We are such a creative bunch

Two things occurred to me this morning.

  1. Humans are naturally a creative bunch
  2. We are more than willing to share our creations

How do I know this? Just look at the number of mashups (video, audio, software, & services) that are created everyday.

My questions is. Why in a personal lives are we so openly creative but when when get inside an organisation we shutdown?

Could I be so bold to say because of the organisational culture?

It has been written many times that organisations are striving for innovation, collaboration, and creativity from their employees. So you would think a management team we would want to ensure we have an environment to foster this openness and creativity.

But we don’t.

Just think of the benefit to your organisation if these 2 girls (I would embed the video but my WordPress theme keeps borking when I do) had focused as much of their time and energy on a new product for your organisation as they did on making this video? Would your organisation be better off?

We should all try and do one thing everyday to ensure our organisations foster this open creativity that humans so desperately desire.Full credit needs to go to Laurel Papworth for inspiring my brain with this simple post.

2 thoughts on “We are such a creative bunch

  1. Would they have been as inspired to create something around a product or service?

    One of the reasons I like the opensource, distributed work model, is that you can ask the consumer to create an ad to a brief and, somewhere amongst the billion ppl on the net, one person will come up with the right thing. Otherwise you are relying on a minuscule pool of talent to create for you, on your timelines šŸ™‚

    Hey Michael I’m going to mention your blog in reference to HR at the Social Network conference in Dec, ok?

  2. Laurel, yep certainly can mention it.

    “Would they have been as inspired to create something around a product or service?” Well there in lies the holy grail of employee engagement. If you have an engaged employee population, then they will be inspired to create the new product & service for the organisation. I know it’s an ideal world I live in :-).

    On open source could not agree more!

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