leader, you are the one who your employees need to follow. Asking insightful questions is what every employee needs to do in order to achieve great results. In being open to new ideas, each team member/employee needs to share their thoughts and opinions regarding the project.

The Way You Ask Questions

“Management teams aren’t good at asking questions. In business school, we train them to be good at giving answers.” -Clayton Christensen

The way you ask questions is critically important. In asking open-ended questions, you start with “Why”, “How”, “What”. Questions that start with any of these gives you a fresh challenge to assumptions and beliefs.

On the other hand, closed-ended questions call for specific responses such as “Yes” or “No”. These types of questions start with: “How many…”, “Do you agree…”, “When”. Closed ended questions focus on facts.  Leaders who like to maintain control focus on these questions.

Having Courage

Having the courage to ask questions that challenge others helps to bring out the perspectives other people have of the same situation. This can be thought-provoking as you get to see how those who are fearful of asking questions put themselves out in expressing their thoughts. The courage to ask uncomfortable questions that are different from what others ask can be what is needed to achieve creative results.

Developing Yourself Mindset

The idea of asking questions demonstrates the thoughts, opinions and mindset others have. How curious your team is with regard to expressing their thoughts, ideas and opinions tells a lot how others see the same situation. Building a team with a curious mindset helps the organization through

Teams with a high level of curiosity are more creative and perform better than those who are not curious or not expressing themselves. Being an important contributor to the problems, challenges and difficulties on your plate help generate more effective work results.

Move Beyond the Basics

Too many companies discourage questions from their employees. Get past the groupthink of how everyone else asks and answers questions. Think different in the questions you need to ask. Identify 3-5 ways you ask questions in your work culture that contributes to your competitive edge.

We’ve all experienced times when we’ve failed at being good questioners, perhaps without realizing it. Asking questions that get great results moves your creative innovations forward while at the same time, they improve your employee’s performance. Ask empowering questions to foster curiosity and creativity.

The Curious Leader

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” -Walt Disney

Welcome to the era of the curious leader. Success may be less about having all the answers and more about being curious to explore an idea with asking questions.

Existing businesses and business models face disruption everyday as creativity and innovation expands into the workplace. The exploration of possible solutions, how people generate and create ideas in order to flourish, leads to more and more questions for improving from where you are right now.

“Curiosity is the engine of achievement.” -Ken Robinson

A curious leader is an inquisitive leader that sets an example that inspires creative thinking throughout your business. By laying out the foundation for your employees to follow, you set the company culture. Brian Grazer calls this “leading-by-curiosity” where you help generate more ideas from throughout your organization. At the same time, you raise employee engagement levels.

“Question what you know; explore what you don’t.” – Dan Rockwell

Embrace Curiosity

Curiosity leads you down new paths to keep exploring for greater breakthrough results. This is important due to the fast-changing innovative business environment that surrounds you. In being curious, it requires a change in leadership style in managers and executives. Curious leaders take the risk to try new things and to see things from a new or different fresh perspective. In this circumstance, you would continually ask questions of “Why”, “What-if”, and “How”.  Ask a number of rapid-fire questions to get a better understanding of the work you and your employees are working on.

Curious leaders identify drivers and strengths of the work teams to ensure employees fit for what the projects or tasks are. Successful leaders thrive on new ideas and fresh perspectives by asking questions that are opposite the traditional or conventional ways of getting things done. Whereas stagnant leaders typically accept routine ways of completing the same tasks often accepting mediocre results.

What Kind of Leader Are You?

Some leaders go about their daily routine either in the ivory tower not knowing what their employees do except to be productive on the work they have to do. Other leaders are the curious type where you are curious about things either by asking questions, interacting with employees or even get interested in the actual work employees do to produce what they are working on. Which one are you?

Curious leaders respond from a position of wanting to gather information and try to understand what employees are doing and how their productivity is.

