Creativity in business: how it is stifled

We always refer to how to enhance the creativeness but it is equally important to know what habits and situations are which, on the contrary, contribute to stifling creativity. Some years ago,
Teresa Amabile, director of the Business
Harvard School, developed an interesting research involving various
businesses. Upon completion, he could identify six contributing factors
completely stifle people's creativity. Even if the prospect does
essentially refers to the management sector, I think with a little bit of
fantasy we can apply these factors to personal life as well. - Inadequate role: one of the more forms
quick to stifle creativity is that of giving a wrong job
to the wrong person. At work it is necessary that we feel ours
skills are strictly linked to the roles assigned to us,
otherwise, the demotivation does not take long to appear. The trend a
commission the most urgent jobs to those people who are most "suitable"
it is fatal over time if we want creative results. - Limitation of freedom: people
they need specific objectives but also a certain freedom of action for
be able to reach them. Putting limits right and left does not help to empower
the creativity. - Reduction of resources: DON'T
let's be deceived, creativity also requires a minimum of resources, normally
time and money. If we reduce or eliminate both we will make one impossible
creative development. Creativity cannot be measured like any other
mechanical activity, has its own rhythm and this sometimes indicates that it is
need to invest time and money. - Introducing diversity into the group: when
people share the same values ​​and the same training, it will be difficult
that the group sessions are really creative, as everyone will be following it
same pattern of thinking. So that to ensure creativity is necessary
contract a heterogeneous group. - Lack of inspiration: it's easier
to be critical than to acknowledge something well done. Precisely, the first
enemy of creativity is malicious and restrictive criticism; in short, a
manager should make sure to stimulate creativity sufficiently
through words that inspire and with the recognition of the boldest ideas. - Lack of support: understood as:
internal struggles, gossip and conflicting policies. Creativity needs
a relaxing environment to grow and develop. It is proven that when the environment
that surrounds us is threatening to us, we are unable to be creative.
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