6.5 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity and Skyrocket Your Career (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

Find creative ways to make your organization better, and you will be an extremely valuable, well-compensated employee.  Despite what many people think, creativity is a skill that can be developed.  Here are 6.5 ways that you can be more creative:

  1. Think outside of your box/cubicle.  It’s hard to think outside the box when you are inside a cubicle that is the size of a box!  Want to be more creative?  Go outside.  Even better, find a scenic, expansive place to do some thinking.  Many of my best ideas have come to me when I’ve been outside at a lake, in the mountains, at the beach, and so on. 
  2. Get away and explore.  Time away from a project will leave you refreshed when you come back to it.  You will often be able to look at the project from a different viewpoint.  I’ve had some of my best ideas while traveling, exercising, or while trying out some kind of new experience.  (Luckily, there is no video footage of my “new experience” as a student in a hip-hop dance class…)
  3. Ask the right questions.  When you ask the right questions, you get the right answers.  Instead of thinking to yourself, “why am I not more creative” or “how come I never come up with any great ideas,” ask yourself empowering questions that get your mind headed in the right direction.  3 simple questions that can unleash your creativity are:

a. How can I/we do __________ faster? 

b. How can I/we ­do __________better?

c. How can I/we make __________ more profitable?

4. Brainstorm with others.  You will never reach your creative potential alone.  There is tremendous value in brainstorming with other people in your organization/industry AND with people from totally different backgrounds.  An outside perspective can often provide a fresh source of ideas missed by people within the same organization/industry.  

5. Get messy.  Creativity only happens you draw outside the lines…

6. Read.  One of the reasons I love to read is because of what happens in my mind as I am reading.  Ideas magically seem to pop into my head.  Read quality material every day for at least 15 minutes, and watch your creativity skyrocket.

6.5   Write down your ideas.  Make sure you have a way to collect your ideas as they pop into your head.  This could be through a document on your computer, a note-pad, and/or a digital recorder.  An idea is worthless if it is forgotten after conception!

Creativity will propel your career (and your bank account) to new levels!  Like this post or got something to add?  Please comment below!

P.S. To learn more about how you (or your group’s members) can advance their careers, please visit my web site at www.IdealizeNow.com.

-Pete Leibman

-President of Idealize Enterprises

-Creator of The Dream Job College Tour

Creator of The Washington Wizards’ Sports Careers Day

www.IdealizeNow.com

www.linkedin.com/in/peteleibman

Blog: http://CareerMuscles.Wordpress.com

Twitter: @peteleibman

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