How to Stay Curious:

  • Listen Very Well
  • Ask Questions
  • Keep an Open-Mind
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new – even if it means you might fail
  • Continuously Looking to Improve on Things
  • Focus on Problem Solving
  • Don’t be afraid to consider ideas that might disrupt the status quo
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Take Calculated Risks

Rekindle Your Curiosity

Ask questions and be open to new ideas, challenges, and ways of doing things. Open-mindedness and curiosity often lead to calculated risk-taking, one of the hallmarks of innovation. In this time of great change for manufacturing, leaders must stay curious.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” -Albert Einstein

Quiet Leaders Know How to Get Things Done

“Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.”

  • Jim Rohm

There’s no one-size-fits-all kind of leader. When you think of a leader, people think of someone who is social, makes strong decisions, someone who is brash and overshadows others. Typically, people think of a quiet leader as someone who is an introvert. In various situations such as in a creative organizations leaders play a slightly different role than you might expect.

Through the successes introverted leadership does not mean you are powerless. Sometimes, people don’t realize that you need to be quiet in order to make the real noise of the organization. Remember, actions speak louder than words.

Over time in working with leaders, I’ve noticed that great leaders don’t monopolize conversations. They guide their employees. Understand that most introverts are overlooked by many in organizations for higher positions. What these extroverted leaders don’t realize is that introverted as well an ambiverted employees are actually your best employees.

When you’ve got a team of stars, working under an extroverted leader, the employees are told what to do, how to do things and have others lead them to the conclusion of the project. Typically, extroverts like to work with no structure yet their leaders put structure on them.

On the other hand, employees working for an introverted or quiet leader, they are given the assignment and they are left to find the solutions to complete the project. In this case, typically introverts who prefer working with structure give their employees a more unstructured way of conducting business. This approach has been found to achieve higher productivity with greater results.

Many quiet leaders hide their quiet introverted selves from others. Many don’t even know if a leader is quiet, introverted or an ambivert. Some of the most effective leaders who get things done are introverted by nature. Sometimes being a low-key leader does have its advantages.

Characteristics of Quiet leaders

Quiet leaders are task-focused and let their actions speak louder than words. Quiet leaders are powerful. They focus on action instead of words.

Thinking First Before Speaking: With careful consideration, quiet leaders know how to respond to others ideas and present their own views.

Asking thought-provoking questions that make people think about the specific topic or focus at the moment.

Have a tenacity to solve difficult problems. When taking any risks, quiet leaders take calculated risks so as to having a back-up plan if the first one does not work.

They do not make high-stakes decisions- Often not at the top of an organization, quiet leaders don’t typically have the spotlight on them.

Quiet leaders often are out of your comfort zone due to the challenging situations you are in.

Listens carefully and does not ignore others. Quiet leaders are more attuned to listening to others in order to commit to what others ask or say to you.

Learns from mistakes made and improve for yourself and for leading your employees.

The next time you are in a meeting, ask yourself who is actually in charge of the meeting? “Usually we assume that the leader is the one who talks first and who has the most to say. The one who listens may not be your first choice.” Are You a Quiet Leader?/August 9, 2015 by Sean Swaby.

Those of us designated leaders and primarily quiet leaders have a leadership style that varies depending on the situation we are in at the moment. Our specific traits as mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. There are others that are used on a daily basis.

Many extroverted leaders have started using some of these for themselves. You may realize to get more accomplished with greater results, the quiet way may be best for your leadership style as well.

Leaders Allowing Employees to Break Rules for Creativity

Typically, leaders know the rules to inspire, motivate and just explain get employees to be productive in the work they do. Yet, in today’s business climate, the use of creativity and rules come into play in different ways from the traditional or conventional way of getting things done.

The challenge is in finding the balance between leading employees and having employees be creative and innovative. Since creative types are a different breed, they are less worried about profit, less tied into the world of MBAs and bottom lines. If you lead your team too tightly, you run the risk of creating narrow-minds and inflexibility. If you lead your team too loosely, the team can fall into the trap of perpetual creativity, but accomplish nothing.  Your objective as the team leader is not to swing too hard in either direction.

In most respects, creativity has rules to help you change the habits you have of conventional or traditional ways of getting things done. It is important to know the rules before you consider breaking them.

