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Do you know how the telephone was discovered?
The bones in the ear are operated by a delicate, thin membrane.
Bell wondered why, then, a stronger and thicker piece of membrane shouldn’t be able to move a piece of steel.
From that analogy, the telephone was conceived by Alexander Graham Bell.
This effective use of analogies allows decision making to apply an idea from one context to another.
And this observation by Bell was one of the most famous examples in which analogy resulted in a #creative breakthrough.
This implies that #creativity in decision making opens up new dimensions.
This also implies that decision makers in organizations can more fully appraise and understand a problem, including seeing problems others can’t see, if they include a little creativity in their decision making.
Every rational decision maker also needs creativity: The ability to produce novel and useful ideas.
Right from Newton to Jobs, science to business, every field has seen achievers who have taken decisions by looking at other perspectives as well.
Have you ever added a pinch of creativity in your decision making?
It’s a myth that a person cannot be creative!
Given that most people have the capacity to be at least somewhat creative, what can individuals and organizations do to stimulate employee creativity?
The best answer to this question lies in the three-component model of creativity.
Expertise is the foundation for all creative work. You wouldn’t expect with a minimal knowledge of programming to be very creative as a software engineer!
So get your foundation correct for creative decision making.
Creative-thinking skills come in second.
Research suggests that we are more creative when we’re in good mood, so one should do things that make one happy. Evidence also suggests that being around others who are creative can actually make one more inspired if we’re creatively more ‘stuck’.
The final component is intrinsic task motivation.
This is the desire to work on something because it’s interesting, involving, exciting, satisfying, or personally challenging.
This motivational component is what turns creative potential into actual creative ideas.
Stimulants that foster creativity include a culture that encourages flow of ideas; freedom to decide; a supervisor who communicates effectively; teamwork, and more positive components of a good work environment.
This is the perfect recipe for a healthy working environment and a supportive and effective decision maker in an organisation.
Read more such amazing concepts that will help you with a deeper understanding of proper organisation behaviour, in Organizational Behaviour by Pearson.