When a person is new at a job, initially he/she has a lot of questions to ask and a lot of new to learn. Eventually, the pattern settles in and establishes into a groove. But dangerously, this groove can often transform into a rut where all creativity escapes the system. It can typically set in when a recurring pattern gets established at work, obstacles can be observed at all times or when a lack of self-importance sets in. It can also happen when there is a need to conform with the crowd or any idea is rejected simply because it failed earlier under a different avatar. At such instances, certain techniques are known to be helpful to escape this rut. One of them is to think something new. Instead of fearing obstacles, they must be embraced as the best of business innovations occur when the need arises to change. One must seek out intersections between various departments as it is at such points that the best of creative juices emerge out. And in today’s sharing economy, it is always a good idea to not let information rot in silos, but to share the data available.


Uploaded Date:07/07/2017

There are certain factors hindering the fruition of creativity at organizations. Especially true about the American mindset is a near blind belief in government policies where people want these to work. Unfortunately, in the real world, none of the policies can have instant results, they require time to bed. Thus there is zero tolerance for bugs to be weeded out gradually. There is also a generational issue. It was expected that the millennial generation would embrace business innovations with greater zest, yet they seem quite reluctant. Many of the younger people already face a lot of fear indoctrinated and cannot afford any failure. Although things are gradually improving, yet it is very difficult to promote creative thinking at an early age because youngsters do not generally appreciate ambiguity, so a uniform code needs to be adopted to some extent. With time and changing technology, it will be all the more important to induce creativity among people in order to increase productivity. A lot of changes may not be desirable to all the groups, but nonetheless they will make an impact.


Uploaded Date:02/06/2017

A lot of studies have been conducted to gauge the significance of diversity at the workplace. It has emerged that organizations that have significant number of women in strategic positions, tend to do better. Of course, the corollary could also be true where some cynics would imply that this trend is because organizations that are doing well, tend to involve women in senior positions in order to appear favourable. There are organizations which are focused on singular items in unitary markets, while there are others with a nationwide or even international footprint. In the former, not much of diversity is required, while obviously much more is desired in the latter kind of organizations. Thus companies must look at talent recruitment and its further management as data driven towards company goals, rather than patterns that appear nice. Imposition of diversity for the sake of it will not bring company benefits, but once the organization realizes its bigger role, diversity will be a natural by-product.


While hard work and discipline are extremely important in order to bring business innovations to market, it is the moments of inspiration or ‘aha’ moments without which none of the efforts will be of any use. Thus processes need to be put in place by organizations and economies at large to generate such creativity. Such creative forces can either be developed deliberately or through spontaneous eureka moments. It has often been believed that creativity is better fostered in multicultural environments. This hypothesis was put to the test by a team led by a professor from renowned MBA institute INSEAD. It was realized that merely traveling to foreign countries for short gigs or tourism purpose does not bring any major benefits. Instead it is living abroad and immersing in the local culture that does. That is why several creative geniuses such as Picasso, Hemingway and Stravinsky have developed their masterpieces while living abroad. A professor in Israel’s Tel Aviv University has also confirmed that the concept of integrative complexity gets boosted by taking in multiple perspectives or view points. A professor in Singapore meanwhile confirmed that even in the art of cooking, best results came out when several cuisines such as Asian and American were fused together. This is why decisions such as Brexit or the anti-immigration rhetoric among several political parties in Europe and North America are dangerous for generating innovations in business.



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