Creativity In Action: How To To Improve The Creativity & Innovation Of Your Team At Work

Before a Creativity & Innovation Meeting, I send out this questionnaire to each of the participants and ask them to fill it out before the meeting. I analyze the questionnaire and design some parts of the meetings to deal with them. I present it here in hope it will motivate you to use it with your work group.

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DEAR PARTICIPANT:

Please fill out the following Innovation Checklist. Your answers will be discussed openly with your work group.

CREATIVITY is….

INNOVATION is….

A CREATIVE & INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENT is one in which ….

PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY….

3 WAYS YOUR COMPANY MIGHT BE MADE MORE CREATIVE & INNOVATIVE ARE.…

How innovative is the job you do?

What problems do you have with innovation in your company?

What helps you innovate most at work?

To what extent are they present or missing?

What interferes with innovation in your work?

How might you change this and still accomplish work objectives?

What could you and others do to make your work more innovative?

When and where do you get your best innovative ideas?

How can this be made to happen more often at work?

What kind of hearing do innovative new ideas get in your company?

What problems do you have selling innovative new ideas?

What are the problems with the rewards for innovation in your company and how might they be improved?

What is your personal view of your company concerning innovation?

How available is information in your company to help innovation at all levels?

What 3 things might be done to increase innovation in your company?

What are some first steps?

Please complete these statements:

1. I think creativity is

2. While I am creative, I feel

3. The biggest help to my creativity at work is

I want to learn to be more creative because

The biggest obstacle to my creativity at work is:

(6A) Think carefully about an innovative accomplishment by yourself or by one of your people that

(a) you are proud of,

(b) was greatly appreciated within your company, and

(c) led to new patents, a new important process, or profits.

Describe the creative accomplishment here.

(6B) The biggest help to creativity & innovation prior to and during its development was…..

7. I need the following from my job environment to be more creative:

How creative and innovative do you think you are?

9. (A) Think carefully about an attempt at an innovative endeavor by yourself or by one of your people that flopped. Describe the innovative endeavor that flopped here.

(B) The biggest spoiler of the innovative endeavor that flopped was…

To what extent are you responsible for stimulating creativity & innovation in others?

11. I think the most and least I can reasonably expect from this Checklist is ….

Write what you would like other people to know about your creativity and innovativeness.

PLEASE LIST 3 OR 4 INNOVATION PROBLEMS YOU WANT TO WORK ON….

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And checkout my 2016 book:

“CREATIVITY FOR UNCREATIVE PEOPLE: 

How To Be More Creative Than You Think You Are.” 

CLICK HERE AND HERE.

©2017 by Edward Glassman, PH.D.

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Edward Glassman, PH.D., Professor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, founded the Program For Team Excellence And Creativity at the university. He led scores of problem-solving creativity meetings and creative thinking workshops-seminars for many large and small companies.

He was a ‘Guggenheim Foundation Fellow’ at Stanford University, a ‘Visiting Fellow’ at the ‘Center For Creative Leadership’ in Greensboro, NC, a Visiting Professor at the University Of California at Irvine, and a Visiting Scientist at SRI International in Palo Alto, California.

His book: Team Creativity At Work I & II: Creative Problem Solving At Its Best,” is available: CLICK here AND HERE.

Another book:R&D CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION HANDBOOK: A Practical Guide To Improve Creative Thinking and Innovation Success At Work” is also available.   CLICK here  AND HERE

About the Author
Ed Glassman, Ph.D., is professor emeritus and former head of the "Program for Team Effectiveness and Creativity," in the medical school of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was also a visiting fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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