Creativity and the SCOPE Principles of Leadership

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Scope Principles of Business Leadership- Creativity

The second foundation of the SCOPE Principles of leadership involve, fostering an environment of creativity in the culture of your company.

It is essential for any business structure to remain open to new ways of operation.  How do you create this type of environment?  There are 4 things you can do as a business leader to encourage and capitalize on the creativity of your subordinates that will not only help your business but will also boost staff morale.  

It is proven that workers who are encouraged to share ideas are happier and more fulfilled at their jobs.  This translates into a reduction in staff turnover, reduced productivity from training new employees, employees who will work harder to make your job easier and the end result of efficient company operations which equals increase profits without spending a dime.

#1 Encourage competition.  Assemble idea or production competitions between departments or employee groups.    Make it a monthly or weekly competition and keep a record of the results.   This thrill of competition will foster an environment of working together (and against one another) to improve the company.

#2 Encourage Play.  In weekly meetings set aside 5-10 minutes to toss the idea ball.  Create a name for the time (Something like Creative Catch or Idea Toss) on the agenda and incorporate it into the culture of the meeting.  Toss the ball to each member where they give an idea to improve operations to the group. 

Keep a written record of the ideas to reference.  It would be beneficial for all levels to engage in this practice.   This not only encourages ideas but also, includes everyone and creates a relaxed environment. 

Many individuals have terrific ideas that can improve the company but they are never spoken.  The idea game encourages them to think about improving the company; it helps them feel inclusion in the direction of the company and makes it fun.  All these increase the probability of workers remaining in their positions and more fulfilled in their jobs. 

#3 Give out a recognition award to an employee of the month/week/year if you do not already do so.  Many workers feel as though their efforts are unimportant and their work becomes unfulfilling they may feel as though they do not have a purpose.   Recognition in any frequency encourages increased motivation for workers and gets more out of the workers you have.  You could even encourage each department to have their own recognition awards.

#4 The most important way to invoke an environment of creativity is to demonstrate it yourself.   Allow yourself to have a little fun in the office now and then.  There is a time for seriousness and a time to relax a little.  You will be surprised to see how your subordinates will change their attitude and may actually enjoy being at work seeing you relax a little.  Life is stressful enough.   

From a young age, we are taught to work hard and strive to be powerful, and in our culture that is what equals success.  The truth is you are only successful when you work to elevate others to attain their potential.  Using your status and position to elevate others and increase the self -esteem of your subordinates will not only elevate your company but also you will be elevated as a result.   

Sheryl Monteil has worked extensively in the non- profit sector for the past 13 years.  She has a degree in Psychology with the emphasis in Rehabilitation studies.  Sheryl's interests include self improvement and physical health.  She strives to help non- profits further their mission by working with them to set company goals and boost staff morale.  She is passionate about upholding workers rights and assisting management in learning how to motivate workers and improve productivity by using the SCOPE Principles of Business Leadership. 
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