We're facilitating many of our client projects remotely at the moment. Learn more about our expertise in this area.

Keith Sawyer rocked our Twitter chat!

Creativity & Innovation

Individual creativity

  • Research shows it helps to work on multiple projects; then you get ideas by connecting them
  • Leave the office. Talk to someone you’ve never met. Read a new magazine. Learn to juggle!
  • Travelling fosters creativity: anything that exposes you to different concepts and visuals
  • Freelancers are the ones who can provide the weak links among orgs, and benefit from multiple projects

Organisational creativity

The most innovative organizations have collective and shared incentives, because those encourage sharing and collaboration (e.g. profit sharing distributed equally across the organisation, no individual rewards)

  • Lots of research shows that social networks can drive organisational innovation
  • Creative leaders spend a lot of time recruiting, interviewing, and mentoring their staff
  • Don’t punish failure; give time to explore unofficial projects; provide time off for idea incubation
  • The culture should be one that welcomes failure, and where ideas are considered to be shared by everyone
  • Virtual teams are good for idea generation and selection, but not true collaboration
  • “Strong ties” are typical within teams. But they need to be connected, mostly by more casual friendships
  • “Weak ties” means you need connections that range across the org among people that don’t work together

To view the full conversation, just search for #creativehuddle on Twitter. Thanks again to Keith, and a big thank you to all our participants for some great questions!

Our Twitter chat is held every Tuesday from 12pm – 1pm UK time. Everyone’s invited!

Find out more detail on Keith and his books here: www.keithsawyer.com

You may also like…

Using Scenario Planning to think about the future

Using Scenario Planning to think about the future

Because of the sheer variety of ingredients involved, there isn’t one defined future that is set in stone and that will apply to everyone in exactly the same way. Use an approach like Scenario Planning to consider alternative futures.

How we run remote workshops using MURAL

How we run remote workshops using MURAL

Collaborating online gets less attention than straightforward video conferencing but it’s where the action is. Here’s how we use one of the most popular whiteboard apps in our meetings and workshops.