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the Good with the Bad
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Have to Be a Little Different
Take The Good With The Bad
We've all been there. Sitting in another brainstorming session with a facilitator encouraging everyone to support a co-worker's concept. A little wary of the idea, we remain silent. It could be a great idea, but there are some crucial questions. Yet we are not allowed to show any resistance-- just support, support, support. We fight the doubt and continue the session with questions in our mind. However, creativity experts disagree about the importance and role of positive and negative feedback in such sessions.
Creativity is not a natural process. In fact, as logical as it seems, creativity goes against the natural processes of the brain. It involves trying new ideas that have never been thought of before, making something work when it had previously been unimaginable, and creating a norm from something which had previously appeared off-the-wall.
Many times business environments stifle creative development. Little change and advancement occurs because new ideas are not encouraged. Tom Peters defines an innovative atmosphere as one which "encourages employees to break away from the rules and embrace creative input."
Creative ideas are generated in an atmosphere which allows for many concepts to be produced at one time. There is no set way to accomplish this. Different approaches work for different companies. However, debate occurs over whether positive or negative feedback better stimulates creativity.
Conflicting Feedback Enhances Creativity
This type of environment results in a higher turnover rate and dissatisfaction among employees. But Berglas says people who feel a commitment to an idea do more than just talk the talk. They are more likely to stand up for their viewpoint, define it and defend it and this allows the creative juices to flow.
Denial is the Death of Creativity
Most Companies Find Middleground
Justifying and listing the advantages of an idea continue to be important. Seldom will management turn their noses at something new when it's backed with sound judgement. Carlineo continues that unless possibly detrimental to the life of the company, most won't resist a fresh idea potentially leading to success and advancement. It may be the one thing needed to give you that edge over a business competitor.
The speed with which projects and ideas reach the workplace
today demands instant reception and development. Creative ideas are important
for success. Brainstorming, committing one's self and taking a chance in
the form of positive and negative feedback are three steps to enhancing