When information keeps coming from the same place, teams may find themselves in a creativity echo chamber.
Instead of generating fresh lines of thinking, people keep bouncing back familiar signals that often get in the way of creativity and progress.
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Constructive conflict can produce creative solutions. When teams engage in rigorous debate, they are often forced to examine underlying assumptions, challenge the status quo and evaluate competing views.
The process of perspective-taking can yield new insights that jumpstart creativity and workflow.
Teams that operate with psychological safety consistently deliver creative breakthroughs and report high levels of interpersonal trust.
Psychological safety is that sense of confidence that their team will not embarrass, reject or punish them for speaking up
Leaders need to set the right conditions for creativity to flourish: first, by understanding the strengths of their employees, then by designing work environments to leverage those strengths.
But if you want your team to find its next big idea, make sure people are listening to voices that sound different than their own.
This well is the place you take all your ideas (no matter how abstract they are) and get them stored as actual information, so they can be used.
Get your ideas into a recorded state. Doing this over time means your idea well becomes both parts of your brain and a physical extension of it. Use a notepad, Pinterest or any place you find suitable.
It helps to prevent misunderstandings and conflicts. It can help to defuse a potentially explosive dispute while bad communication can set it off.
The key to creating innovative solutions is to bring together a diverse group of people to tackle every project from Day 1.
Having an interdisciplinary team with varying skills and knowledge, and working so close together, can be challenging to manage.