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Three Star Leadership | Wally Bock | How to have a more creative team without changing the people

Encouraging creativity within the team

In order to make sure that the team members make the most of their creativity, leaders should focus on creating working spaces where individuals feel at ease with each other and, therefore, feel free to share their ideas. Furthermore, it is essential that your team's creativity is acknowledged and praised.

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Three Star Leadership | Wally Bock | How to have a more creative team without changing the people

Three Star Leadership | Wally Bock | How to have a more creative team without changing the people

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Encouraging creativity within the team

In order to make sure that the team members make the most of their creativity, leaders should focus on creating working spaces where individuals feel at ease with each other and, therefore, feel free to share their ideas. Furthermore, it is essential that your team's creativity is acknowledged and praised.

Handling your team's ideas in the best way

When encouraging your team's creativity, you might find it useful to try all the new ideas they provide as soon as these have been introduced.

This way, your employees will feel trusted and appreciated. Moreover, you will most certainly have a nice surprise discovering that, at the very end, all this results also in an increase in productivity.

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