Creativity

Name

Good Group Tips

In principle, to name is to understand. It’s huge. It is key to solving problems and resolving conflicts. When just the right words are used to name a situation, a perspective, a feeling, it can bring instant relief and instant forward progress. By leaps and bounds. Naming the problem is over half way to solving it.

Practical Tip: Name situations, perspectives, feelings; that is, describe them in ways that ring true. Do not avoid thinking about a hard problem or conflict; rather, think about how to think about the problem or conflict. Give it a name.

Name things without judgment. Name things out loud for others to agree or challenge. Name things with honesty and integrity, not to mislead. Be open to names suggested by others and open to re-naming.

– Craig Freshley

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Fertile soil helps creativity

Good Group Tips

In principle, collaborative decisions are creations. Creativity comes from putting together two or more things, events, or ideas. Germination leads to new things. When water mingles with seeds, fertile soil facilitates and supports the interaction. Fertility helps creativity.

Practical Tip: Make your decision-making environment fertile. By design of meetings and communications, facilitate the interaction of multiple ideas. Develop a culture of support and nurturing for new ideas. This might be done via ground rules or operating norms. Be consistent in their application. Uphold and stand by your ground rules, your process values, in all situations. Deliberately attend to and nurture the environment in which you are trying to grow.

– Craig Freshley

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Art

Good Group Tips

In principle, art is that which provokes thought or emotion. It inspires, puzzles, causes one to think and feel in new ways. It is often an end in itself without a higher goal in mind. The artist is open to whatever may result.

All worthy creations, including good group decisions, are a combination of art and technique. Group decisions made in the absence of provocative thought or emotion may be mediocre or un-compelling.

Practical tip: Bring creative processes and artful influences into your group decision making. Enhance the technical decision making steps with artistic interventions. Weave music, stories, and pictures into your work. Allow time and space for laughter, tears, aha’s.

Art often knocks us off balance and to new places of understanding and inspiration; just what’s needed for good group decisions.

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