If you think for a minute or two about all of the rules that you conform to as a) individuals and b) groups then you will be surprised at how long the list is. Your list might start something like:

I begin work at 9am and leave at 5pm

I only work Monday to Friday

I must get my timesheet in by 5pm on Friday

Only senior managers can use the covered parking spaces

We must answer the telephone within 5 rings

… And the list goes on. Create your own list and see how many could be broken without affecting anybody else. By keeping a list of these rules in mind, you can balance between what you can and cannot do.

We all conform to rules and create boundaries which become constrained by for one reason or another. Try breaking some rules and see what happens, don’t think of it as breaking rules, instead think of it as stretching your boundaries.

Breaking the Rules for Creative Innovation

There are those times when you need to realize that creativity does actually have rules. They are not the same as traditional or conventional company rules. When you know enough to realize that rules decrease your productivity, it’s often a good time to break them. Rule breaking, of course, means risk.

“Rules can be broken as long as you work for a company that is comfortable with disruption as a defining them for growth,” says Roy Cohen, career coach and author of The Wall Street Professional Survival Guide.

Hiring Differently

Hiring creative and innovative people are not the same as hiring an employee for a profit making company. You need to look definitely “outside the box” in tapping creative people for generating ideas for greater breakthrough results. Their experiences and unique abilities and capabilities with how well they collaborate with team members are very important.

Creativity boils down to breaking the rules

No one likes to be thought of as a conformist who is afraid to take a chance and break the rules. “When you know enough to realize that the rules don’t make sense or seem to bog down productivity, it’s often a good time to break them,” says Mark McMillion, founder of Clarksburg, West Virginia based McMillion Leadership Associates.

“You stand out by breaking the rules with your business- doing things no one else will do.” -Julie Austin

Calculate the risk of staying where you are and conducting business as you have been versus getting out of your survival mode or getting a jump over your competition to thrive beyond your expectation with being creative and innovative.

Rules are made to be broken when creating and innovating. Traditional rules hold back creativity and innovation breakthrough results.

A good team leader lets the team know the general direction where it’s heading, and trusts everyone enough to carry on. That is not to say that the team leader is completely hands-off, but it means that they have confidence in the group to move forward without her micro-managing every detail.  If the work is going too far off the rails, the team leader needs to step in and keep everyone on track and moving forward.

“If the rules of creativity are the norm for a company, creative will be the norm.”

– Jim Gilmore

Creativity’s Role in High-Performance Organizations

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” -Henry Ford

Think of the most creative and innovative organizations you know. These same companies are the most high-performing organizations in the world. So what’s the connection between creativity and performance?

It comes from staying ahead of what everyone else is doing. These businesses do things differently and they do it better. So the only way to get better is to do things differently than others.

Challenging Your Beliefs and Assumptions

Your creative thinking requires you to challenge your preconceptions and assumptions by asking questions. Those who work creatively in high-performance organizations ask unique thought-provoking questions in order to go beyond re-framing the problem into manageable small pieces to work with.

Communicating with Employees

Recognize that creative and critical thinking are two sides of the same coin. Everyone is a communicator who needs to transmit ideas clearly and efficiently in a variety of media. Communicate frequently, talk and listen in equal measure, engage in frequent informal communication and explore for ideas and information.

By communicating well with employees, leaders of high-performing organizations work with employees with regard to the work that is given. High-performing organizations have a commitment to employee communication where they explain the why of doing things and the commit to being persistent in achieving the outcomes they are looking for.

Leaders need to understand their employees in order to understand how employees generate ideas to solve the problematic situation they are assigned.

Always Being on the Cutting Edge

Staying ahead of your competition can be challenging. By starting this way, a handful of businesses end up on top because of the different ways you create and produce the products and services that help move you forward beyond your expectation.

By unlocking the power of creativity for cutting edge innovation puts you in a better position to try different ways in getting things done. Creativity is the essence allows you to do something new which never existed before. Creating better ways than before gives you the opportunity to produce the things consumers want.

High performance innovation teams bridge any shift of their mindset for understand different perspectives in how to solve what they are given.

