As we are developing our creative teams, each of us desire that creativity oozes out of our team as we meet together. I have found that some of my best creativity has been initiated when I was away from the brain storming meetings. So the big question is how do we create a creative atmosphere? How can we access the most creativity out of each team member.
The first step is very obvious, make sure that during your meeting you have creative people. Creative people are all around us. They are the visionaries, the people who have an oceans of ideas and concepts rolling around in their mind bursting to get out.
To set the stage for creativity we need to think through what we need to bring to the table during our brain storming time. Have you communicated to your team in advance the focus of your meeting so that they have time to think through ideas and even bring concepts to the creativity meeting? Imagine if you were meeting to think through staging and multiple team members brought visual staging ideas to the meeting and those concepts led to the perfect set up for your staging. Giving your people time to process ideas before the meetings helps the atmosphere as a whole to be filled with more creativity.
Open to New Ideas
No blocking! For those of you who are not familiar with blocking, blocking is anytime during a brain storming session that an idea is shot down. If you want to lower your creativity then ignore this idea, but when we create an environment that we are open to any and all ideas we spark more creativity. This also gives your team a sense of safety. So ideas that we bring to our meetings may be far from achievable, but sharing those ideas may be the key to unlock our ability to reach the group of people we are trying to reach.
Know Your People
When we are part of a creativity team each of us need to know who is on the team – know their abilities and what triggers their creativity. I know I am the most creative in the morning while drinking a cup of coffee. It really helps spark my creativity! Each person on your team will be different, but the more you know the more opportunities you will have to help draw out their creativity.
If you can think of any other ideas that helps you create a Creative atmosphere. Please let me know – leave comments:)