Sunday, 29 December 2013

Creativity – The Need to break the traditions

As 2013 comes to an end, it’s time to deeply question the traditions of the past and focus on reinventing the future. It’s time to question, imagine and create.

How will be your Sunday or for that matter a weekday at office. I would lay odds on the reply as most of us take a ritualistic approach not only to work but also work. And if the question is asked again after a couple of months, the answer would not have changed.  Many of us tend to follow traditions and as we grow old they end up as a creature of habit. As thing set in motion and become routine, many doesn’t even think on consequences of actions.

Following traditions or ritualistic path might be nice in family or community setting; they can be less helpful in business world. Tradition and habit can cause us to switch off our brains. This becomes the easy option, no need to think critically about what you are doing, no need at all. You will just do as you have always done, and will get the same results!!

If your business is more than 12 months old, it will have traditions or norms and you and your colleagues will have developed habits. These may not be helping to move your business forward. Ideas, processes, techniques, and past habits will hold you back in today's competitive (and dangerous) economic climate. Even Worse, your colleagues may be turning off their minds and failing to create new ideas at the time you need them the most.

With fierce global competition, we must question past habits and focus on inventing and shaping the future. What do we want the future to look like, how can we make it so? The alternative is that the future is merely an extrapolation of the past. It's time to question, imagine and create. Each one of us has an unbelievable creative capacity which can be used in our jobs on a daily basis if the leaders and managers in our organisations allow it.

As we step into 2014, consider this as a perfect time to break with tradition.