With the blog post series “Creativity Tuesday” we would like to help readers pump up their creative confidence playfully with easy exercises, but also talk about the topic we are most passionate about: Creativity.
Last week I had a wonderful talk with Mervi Pänkäläinen from Mightifier about the importance of psychological safety for creativity to flourish. The environment, or setting, plays an important role for people to feel comfortable enough to express ideas without the fear of judgment. Creating environments and situations in which people feel safe to fail and where there is no right or wrong, are of utmost important for any organisation when they want to unleash people’s creativity.
Yet, we should not forget that creativity or the creative process can be very stressful and demanding, but this is not what I want to neglect with a safe environment. Pressure, e.g. time pressure, structure or competition can be actually very positive for creativity. What psychological safety means is that the environment, the culture and the people you work with, allow and encourage you to fail and take risks. In Silicon Valley a failed startup is evidence that you have gained experience and probably learned something, which you can use next time. The Finnish company Supercell celebrates failure and killed projects. Psychological safety does not mean wearing rose-colored glasses and assume that being creative doesn’t mean also a lot of work, pressure and often stress. Also, when it comes to delivering quality, a constructive critical voice is extremely crucial.
I think it is also very important to not define what creativity is, but to focus on how to help people discover their creative potential, build up people’s creative confidence playfully and help them to connect their creativity with various domains. Expressing your creativity is something very personal, hence, this is why feeling safe and comfortable plays such an important role for creativity to flourish.
So, how can help people shifting from a “Have-To” mindset towards a “Want-To” mindset, in which people “Want-To” express their creativity and apply their creative potential to various forms? Another aspect to creativity is everyone’s creative confidence. Some of us have a higher creative confidence, whereas some of us a lower, but confidence can be build up and preferably in a playful and fun way. Helping people building up their creative confidence playfull will empower them with a “Can Do” mindset, which naturally will result in a “Want-To” attitude, which empowers everyone as creative superhero.
I will start next week with playful creative exercises to boost your creative juice, but until then I would like you to ask yourself those questions: