“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” Dale Carnegie
Over my career I have had at least 12 roles in the same profession, I moved from Nuclear Power, to Aerospace, to Shipbuilding to Education, Car Industry to Retail and FMCG ….
I used to tell myself it was career progression, that I was learning, gathering skills, that I was working my way up the corporate ladder. But in fact, the reason why I changed roles approximately every 2 years was that I was BORED and dissatisfied at work.
You see my pattern went something like this …
- New job excitement, learning new things, meeting new people.
- New areas that need sorting out, systems, processes something to rescue.
- Getting to know the personalities, who knows what and how the business ticks.
- Getting the role under control, delegating tasks back to the right areas.
- Being allowed to be innovative and creative in my thinking until everything would be working better.
- Then 18 months would roll around – I’d be in the maintenance phase, same thing every day, same queries to solve and then ….
- OMG I am so BORED
I found I would unintentionally begin to leave things till the last minute until they became an urgent, and more interesting problem to solve. Until eventually I would get bored with that!
I didn’t want to approach my managers because I thought they would equate being bored with not having enough to do, and so now I would have even more of the boring work. I would be feeling worst, even more bored and thinking “what will I do?”
I know I NEED A NEW JOB!!!
- Job hunting is a bit like internet dating – full of possibilities, researching a new role, a new company, trying to woo a prospective employer. Only instead of a new love interest, you have a new job, different job title, new business cards and more money.
- Going for interviews is like going on dates – everyone putting their best side forward – prospective employers making the role sound interesting and exciting, whilst I as the prospective employee would be promoting my knowledge and capability.
- I’d get the offer, which would come with the buzz and excitement of the new relationship.
- Quitting the existing role was exciting too – delivering the news, watching the reactions. Being able to say “I want to move on, I need more.”
- Then would come the leaving party and I would pack that job in a box, pack it away and start my new life, my new relationship in a new role.
- New job YAY!!! More money, everything is new, new people …. Now go back to the beginning of the cycle.
The thing I found going round and round this cycle was that the boredom began to set in quicker, the excitement of change became less. But what I eventually realised I was continually searching for was …..
- Purpose and meaning
- Creativity and interest
- The chance to shine and feel fulfilled
- To know that I was valued for my uniqueness, to be me, to be accepted for myself
(If this sounds like you or one of your staff book a FREE discovery session with me and lets see‘s see how creative thinking can help.)
If I had once felt along the way in any of these roles I probably would have stayed longer or forever …
If I had been given the chance to be myself, make mistakes, be accepted, allowed to be creative instead of being kept in a corporate box, spoon fed on corporate policies and procedures – discouraged from being an individual, encouraged to be a worker drone.
If my creativity had been harnessed and accepted as not wrong but different how would those companies have benefitted? How would those companies have benefitted if all of their employees were encouraged in that way? How much better would my colleague’s lives have been in creative cultures where making mistakes and learning from them were an acceptable way of working? Where there was more inclusion and outward expression, where standing out is a good thing and being put in a box and being stifled was unheard of?
How many more employees would be able to think outside of the box if their companies had given them permission and the tools to do so?
That is why I became the creative thinking coach ….
As the creative thinking coach my passion is to help change the way management view their staff, how staff view themselves and how they view their managers. My role is to show organisations that they have untapped resources, that not all ideas have to come from the top down, that their staff know a lot more than either of them imagine.
My role is to show staff that their ideas do matter, that mistakes are just learning opportunities and to value “it is not wrong it is just different” thinking. Creative thinking also helps staff to see their team mates as individuals that need to be appreciated as much as they want to be. That no one actually goes to work to irritate or annoy the people they work with.
My role is to show managers how throwing out statements like “let’s think outside of the box, blue sky thinking or outside of the square” without first giving staff the creative tools to do that is counter-productive.
As the creative thinking coach, I show businesses how to embrace creative thinking in their work, to understand that creative activity is not a waste of time it’s like warming up for a race. Showing them how when staff are firing on all creative cylinders how fast the business will grow and how quickly they will pull away from the competition?
How can I begin to motivate my staff with creative thinking?
- Create a culture where it is ok to make mistakes (as long as they are learned from)
- Celebrate success and learn from that too
- Add some colour to your office or workplace
- Create opportunities for your staff to play together – cooking classes, singing classes, creative thinking workshops (activities that stretch their creative muscles)
- Allow or actively encourage doodling in meetings (staff retain 30% more information when they doodle)
- Find ways of having fun together that don’t necessarily mean going to the pub to let your hair down
If you embrace creative thinking in your business …
- Retention rates go up
- Cost of hiring staff goes down
- There reduced stress and more understanding in the workplace
- Greater productivity
- Work life balance is restored
Happy staff, happy manager, happy company, happy customers – what more could you possibly need?
So give these creative thinking ideas a go and see how you get on – and if you would like to have a chat with me about how to bring Creative Thinking into your job or your workplace please book a FREE discovery session with me and let’s get your business or career rocking creatively.