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Time to get creative!

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Everybody wants to be creative, right? Here are some tips for bringing out creativity in yourself and your team:

Make the effort. Everyone has creative potential. If you don't feel creative, you may need to make a more conscious effort to activate that potential. This is especially true when you consider what to expect out of your team members. If you don't ask for creativity, you won't get it.

Take a chance. Many efforts at creativity produce unexpected results; you may get what you want, or not, or something you're not sure how to use. Without being willing to experiment, you won't get anything at all.

Challenge the status quo. Why do we do this thing this way? Could it be done differently? Do we have to follow all the rules? Call into ques­tion all the established patterns and procedures you're following now.

Get involved in new things. Vary your schedules and work rou­tines. Even small changes in proce­dure can spark big new ideas. And revamp your downtime activities as well. Go to different places and talk to different people. New learning means more opportunities for fresh thought.

Capture your ideas. Get in the habit of writing down ideas when­ever they arise, and review them reg­ularly with your team. Even if they aren't what you need, they're food for thought that will stimulate new ideas in turn.

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