Businesses face difficult challenges every day. How your organization meets these problems, challenges and difficulties determines how well your organization is doing and how well your employees are developed to exceed in finding the solution to these situations.

 “The things we fear most in organizations – fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances – are the primary sources of creativity.”– Margaret J. Wheatley

Creativity Readiness

Are you ready to engage your employees to be creative and innovative for generating ideas for producing high level breakthrough results? Even with inspiring and motivating your employees, as leader you need to develop employees for working within teams in order to be more productive than they may expect.

Encouraging your employees to use their creative thinking skills does welcome them to put some fun into what they do. Your employees need to have the right attitude for becoming habits that become patterns to help them be more relaxed while achieving higher level performance. Some employees may not be used to the unconventional ways to reach greater goals than they have previously. This is where the leader needs to prepare employees for doing things differently and get greater breakthrough results.

“Some people have better ideas than others; some are smarter or more experienced or more creative. But everyone should be heard and respected.” -Jack Welch

How are you doing things differently to get better?

To succeed in the 21st century every organization has to be a creative organization.

Are you ready?

Ready to move forward to become a Creatively High-Performing Organization, if so, contact Burgis Successful Solutions. We will help you reach your goal.


Leading with Presence to Communicate New Ideas

You have a powerful presence, influential, a creative leader of highly engaged and motivated creative and innovative employees. With the creative innovations you have, you want to sell your idea results to your clients. How can you communicate these ideas to others?

Your great ideas will go nowhere without the great communication you provide. Beyond just presenting to executives in your organization, you need to lead with presence to communicate new ideas to prospective clients outside your organization. Knowing what to say and how to say it are just as important as how you dress, walk and stand when talking to others you want to buy your ideas.

“The goal is to provide inspiring information that moves people to action.”

Guy Kawasaki

With inspire confidence and empower listeners, your presence holds your audience for you to communicate your new ideas for your prospective clients to buy from you. Sparking your prospective clients with thought-provoking ideas needs you to use your presence when you communicate new ideas to them. Your effective performance needs to have your prospects sitting at the edge of their seats listening to how your idea can help make things more efficient in their operations.

Delivering a presentation ultimately means delivering a performance. Making a connection with your audience is hugely important when presenting. This means having good eye contact with your audience.

You know how to generate ideas, create those ideas and produce those ideas for business breakthrough results within your organization. In taking your ideas to the next level in communicating your ideas to prospective clients, you need to demonstrate your presence not just in the way you walk and stand, as well as in how you speak and talk about your idea.

Bringing your passion and enthusiasm in while you talk about your ideas does essentially get people’s attention.

Framing your idea in terms that resonate what your prospective clients need is how you wake up others in getting them to

Using emotion to wake-up your audience to getting them to understand why your idea matters to their needs is of big importance.


“Audiences forget facts, but they remember stories. Once you get past the jargon,

The corporate world is an endless source of fascinating stories.”

-Ian Griffin

Make your idea as relevant as possible. This makes sure your prospects can achieve the results you mention. The more your idea rescues your prospects from struggling the way they do currently the better. Paint a precise picture of what the problem, challenge or difficulty others experience, the more the will consider your idea.  You want to show that the current status quo is unappealing to your prospects. They are not getting the results they want.

Once prospects can get behind your idea, work with them to influence at least 10 percent of their employees. The reason for the 10 percent is because researchers found that groups of people of 10 percent are big decision-makers that will get the majority of employees to adopt their belief and the idea.

“It always comes back to the audience you’re trying to reach, and the way they think about their problems and desires.”

Brian Clark

As a business leader, you can’t escape the need to communicate. Harness your exceptional communication skills to deliver confident and successful presentations. Inspire others as you get buy-in by connecting your unique ideas for effective and efficient work environments.

“Communication works for those who work at it.”

John Powell

The Brilliance of Ridiculous Ideas

Let’s talk about brilliant ideas that meet the ridiculous, or is it ridiculous ideas meet brilliance!

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha

You may ask yourself “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”

Coming up with an idea isn’t really the hard part. You may have a lot of good-to-great ideas since you have a lot of potential.

