At the age of 19, my first management boss did my review. He said, “You’re doing really well, but I want you to be more creative and come up with ideas”. The next few weeks consisted of me sitting at my desk racking my brain for ideas…but nothing came. Sometimes you can try too hard!
Some people are naturally creative in different areas. My creativeness developed as I got older and gained more experience. To a certain extent, it’s down to belief in yourself. That really started on a different level once I had my own business. When you surround yourself with creative and successful people from other companies, it stimulates ideas further.
I often find that I am considerably more creative when I am not “in” the business but sitting on the outside. Being without day-to-day responsibilities allows your mind to think “outside the box”. Often I find it useful to think about the ideal outcome I would like. That allows me to work through a solution to get the perfect outcome.
Some people use meditation and visualisation techniques daily to keep their mind in the free flow state. If you do this every day it does help with those blue sky ideas.
If you have problems at times with being creative, don’t panic. Explore ideas with other colleagues and your peer group by asking lots of questions and visualizing the perfect outcome.
Having built and sold my SME, I now work with SMEs. I understand their model by embedding myself in the senior management team so I feel the heartbeat of the business. All areas are covered, but the four questions that we work on solving are: How do I grow my business?, How do I achieve client excellence?, How do I make more profit?, and Does my business model deliver?
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