Check out the six strategies you might want to follow to enhance your creativity, that I shared as part of my university work with the AHRC funded project called Clwstwr Creadigol, The project aims to put innovation at the core of media production in South Wales. The academic team is a collaboration between Cardiff University, the University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University.
“1. Creativity is likely to be even more important in the future job market…
My recent thoughts, published in “The Conversation”, on how creativity can bridge the divide between science and humanities education for schools, colleges and universities.
A nice article by Tuukka Toivonen and Carsten Sørensen on how coworking spaces need to evolve to support the creative journeys of individuals and teams more effectively.
A new piece of research highlights the importance of focusing on the well-being of employees to increase productivity and loyalty.
“Happiness works. Happy workers are up to 12% more productive than those that aren’t”.
and suggests that aspects such as supporting flexible working, trusting employees and encouraging openness and sharing are important for their happiness:
“The office can be anywhere … Within the next decade, 60% of office-based employees will regularly be working from home.”
“54% of employees want to be measured by their outputs.”
“Design spaces to encourage ‘bumps’ and discourage ‘interruptions’.”
It is worth reading the Journal article by Sonja Lyubomirsky called Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change. In her article she talks about different factors affecting happiness, some that are in people’s control (“Intentional Activity”), some that are related to genetics (“Set Point”) and some that are related to “Life Circumstances”, such as demographics and the effect of certain personal life events. She suggests that we can make a difference to our level of happiness by focusing on “intentional activity” aspects, however she also points out that this requires effort. She divides this “intentional activity” into three types of effort: behavioural (such as exercising or being kind to others), cognitive (such as reframing situations or being grateful) and volitional (such as striving for important personal goals) and provides evidence from a range of research on how each one of the three factors has a positive affect on happiness. However, Sonja Lyubomirsky also argues that the effort becomes a lot easier, and more sustainable and enjoyable, if a person can find meaning and value in the activity.
Sonja Lyubomirsky also highlights how “happy people gain tangible benefits” including “superior work outcomes (greater creativity, increased productivity, higher quality of work, and higher income; e.g., Estrada, Isen, & Young, 1994; Staw, Sutton, & Pelled, 1995), and more activity, energy, and flow (e.g., Csikszentmihalyi & Wong, 1991)”.
Shawn Achor builds on these findings in his entertaining TED talk on “The happy secret to better work”