Think for a minute that everyone has million-dollar ideas, but people rarely act on them.

Once in a while you may come up with a brilliant idea. After some time you may think that’s really ridiculous, and then let go of the idea altogether. Your idea either gets rejected by others, or you don’t concentrate on it and it fades or disappears.

“You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.”

– Pablo Picasso

Now let’s think about the idea of Brilliant Meet the Ridiculous.

This is where ridiculous ideas are actually brilliant when you really think about them.

Think back on some ideas that were ridiculous yet brilliant. These include:

  1. Wearing a robe backwards without tying it known as a Snuggie.
  1. Taking a rock and yes people paid money for it known as a Pet Rock.
  1. Initially, a spring was slinking away became a children’s to known as Slinky.
  1. And yes, there is even a pillow that has arms to hold you while you are sleeping.

There are a lot of brilliant people who talk about ridiculous ideas. Think about any technology you use today, at one point in time was considered well ridiculous.

Start asking thought-provoking questions.

Generate ideas. Just remember, for every 100 ideas you come up with, at least 3-5 are your best.

Be excited about the ideas you come up with and in what you are working on.

Many ridiculous ideas become “cutting edge” then they become the “norm”. Then it’s time for new ridiculous ideas.

“Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.” – Jim Rohn

So the next time you have an idea that may seem ridiculous…

Be Ridiculous & Create Something Brilliant

Leaders Bringing Out Creativity from Your Employees

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.” -Ken Robinson

In today’s winning companies, leaders look for every advantage as possible. Those leaders of creative and innovative organizations know how to take advantage of the opportunities they have in their employees. These resources are of using the creativity and innovation your employees have within them for generating greater breakthrough results.

Creativity is very important to organizations that want to solve new problems, fix current ones and be innovative in their industry. Bringing out the best in your employees for higher performance is what leaders typically want and need to do. So, how do you bring out the best creativity in your employees you may think works the same way? This is not necessarily true.

Various factors are required for creativity and innovation to take place. You cannot command or demand creativity to take place in an instant. It is not an overnight development.

“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued. “ -Ken Robinson

Ask for ideas from your employees. Make sure everyone on your team knows that they ARE paid to think!

Encourage Creative Environments

“You can’t just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and get the best out of them.”

-Ken Robinson

If you want your team to be more successful, then you need to create a creative work environment. By allowing your employees to generate, create and produce results, you need to give them to room to breathe and be themselves with you giving them the resources they require to do the job.

Ask new employees immediately for their ideas. This puts them in the position to jump right in after getting to know how the team works. Having the right culture with the right employees can help you break down problems and bring your designs to the next level.

Empowering Your Employees

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” -George S. Patton

Letting your employees generate, create and produce the breakthrough results needed for the assignment they are given allows them the opportunity to use their own creative thinking skills to work on the problem, challenge or difficulty themselves. By doing so, you put trust in your employees.

Brainstorming Sessions

Allowing your employees to brain storm on their own, let’s them be more open with ideas flowing, and for them to choose the best ideas without any judgments or criticisms from others. In conducting a brainstorm session, each work team can be themselves and effectively … Afterwards, generating practical action plans for arriving at their proposed solutions helps your employees increase their confidence in …

You need a plentiful supply of new ideas in order to choose the best ones for the solution you and your team works with.  Set realistic goals to motivate your employees or let them set their own goals. Acknowledge their efforts to solve the problem, challenge or difficulty they are working on.  As the leader, be open-minded about creativity and the work your employees conduct. Allow them to speak up with regard to their ideas and how it will help.

Encourage Positive Morale in the Workplace

Giving positive feedback or criticism can be in the form of helping your employees improve their creative project or to help either with generating a better idea or even combining ideas to build on each other for greater results.

When faced with a time crunch or nearing a deadline, working long hours, feed your employees! A lot can be said about ordering in a couple pizzas to help get ideas flowing. This is a recognition telling your employees you really appreciate their work.

As a leader, making sure that your employees generate and create the right solutions to the right problem ultimately boost your company’s bottom line.

