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Ask your leaders: “How do you encourage creative thinking within your team?”

We believe that great leaders ask great questions. Ask your leaders this question to encourage innovation. Organizations are typically more task and operationally biased. Taking time and energy to encourage creative thinking can help your leaders allow their teams more right-brain activity. Watch to see who engages more energetically with this question. But you also want to note who doesn’t engage and then look deeper into their team to see if innovation is occurring.  

More thoughts on this topic:

It has been said that, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” If a significant amount of innovation is not coming from the front lines of your organization, you need to find out why. Some of the greatest opportunity for innovation and creativity is at the basic levels of an organization – the factory line, customer service, sales, etc. Developing and valuing innovation at all levels of your organization is key to winning in the modern market. Use this question to start the innovation conversation with your leaders. 

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