WHY CREATIVITY COUNTS
A NEW WORLD REQUIRES A NEW LEVEL OF THINKING
Business is not the same as it used to be. In the old world, there was one correct answer and employees needed to get to it quickly. The focus was on streamlining and efficiency - convergent-type thinking. In the new world, everything is changing so fast that there is no 'one' answer. People need to take time to find new solutions. We need to think creatively. We need divergent and associative thinking. Workforces are getting stuck, because our industrial-revolution style schooling didn't train us to think flexibily enough and with imagination. We'd rather wait for our manager to tell us what to do. Now even the managers are stuck.
CREATIVITY CAN BE TAUGHT
Creativity is a mindset and a skillset that can be developed like any muscle. Creativity or creative intelligence, is not magic, it's not artistry and it's not a talent that you have to be born with. With guidance and prompting, anyone can set their minds to developing their creativity. Although a mindset shift can happen in a moment, creativity, like fitness, should be developed and maintained throughtout one's life.
PRIORITISING INNOVATION TODAY IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING POSTCRISIS GROWTH
Studies have shown how companies that invest in innovation during a crisis, recover quicker and outperform their competitors when the crisis is over. 84% of executives think innovation is important to growth strategy, yet 6% are satisfied with their innovation performance.
CREATIVITY IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS
A business that invests in creativity is more likely to foster innovation, have more satisfied customers, be competitive, provide a better customer experience and be financially successful. Interestingly, though 60% of CEOs in an IBM study said that creativity is the most important quality in employees, only 3 out of 10 people feel that they are living up to their creative potential.
IF INNOVATION IS THE GAME ON FIELD,
THEN CREATIVITY IS EACH PLAYER'S PHYSICAL FITNESS.
ARE YOUR PEOPLE CREATIVE ENOUGH TO TAKE ON THE COMING DECADE?
These may be signs that they are not :
- Lack of curiosity - few questions asked, people keep doing exactly what they've always done
- People 'staying in their lanes' not connecting or collaborating with other funcational or regional areas
- Hardly any humour or laughter comes out of the team
- There is no tolerance of mistakes, an over-emphasis on high performance with zero failure
- No learning offered to develop creative intelligence
- Brainstorming sessions run out of steam after the first 5 minutes
- People are reluctant to share ideas for fear of being shot down or looking foolish
- Low interest in learning and development, team does not read much
- No process for exploring new ideas
- No strategy, targets or goals for innovation
WE'LL HELP YOU BUILD FOR THE FUTURE
Our passion and purpose is to foster robust creative thinking in individuals, leaders and teams. We believe that there's little more powerful on earth than a fully charged creative mind and that creativity is an essential building block for organisations of the future.
WHAT WE DO
HOW WE WORK
We're seeing many organisations in need of developing creativity and innovation. It all starts with a shift in mindset - an understanding of what creative intelligence is, the importance of creativity in the workplace and how the neuroscience behind our creativity works. It's important for senior leadership to understand these concepts so that they are not only ready to support creative growth, but also to role model it themselves. Since the Human Resources function is tasked with managing (not owing) the levers behind corporate culture, it's vital that this group is empowered and equipped with the mindset and skillset to drive this culture transformation together with senior leadership.
We just love sharing what we know and inspiring people to learn!
Our in-person workshops are unique, refreshing and transformative. We make our live virtual training engaging and interactive. Our video-based online courses are personal and impactful, with lots of practical activity and community support.
Whether you need new perspectives, new ideas or new solutions, we can help to faciliate your thinking. If you are missing opportunities or just feeling stuck, using an external facilitator can help you to achieve breakthrough. We are trained in the Creative Problem Solving Process (CPS) and can help you apply powerful steps and tools to move you forward.
We bring our own creativity to our keynotes, which wlil no doubt surprise and delight you. Our in-person and online talks typically include physical and mental stimulation, creative challenges, personal creativity tests, polls, participant input, global case studies, practical examples and a good dose of humour. (We can't take ourselves too seriously if we are going to get fresh thinking!)
Transforming a culture requires a systemic approach. You don't need to do it alone. We're here to help you analyse and transform your social norms, your rules and policies, your systems and processes, and most importantly your organisation's assumptions and beliefs. Let us partner with you to nurture a truly innovative culture with strong roots that will bear your business fruit in the future.
"The training was fantastic.
Everybody loved it. Some people in the beginning were not that keen but in the end they were all involved and giving their ideas. It was a great experience over all. I think going forward the company is going to really benefit from this." (Team development workshop)
Business Development Manager @ Klaus Engineering
SELF-DRIVEN TRAINING FOR YOUR PEOPLE
Enable your people to build their creative muscle in their own time.
Our courses are your ticket to creative freedom.
Our self-paced learning will equip your employees to develop their creative thinking at their own pace. Choose an off-the-shelf programme or let us tailor one to your needs.
Our video-based lessons are engaging and interactive. Learning is not a spectator sport! Our programmes include physical and mental stimulation, creativity assessments, stories, activities, case studies, exericises and humour.
Our learning platform is secure and simple to use. We can provide you with reports and feedback on progress and even produce leaderboards to encourage teams to hold each other accountable for course completion. Learners can learn in community and we can combine online self-paced learning with live virtual or in-person check-ins and sessions.EXPLORE COURSES
FEEDBACK FROM OUR CLIENTS
Finance Manager, Rays of Hope
Thank you for an amazing workshop today. I got more than I anticipated. It was fun, interactive, informative, creative… Thank you for the wonderful ideas as well. This was one of the most exciting and unique workshops I’ve ever attended.
Marketing Director, Sage
As a manager, what I need to do is make sure that we facilitate this kind of thinking, engagement and way of working, because that is what is going to make our team great.
Senior researcher, University of JHB
Thank you for such a wonderful course. I have thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. For months I have struggled finding motivation to work on my doctorate and thanks to this course I realise now that I have allowed a lot of bad habits and procrastinating to put me off my studies. Now that my creativity has awoken, I am excited and cannot wait to get going again. Thank you for arming me with so much positivity!
CEO, Homecoming Revolution
As a business owner, in an industry that is quite well established, I think that we have to be creative otherwise we are going to fall behind. There is a responsibility on me to innovate with my team. My team had some great aha moments on the workshop. We quite quickly found proper tangible ways to implement the tools. We’ve found definite ways of using what we’ve discovered today in our business to improve it.
"Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important.
It's the only insurance against irrelevance.
It's the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty.
It's the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy."
Gary Hamel, entrepreneur, consultant, author, professor London Business School