“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.”  -Elaine Agathe

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Start Being Creative in the New Year 2016

“May this New Year bring many opportunities your way to explore every joy of life. May your resolutions for the days ahead stay firm turning all your dreams into reality and all your efforts into great achievements.” -Unknown

And the winner of the 2016 Business Creativity Award goes to YOU- for Generating, Creating and producing the Best Business Breakthrough Results from Your Great Ideas. This can be your business.

Happy New Year- Now that it’s 2016, you already have your goals set, and your creative thinking is in place. What you are missing is the how and where to get started with actually generating ideas for creating and producing innovations.

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

-Oprah Winfrey

The idea for your business to be creative and innovative is for you not just to stay in business, but to thrive beyond your expectation.

The start of the year is a great time to gear up to start your business anew. Of course, you first need to figure out a winning concept. Most likely you have come up with a lot of great ideas to be successful, you now have to take action on them.

The creativity and innovation of your business shows how you can shine through generating and creating ideas that come from your most valued assets- your employees. Your employees can generate your organization’s best ideas as long as you reward and recognize them and of course make use of what they present. On the other hand, when a problem, challenge or difficult assignment comes into your workplace, allow your employees to generate and create solutions to produce the result that is it needs.

Ask Yourself “What’s Next?”

Surpass your goals in 2016 by using hard goals. Essentially, start with success goals you can achieve. Then gradually make your goals more challenging and harder at the same time. This helps your employees prepare for the next levels they need to achieve for success.

There is a huge opportunity waiting for you. Take advantage of it. Don’t wait for the right time. Become creative and innovative now even with starting on small tasks is better than waiting for long periods of time when you think the time is right. Too many people missed opportunities that were right in front of them and are still waiting for their big break.

Change your perspective of how you look at things by doing other things. This helps you not stay focused on something you may get stuck on. The other things can help you think of how to get unstuck on the work you are doing. Think both inside and outside the box, or create a new box and re-start your project for a fresh start.

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Overcoming Fear to be Creatively Confident

From the time you were a child to now, how creative have you been? If not at all, why not? You are already a creative person filled with ideas that you are not using to your advantage.

The book I recommend is Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom and David Kelley. These brothers, partner and founder of the IDEO organization look at the idea that people are creative even though many don’t consider themselves being so.

The bottom line is where you may have experienced a negative event when you were a child trying to be creative and innovative when other people made judgments or criticized your work. You then became sensitive to what was said and took it to heart. That may have been enough for you to stop showing how creative you wanted other people to see.

On the other hand, in school when your classmates gradually stopped being creative and innovative, you stopped as well. This is where Gordon McKenzie, a creative director from Hallmark Greeting Cards documented the faded work of creativity in schools had taken place. He observed that children in both kindergarten and first grade felt they were two-handed artists when McKenzie asked “How many artists are in this room?” He found that beginning in fourth grade the number of creatives faded to about 5o percent. Then in sixth grade, the number of creative artists dwindled to only 2 or 3 in a classroom of 25 to 30 children.

Since everyone is creative, most people don’t use their creative thinking in putting out the effort to think of ideas they can work on. Instead, they believe they are not creative and keep that inside themselves as a fear. Fear is the single biggest obstacle people face to creative success.

In order to reduce even eliminate your fears regarding creativity and regain your creative confidence, Stanford University Psychologist Albert Bandura developed Guided Mastery. This problem helps you look at your beliefs, effectiveness and how to improve through gradual successful activities. These creative activities get harder over time. They also address the fears you have and help you move forward. Understand that if you are not confident, your fears will block you from becoming confident.

Creativity and innovation is widely accepted as a driving force behind your business thriving beyond survival mode. Most employers today hire people who are creative and innovative. They must demonstrate this during job interviews with various creative questions asked of them. These go beyond the question accordingly Microsoft asked when they first started with Why is a Manhole Cover Round?”

In understanding Creative Confidence, you will begin to understand how you can create a better you through unleashing your creative potential beyond your expectations.

“Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.” -Edward de Bono

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