Diversity is vital for creativity, not just diversity among your employees, but also in your personal life, the teams you create, and the managers you hire and promote.
One of the essential ingredients for creative thinking is diversity. It is well known that diverse teams give more creative results than teams whose members are all from a similar background.
Organizations can use personal diversity techniques to get more creative ideas. Also, team leaders and managers putting together teams should look for diversification. For example, bring in women and men from different departments, with various educations, and with different cultural backgrounds. Such employees will provide a wider range of experience and knowledge from which you can extract information and create ideas.
A poor work environment can hurt creativity and cause its employees to think a certain way. In terms of branding, this can be good. But for creativity, it is not. Hence, taking your team to new locations to come up with and develop ideas also adds diversity to group thinking.
Most HR departments will tell you that they want a diverse range of employees, which is a good thing. But there’s another important dimension of diversity that these departments don’t have in mind – creative diversity. HR departments usually hire the same people; these are usually people with the same sexual orientation, race, or religion that go to the same schools, have the same beliefs, and look the same way. Homogeneity will not lead to creativity. You don’t want a homogenous organization where everyone is interchangeable. You want a company with exceptional people.
Eclecticism is an undervalued aspect of today’s job market. Don’t let your organization dismiss employees who dress differently, dye their hair an unnatural color, or wear unusual jewelry.
Minor quirkiness in the style department is a benefit. Every company needs intellectual and physical diversity because such employees tend to be creative. Aside from those with unconventional looks, you should also consider people who may even seem “obnoxious.”
Sometimes, their arrogance is well-founded because they can be, indeed, the smartest one in the room and accurate about their perceived value to your organization. Is it obnoxious if they tell you this? Yes, it is. But when you have a serious problem that needs a hard-headed individual, you want them to do the job. Maybe everyone has creative potential, but only the arrogant ones have the self-confidence to push their ideas on others.
As for the crazy ones, there’s a fine line between craziness and creativity. And, no, we don’t mean clinical insanity, but a kind of functional craziness that you should have in your offices,
coming from persons who come up with quirky ideas. The problem most organizations have is that the crazier the ideas their employees present, the less likely they are to follow up and promote them. Yet, when they first came up, some of the most revolutionary ideas made people say, “That’s totally crazy!”
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