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Goran Ekvall Questions for Creativity

Challenge and Involvement
The degree to which people are involved in daily operations and long term goals. The climate has a dynamic, electric and inspiring quality. People find meaning in their work and are intrinsically motivated to invest much energy. The opposite is a feeling of alienation , indifference, apathy and lack of interest.

Most people here strive to do a good job

Independence in behaviour. Autonomy to define much of work. Taking initiative. Opposite – strict guidelines and roles. Work carried out in prescribed ways with little room to redefine their tasks.

People here make choices about their own work.

Trust & Openness
Emotional safety in relationships. When a level of trust, individuals can be open and frank with each other.. Can count for personal support. Have respect. Opposite is suspicion, closely guarded, cannot communicate openly.
People here do not steal each others ideas.

Idea Time
Amount of time can use and do use for elaborating ideas. Possibilities exist to discuss and test impulses that are not planned or included in task assignment. Slack.
Opposite – every minute booked. Time pressures make thinking outside instructions and planned routines impossible.

One has the opportunity to stop work here in order to test new ideas

Playfulness and Humour
Spontaneity and ease displayed in the workplace. Relaxed atmosphere where jokes and laughter occur often. Fun at work. Easy going.

Opposite is seriousness, stiff and gloomy atmosphere. Laughter is inproper

People here have a sense of humour.

Personal & emotional tension. Conflict high. Interpersonal warfare. Plots, traps, power struggles. Slander, gossip.

Opposite is more mature, deal effectively with diversity.

There is a great deal of personal tension here

Idea Support
The ways new ideas are treated – attentive, listened to, encouraged. Constructive & positive atmosphere.
Opposite automatic ‘no’ prevailing, suggestions refuted by counter argument. Fault finding usual style.

People here receive support and encouragement when presenting new ideas.

Discussion of opposing opinions and sharing diversity of perspectives.

Opposite – follow authoritarian patterns without questioning. Groupthink.

Many different points of view are shared here during discussion.

Risk Taking Tolerance of uncertainty and ambiguity in workplace. Bold new initiatives taken when outcomes unknown. Take a gamble, out on a limb.

Opposite is cautious, hesitant mentality. Sleep on it, safe side. Committees to cover themselves before making a decision.

People here feel as though they can take bold action even if the outcome is unclear


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Climate for Creativity and Innovaation: Ekvall’s Studies in 70’s & 80’s

Climate for creativity and Innovation
Ekval took a representative sample of 27 different organisations and divided them into Innovative(8), Stagnated(4) and Average(15) industries.

Innovative refers to the ability to develop new products and services quickly, get to market more efficiently and have products with high commercial success. stagnated refers to an inability to effectively handle newness and have products which were not as successful.

Each organisation was independently scored for organisational climate using a 50 item questionnaire named the Creative Climate Questionnaire (CCQ) which looked at the ten dimensions above.

Respondents were addressed as an observer of the life of an organisation. There is no ‘I’ so the respondent should report on common behaviour not opinions. Since different observers will rate the same things differently a mean score was used to cancel this out.

There was no leadership dimension. Ekvall was able to correlate a relationship between the questionnaire and the ability of an organisation to innovate as shown below.

10 Dimensions for the climate for innovation:

1. Challenge (How challenged, emotionally involved, and committed are employees to the work )
2. Freedom (How free is the staff to decide how to do their job?)
3. Idea time (Do employees have time to think things through before having to act?)
4. Dynamism (the eventfulness of life in the organisation)
5. Idea support (Are there resources to give new ideas a try?)
6. Trust and openness (Do people feel safe speaking their minds and offering different points of view?)
7. Playfulness and humor (How relaxed is the workplace-is it okay to have fun. )
8. Conflicts (To what degree do people engage in interpersonal conflict or ‘warfare?”)
9. Debates (To what degree do people engage in lively debates about the issues’)
10. Risk-taking (Is it okay to fail?)

This is a great representation of why you must not forget the particular setting that you put yourself in. I feel that these can work for any organization and is helpful for managers and employees alike.

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The Oh So Exponential Times!

Hidden in the lines of this video are the very reasons that I blog about creativity. The most important is the fact that we are preparing for things and times that haven’t even been invented yet. The simple fact that the top ten jobs in 2010 were not even invented in 2004 is quite powerful. What im saying is that if we are to be on the cutting edge we cant prepare ourselves for any single thing. We must be creative in the ways we learn, adapt and most importantly create and participate in a quickly changing world.

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Jean Michel Basquiat the Radiant Child.

Jean Michel was not only an extremely talented artist, but also some one who did it without any formal artistic education. His story is an inspiring one to consider when we are trying to make things or situations that are truly great. It is so easy to tell ourselves that it will not be able to do certain things because we don’t have the qualifications

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The Best Advise I’ve Heard In a While

Best advise I’ve gotten in a while:

“Never get good at something you don’t like doing.”

This has a lot to say about what types of situation you will create in your life and more importantly will those situations make you happy? Every kid in college is bound to ponder this question any person trying to foresee their career path. Every one is in the pursuit of happiness but some get misguided in what they think is needed to cultivate happiness and success.

So many leave their desires only floating around in conversation with the belief that it would be irresponsible for them to create what they would actually like in there life. This simple fact is a reason why there aren’t more people that are immensely happy and successful. It is the age-old idea of living our Dharma. The thing in life that you find the most purpose and can flow effortlessly at doing so, where you feel inspired and not pushed.
Though in life this is not so easy, but this is where the aspect of creating you life situation and not living it comes in to play. Don’t just life your life in a way that is from one step to the next taking the options that are simply laid before you. Create the life that you want by design because with out doing so you will never know what option, what doors in life to open that lead to the life that you really want.

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Creative Sounds Day!

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Grant Korgan and the Power of Attitude to Create Change

Grant Korgan has one of the most inspiring story’s that I’ve heard in a long time. He is a bit of and extreme renaissance man being a world-class kayaker, top notch snowmobiler, big face climber and to top it all off a nano-technologist to pay the bills. Unfortunately, this all changed when he was snowmobiling two years back when he ruptured a vertebra in his lower back leaving him with a prognosis of never walking again. Multiple doctors told him that he should get used to the idea of being in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. But Grant and his wife know that wasn’t an option. After wife Shawna quitting her job to spend months by Grants side through seven hours a day of therapy Grant can now walk on his own two feet. He now has his sights set on a 120% recovery.
He also has plans to trek to the South Pole this January. Although he will use a sit and ski to assist him most of the way, if all goes as planned he will walk on his own two feet for the final push to the south pole. This is all after being told that he would never walk again and that life in a wheel chair wouldn’t be that bad. Instead Grant Korgan is working to make his life even better than before.
I usually write about things that are more strait forward creativity but Grant’s story tells us something important about the human character. His attitude has always been “can do” something that probably made it possible for him to do all the things he’s done.
If you are a to be a creative person you must have burning perseverance and optimism. Creative people have a deep seeded belief that all problems can be solved. No challenge is too big to overcome and Grant couldn’t be better proof of just that.

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