There are not a lot of people like Thomas Edison, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Elon Musk who were in the right place at the right time using their skills and talent to innovate creativity. Creativity alone is not sufficient. Innovation requires you to be creative in implementing new ideas and using the creative mindset leader’s have to inspire their employees.
As the leader of your organization, you face unprecedented challenges internally and externally. Creativity is often described as the catalyst to innovation, and creativity does not need to be left up to chance. New ideas and new thinking are today’s currency and are required to tackle the increasing complexities in your workplace. Creative leadership involves divergent thinking, multi-layered idea generation, organizational climate, and managing the creativity and innovation processes. In order to thrive, you must innovate and constantly seek new and different ideas.
A majority of CEO’s cite creativity as the most important leadership quality required to cope with the growing complexity of today’s workplace. Leaders must solve increasingly complex challenges that require new and different thinking. Creativity is a vital skill, yet leaders admit they lack the necessary knowledge to promote its growth.
Igniting Your Innovative Mindset
Innovative Mindset: means being able to generate creative or novel solutions to problems that result in improved performance. “There is always benefit in exploring fresh thinking with people outside your company who can look at an opportunity and provide insights that you might not generate internally” – Frank Tataseo, EVP, Strategy for The Clorox Company.
By igniting your mindset toward innovative ideas, you inspire your employees to tackle challenges that ignite their mindset to be more creative and innovative. The Innovator’s Mindset starts with a growth mindset described by Stanford University professor Carol Dweck. The basics of having a growth mindset for an innovator include: Accepting Uncertainty, Seeking New Experiences, Broadening Your Repertoire, Detecting New Growth Opportunities, Managing Risk through Action, and Ultimately Succeed in New Situations.
Formulating the Challenges
Turning problems into innovative challenges needs to have your employees use their creative thinking of ideas to generate value. In order to turn a problem into a creative challenge, you need to deconstruct the problem so that you can identify its causes and consequences. Innovative leaders & employees think both in & outside-the-box to how they see the challenge they need to create & produce breakthrough results.
Leaders need to constantly motivate their employees to high performance. It’s the role of leader’s to harness creativity and productivity among employees. Going beyond finding creative solutions to business process challenges, your leadership helps employees develop new mental models to meet new challenges. Achieving breakthrough business results often requires unique approaches towards tough problems.
Creating Breakthrough Ideas to Achieve Innovative Results
Innovation is one of the most sought after, talked about attributes in business today. Breaking paradigms and thinking “inside and out-of-the box” is crucial for achieving breakthrough results. Companies depend on workers to come up with the innovative ideas needed to keep them competitive and thriving into the next decade.
To survive and thrive, your leadership depends on your employees being empowered to see things differently than “the ordinary” and to use an “entrepreneurial mindset” to think more critically in creating and producing creative innovations. With creative thinking being an essential skill, leaders look to high performance employees to use their skills and talent in order to take ideas and create and produce the breakthrough results only they know how to innovate.
Sustaining creative innovation within your organization may have you reach for breakthrough coaching whenever you need to move forward to the next level of results. This helps your employees get more inspired and motivated for the next level of challenges they will be asked to create and produce.