Creativity in Business – Do We really Need It?

Creativity in business - it' makes for good business

I was asked the other day whether there was room for creativity in the business world.

My answer was a resounding, “Yes!”  Creativity is in strong demand in the business world.  There’s a continuous need for it on so many levels:

Think of products and concepts: Steve Jobs (Apple) and Elon Musk (Tesla) are two top-of-mind examples.

Think about creativity in the ability to make a deal (making an acquisition, hiring a star employee, negotiating good terms with a vendor,….).   Creative business people  make the best deals.  

Think finance: accountants who can get creative can save their clients money. Not everything is black and white – the value and savings are often in the grey.

Businesses are inherently full of problems just begging for solutions.

The key is being able to develop practical solutions.

If you’re a creative marketer, sales professional, coach of any kind, lawyer, accountant, doctor, shoemaker, plumber, name any other industry – you can go far.

From an employer’s perspective – ask yourself, “Who is more valuable?”:

Employee #1: Is steady, consistent, and does a good job or,

Employee #2: Is steady, consistent, does a good job, & can solve a problem when one arises?

If you can be a solution provider rather than a problem reporter – you will go far.

Remember, you can handle any given business extremely well.  Likewise, the same issue can be handled very poorly (we’ve all seen countless examples of this).

A business person who is creative (and strategic) will always consider multiple options and then carefully choose the best way of playing the cards they have been dealt.

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Priorities – If You Want to You Can

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Last week we talked about priorities from the point of view of a business owner in, “I’m Too Busy” – The Biggest Obstacle to Success. This week we’ll take a different view on priorities.

This version is often expressed in terms of “I don’t have time….” or “I wish I could…”

  • I don’t have time to go to the gym.
  • I wish I could spend more time with my kids.
  • I don’t have time to make a healthy meal.
  • I wish I had time to learn to play an instrument.
  • I wish I could stick to a healthier eating plan.

When it comes down to it, it’s all about priorities and determination. When you truly want to do something it will move up your priority list all on it’s own and you’ll find a way to do it. The key word is “Truly”.

Dieters and smokers are two great examples: they frequently say they want to lose weight or want to quit smoking but they don’t actually do it. Don’t get me wrong, they frequently try but they often don’t have the resolve – they don’t want it bad enough. They want to lose weight but they want to eat out with their friends more. They want to quit smoking but they need to placate their addiction more. On a positive note, it’s the act of failing multiple times that helps build the resolve to actually get it done. This is often why people have to try multiple times in order to be successful.
Resolve and determination also comes into play with people who want to get in shape, learn to play an instrument, or run a marathon. Most people who want to do any of these can – if they are willing to put in the time and effort and make it a priority.

Do you realize that one hour equals just 4% of a day?

It brings to mind one of my favourite quotes by Confucius – “One who wants to do something will find a way. One who doesn’t will find an excuse.”

One more thing to consider – do you realize that the most successful person you know gets the same number of hours each day as you? We all get 24 hours. It’s how you allocate your time and choose your priorities that makes all the difference.

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