Creativity and Innovation
Creativity and Innovation
What's the Difference?
The terms “creativity” and “innovation” are often used interchangeably. But how similar – or different – are they?
It all starts with creativity creativity is essentially responsible for all of human progress. That’s a phenomenal force. Perhaps that’s why some people tend to think that it’s very mysterious. But they shouldn't. Basically, creativity is the production of anything. It could be an idea, a tangible product, or a performance.
What’s developed should also be different from what’s been done before in some way. Creativity in the workplace should also be appropriate to some goal or meaning.
The Misunderstood Connection of Business and Creativity The connection between creativity and business success is very important, yet it’s often overlooked. Business people tend to think of what they do as being very organized and strategic. Of course it should be, but businesses cannot succeed, especially under modern competitive conditions, without innovation.
And innovation depends on creativity. Creativity is the front end of a process that ideally will result in innovation. Creativity is coming up with newand useful ideas. Innovation is the successful implementation of those ideas. One interesting connection between creativity and innovation: you can have quite a lot of creativity in a business organization without having much innovation at the other end.
This occurs when people aren’t very motivated, or proper systems aren’t in place. Such workplaces have difficulty hearing the creative ideas, developing them, letting them grow, and figuring out how to implement them successfully. In other words, you can’t have innovation without a healthy mix of creativity on the front end, and solid systems in place to foster that ingenuity. Can I be more Creative?
Creativity also means seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what no one has thought.
To do that, people need to free themselves from the restrictive patterns which prevent them from seeing other perspectives. It means eliminating invisible boundaries and previously held perceptions and limitations about howthings look, function or should be. When you compare highly and slightly creative people, three things stand out:
• Highly creative people make fewer assumptions and are highly observant
• Highly creative people look everywhere for ideas and inspiration. They make more connections and question more things
• Highly creative people are able to consistently look at problems, situations and other people from multiple perspectives and points of view.
If you can Learn or teach people these 3 essential abilities, they will become more innovative and creative.