If you continuously come up with compelling and novel ideas at a moment’s notice, you won’t need to read this article. But for the rest of us, there are times when it’s difficult to be creative on demand even though our jobs require it. When you’re working under tight deadlines, feeling stressed from overwork, or situated in a drab environment, it’s easy to get stuck or to feel empty of ideas. This article explains several research-based strategies for ways to be more creative at work.
But first, what is creativity?
People will probably debate the meaning of creativity for the next 100 years. I’m satisfied with this sensible definition of creativity from Clinton and Hokanson (2011), “Creativity is understood to be the generation of ideas that are both novel and useful, usually in response to a problem that needs to be solved.” (I spoke to Brad Hokanson about creativity on Episode 56 of The eLearning Coach Podcast.