Actually there are multiple killers. I’m not saying that creativity has been wiped from the earth, but these are the types of people who will stop a good idea dead in its tracks. In a recent article from Fast Company, Andrew and Gaia Grant, authors of Who Killed Creativity? And How To Get It Back, introduce us to some insidious professional killers and recommend ways to stop them.
You need creativity in every aspect of your organization. Even your accountants get better results when they use a little creativity. Here are a few killers that I’ve seen first hand.
The Control Crew
This is the person who fears the possibility of independent thinking and seeks to oppress it. They force systems upon everyone so that they can be comfortable knowing how everything works and exactly what outcome to expect. In this scenario creativity is smothered and never has a chance to gain any sort of momentum.
The Pressure Pack
The Pessimism Posse
Seeing the worst in a situation, or an idea, keeps you from making any progress. It also brings blame into the game which then brings on guilt, which are both fast-acting poisons to creativity. This killer eventually creates a sense of self-doubt within the creator making it impossible for any creativity to make its way to the surface.
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