Against a backdrop of uncertainty, economic turmoil and unprecedented change a new picture is emerging of the skills and traits for success (and perhaps even simply survival) in the modern era. At the heart of this essential skillset for the future lies... creativity.
Creativity is essential in the world of work. It forms the basis for the number 1 strategic aim for companies the world over and is in crisis in our classrooms. Yet, you might be left with the impression that little is being done to identify, assess or develop creative capacity. Sadly, you would probably be right.
Public sector organisations are going to be asked to do more with less. We simply cannot maintain services with huge budget reductions by seeking efficiency.Instead it is time to get radical, get innovative and look for startlingly new ways of working. At the heart of these efforts MUST lie creativity.
Time for a little soul-searching… Does your organisation take Career Management seriously and invest appropriately? Are you being creative in how careers are approached and managed? Is your organisation scared that investment in Career Management will result in employees leaving? What about you? Are you actively managing your career?
"Creativity" is employed to refer from literally any artistic product of a child through to the intricacies of the theory of evolution, the poetry of Shakespeare, the music of Bach or the ingenuity of the Apple company. How then, are we to refer to creativity at work to drive organizational performance?
In the finest tradition of maintaining attention in this media, message, saturated world I am going to approach my first series of creativity blogs with a list - the twelve step programme of organizational creativity.