• LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+

Become a connoisseur of people’s ideas

by on
in Best-Practices Leadership,Leaders & Managers

For you to lead in a competitive environment, you have to choose the best people, have the best information and recognize and support the best ideas.

To encourage creativity, you don’t have to be creative yourself. But you do have to become a connoisseur of creativity who can recognize good ideas and people.

“Nowadays, we believe that all it takes to produce creativity is to get people to ‘think outside the box,’ to be more imaginative and original,”says creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. But without the right information and a supportive community, “creative thinking alone has no chance of producing anything worthwhile.”

To recognize the best people, look for interest bordering on obsession. It takes a person genuinely in love with a branch of work to push beyond what is known, beyond where it is safe. Of course, you want to make sure the person is competent and honest, but what differentiates the creative worker is intrinsic motivation:the willingness to do the work for its own sake.

Hire those people, listen to them, use their ideas whenever you can, credit them and reward them.

— Adapted from “The Context of Creativity,” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, The Future of Leadership, Jossey-Bass.

Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!

Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...

We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.

The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.

" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/7437/become-a-connoisseur-of-peoples-ideas "

Leave a Comment