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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Educating to be Creative in the Workplace | Mark Craemer, Workplace Wrangler, SeattlePI.com

Craemer's article is filled with wise thoughts about creativity--or the lack of it--in schools and the workplace ... and what to do about that problem. Here are some samples of what he writes:

While better communication skills and the ability to work together effectively are vitally important and also the primary focus of my consulting work, I believe this lack of creativity is what may be holding back not only our workers, but perhaps our entire country from fully competing in this new economy. ...
Creativity ultimately requires a willingness to make mistakes and be wrong, which are the very things schools often discourage most. When the goal is primarily if not entirely to get each student to answer a test question correctly, this avenue to creativity is no longer of value. ...
And if the company wants workers to develop curiosity and imagination, then that company must accept that there will be missteps, mistakes, and bad decisions along the way. This is a part of learning and an essential part of being creative. Only then, through this trial and error process, can workers and companies embrace the benefits of creativity for problem solving and innovation.
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