How would you build a creative team?
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
It would be a grand adventure to assemble a creative team to tackle some big, important business objective. At least that is what I think, standing from a great distance away. I imagine how interesting it would be to find the best of the best and presto, this imaginary team would be unstoppable. I am assuming that is how the process works.
In truth, with every new hire, I have the opportunity to be adding essential skills to my current teams. Each position requires matches to the open job and the other people on the team. It is like a dance, where the end production can be wonderful or disastrous. In selecting talent, remember – Putting all of your star players on one team can stifle creativity. It makes sense to be mindful that all things that are fair are not necessarily equal.
Once the right balance of people are assembled, the creative process can begin. The meandering, percolation and repurposing of ideas where seemingly random connections are formed into something new. Not only is the creative process good for the team, it helps the individual contributors. For a More Creative Brain Follow These 5 Steps – outlines how to move a team towards common goals.
The people are in seat and the creative process is underway. Now it is time to understand – What is Creative Leadership? Without the right kind of vision and goals, even the best performers will struggle. Leading a creative team, with the challenges in the business world today, has never been more critical to get right. The days of command and control are over or ending soon. Time to flex your creative leadership muscles, no matter if you are leading a team or yourself.
How Your Office Space Impacts Employee Well-Being, covers the implications of employer responsibility towards the place where people are spending so much time everyday. I mean, technically there is no obligation to create a nice workplace, but turnover will be high and employee engagement will be low otherwise. The balance of power really is being held by the workforce and they are exercising their rights.
You have the team assembled, skillsets are matched to roles, the creative process is thriving and the workspace is chill – now it is time to add the finishing touch. The mission statement. But, not just anything will do. In Start With Why: 10 Mission Statements Simon Sinek Would Approve – there are excellent examples of creative and innovative calls to action, which will inspire the whole company.
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“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson