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Trapped in an Echo Chamber? Break Your Best Ideas Loose With These 3 Simple Tips

Make it safe to disagree

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

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Trapped in an Echo Chamber? Break Your Best Ideas Loose With These 3 Simple Tips

Trapped in an Echo Chamber? Break Your Best Ideas Loose With These 3 Simple Tips

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"Creativity echo chamber"

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.

Push the boundaries of debate

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.

Make it safe to disagree

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

Build teams with rival talent

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.

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This is the ability to reach beyond a specific field of expertise and create new uses for an older thing. It’s about taking one thing and using it for a different purpose than intended.

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Leave room for real dialogue

Interdisciplinary teams have to leave room so that real work can get done. Because they have multiple projects, they try to limit the loss of brainpower by working for days together on one project instead of jumping between tasks.

Working together in this way ensures that people know everything that is going on, and this allows for debate and questioning that comes with bringing diverse thinkers together.

‘Psychologically safe’ environment

Successful teams allow for mistakes. The team members feel safe to be as creative as possible.

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Effective communication

... is imperative for every successful business. Poor communication inevitably causes misunderstandings, confusion and conflicts that hinder productivity and professi...

Effective Communication is vital in business

  • It helps to create effective brand messaging.  It determines how your brand is perceived and also builds trust with customers.
  • Customer service relies on good communication. "60% of consumers have stopped doing business with a brand due to a poor customer service experience."  Microsoft’s 2016 Global State of Customer Service Report.
  • It enables positive team relationships.  Effective communication helps to unite teams and create a safe environment to express themselves.
  • It helps to prevent misunderstandings and conflicts. It can help to defuse a potentially explosive dispute while bad communication can set it off.

Worst Communication Mistakes

  1. Using a One-Size-Fits-All Communication Approach. Tailor the communication style to the intended audience.
  2. Speaking More and Listening Less. Listen to what is said, how it is said, and to what is not said.
  3. Assuming Instead of Asking More Questions.
  4. Using Negative Tone. Choose words carefully to eliminate negative reactions.
  5. Avoiding Difficult Conversations.

  6. Reacting, Not Responding.

  7. Not Keeping an Open Mind. Accept and respect differences, listen without judgment and consider all sides of an issue.