This is a guest post by Marc Millan. He is a worship pastor and fellow blogger.
When it comes to ideas and costs, as leaders we try to get as much information as possible before pulling the trigger on a new project. How ever, what we sometimes fail to realize is that in reaching the point of “approval” for a new idea, concept or project there are several phases that happen before we reach that final result.
First, you have the innovation (this is the fun, artist, imagination part)
Second, comes the realization (I consider this the reality check for costs and possibility)
Finally you have the execution (this is the PROCESS stage, finality and delivery).
There a few key components, that when leading creative meetings allow your team to really thrive in. Here they are:
- Lead from behind- When we think of leadership, we automatically assume we need to be out in front on everything and this is a misconception. Leadership doesn’t mean YOU have to do everything, it also doesn’t mean you are the most talented or brightest person, there are actually some pretty smart people around us all the time. The leader’s job is to know how to put it all together and by approaching leadership this way, we allow those around us to develop, rise and shine. By leading behind we encourage leadership in others, we encourage initiative and we plant the seeds of high trust, high accountability in our teams.
- Listen more, talk less- The best way to get ideas is to listen to a lot of them. When ever you are hosting a brainstorm or creative meeting be sure to have some goals in mind to set out in front of the team but just start the conversations, start the thinking in others and let THEM take the idea building from there. This way you not only encourage confidence and “buy in” with your team, by them sharing their ideas with everyone but you are also able to take it all in and focus in on what you believe are the best ideas.
- Keep ideas and logistics separated- Ok, when we are dreaming up new ideas the last thing you want is someone analyzing how much it costs, how hard and how insane the idea is! You need to figure out who are your most enthusiastic, imaginative people are and separate them from the ones who count the costs, analyze and develop operations. Here is what can happen quickly, someone comes up with an amazing idea and right away another person says “do you know how much that’s gonna cost?”, I guarantee you that the ideas will stop right there. Don’t kill the flower just as it’s starting to bloom, give it sunlight, air to breath, get all of your ideas first, then take it to the ones who can give you a reality check on them.
These are some personal experiences that have allowed me to thrive in creativity but I have also enjoyed them when leading as well.
Question: What other ways can we unleash creativity in others?