I am deeply inspired by the ingenuity of the human mind, especially as I have observed it over the past few months. In the midst of the pandemic, many companies quickly transformed to meet the changing demands of our current world. Some changed how they delivered products and services, while others created entirely new offerings and lines of business to better serve their clients. Restaurants, for example, moved to delivery services, while manufacturers restructured their production lines to make personal protective equipment. In these examples, we see creativity and innovation born from times of incredible stress. Those who looked beyond the fear and trauma, and imagined what could be possible, were able to seize great opportunity. We know imagination has the power to transform and lead to creative and new solutions – but how do we harness this transformational power of imagination for the benefit of our company’s culture?
As leaders, we can help unleash our teams’ creativity by giving them the tools to tap into their own innovative power. To do so, we must create the space for our teams to bring their imagination to their work.
To be fully cultivated, imagination needs:
- Structure and Space