About Developing Creativity Training Sessions
Creativity has typically been seen as something a fine arts degree holder would need, or something for children to use in their arts and crafts. However, recent developments among successful companies have found that creativity is the keystone to innovation, and subsequent success. It brings in employees, keeps them, and keeps the company successful and relevant. Creativity is oftentimes believed to work against productivity, and many employees feel pressured to be more productive than creative in their work choices. Developing Creativity Training is therefore set to help participants develop their creativity to the very best of their abilities.
Creativity can be hard to train when a lot of people think of it as an innate talent. However, like anything else, it can be learned, and only takes the training of certain skills in order to get the basic and abstract mechanics down pat. These methods help to build a creative environment, encourage creative thought, and value diversity instead of fight against it. This training course is essential to innovative developments in a company, and maximising intellectual resources in the office. This pairs well with sessions about collaboration, mutual respect and trust in the company, and quality improvement in office efforts. If you wish to know about our other training courses and services, please contact us.
Build the Environment
The environment of the workplace is the first thing that can decide what kind of product or decision your employees make. If we mean to encourage creativity, we need to remove the things that discourage it first. Get rid of cubicles and office spaces that require everything to be in neat, orderly rows and columns to even remotely function properly. Instead, encourage face-to-face relationships and collaborative workspaces. How would a set of hired artists, for example, tailor their workplace to encourage creativity? They will still need tables, materials, and other things in there in a certain kind of organization, but this isn’t a classroom anymore. This is their artistic workplace, and here, they are free to be as creative as they want.
It is a proven fact that workers are more productive and happier by leaps and bounds in creative, fun environments, compared to someone who clocks into a nine to five shift and a grey cubicle, unable to speak or interact with others. In some cases, production and creativity can be greatly hindered by creating a cubicle-heavy environment, cuting off a worker from the rest of the company by expecting them to be inside that box when you look for them, and think they’ll be creative or have good relationships with their co-workers. Work may not be something we always want to do, but when we do it, it never has to be something we do not enjoy or have fun with.
Encourage Creative Thought
Creativity requires approval, or at the very least, validation. This can only be done when you do not shoot down the creative thoughts your employees might have. Do not make them feel small or stupid for questioning long-held assumptions, taking risks, or making mistakes. Creativity is often associated with “Eureka!” moments, and this is patently false; creativity is a trial and error process, and it only completes the process if you don’t shoot it down. It either produces something good that your company can use, or something that the maker and others can learn from. Creative thought flourishes in environments that give time to the process, encourage exploration of different ideas and combinations, and provide friendly peer reviews that focus on refinement instead of rejection. For example, Haley puts out a creative idea, like installing fire poles to get to and from certain points between floors. Kayla and the others agree, but suggest that the floor around the poles be covered with thick, soft cushions to prevent accidents and injury. Two months later, everyone in the office has a lot of fun sliding down from the second floor to the ground floor, or falling to it. It even births an office contest for the most entertainingly graceful slide down the pole, with a cash prize. As we can see, Haley’s creative idea has contributed to a more positive work environment, and she managed it by collaborating with Kayla and her teammates, which fosters stronger work relationships. There’s a little artist, a little creative child in all of us, but the fastest way to kill it is rejection or dismissal of its work.
Find Strength in Diversity
An army of clones is something you should find in a Star Wars movie, not real life office environments. One of the strongest points that you can use to encourage creativity is to show that difference can be strength for your team more often than it is weakness. Showing that differences can build a stronger team than a team of clones is all about getting everyone different to cover each other’s weaknesses while building each other’s strengths up. To illustrate, let’s compare two teams of workers in a creative setting. The first team is not built on diversity or strength, it’s built on similar expertise: it is a team comprised of five people with doctorate degrees in Business Management. The second team is built on diversity, all of them have a little something that makes them unique from the other members of the team: one of them has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, one has a Master’s degree in English, one has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, one has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, and the last one has no degree, but extensive experience as an Internet artist. They are both asked to design something creative for the company. The trap of similarity tends to trick us into thinking that over-specialising in a certain discipline makes you more valuable than someone who has a lower expertise level in many other disciplines, because we think that we have a higher gross expertise value. However, variety is the spice of life, and someone with an adequate level of expertise in more fields still has more net worth and opportunities than a one-trick pony, even if he can do that one trick really well. Remember that while it’s not wrong to specialise, and one should to get better at that discipline, it is advisable to acquire strength in diversity with many different skills and resources to maximise creative options.
Customised Training Session For Teams (Included No Charge)
Paramount prides itself on being able to adapt to the need of its customers. When our customers do not like a particular module or content from one of the training courses we are providing for them, our development team is prepared to respond with our customisation service. We provide this service to our clients at no charge, making it possible to modify anything on our training courses from font to module choice without worrying about the expense. Our company just wants to see yours grow. Ask us today about our customised training packages.
In-House Customised training benefits:
- Flexible length – You choose the length of the session
- Highly Effective Team/Industry Specific
- Certificate of Completion (Professional Grade)
- Create a Team Building environment
- Cost effective – Group rate discount
- Printed courseware (No need to download or use an App to read)
Creating Content (Contact us for Quotation)
Our company produces training courses on demand and can create a training manual or courseware for your unique training needs. Whenever our clients notice that we have a gap in our online library, we contact our team of writers, editors, and researchers to help produce a training course to cover that gap. We also take requests from clients to make training courses specific to their needs. Whatever the course or topic may be, Paramount can produce fresh training courses for your aspiring employees and create a unique training session. Contact us for details on how we can create a training solution that you can own and also conduct future sessions in-house with.
Instructor Led Online
Download Certificate of Completion $495 inc GST
Printed and Posted Certificate of Completion $515 inc GST
Not able to attend a workshop? Looking for something more interactive without leaving the house? Well, out online assisted training is for you! Go through your preferred course, at a time and date that best suits your schedule with one of our professional trainers helping you through the process. They are professional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable so you can ask them any training related questions and the will certainly be able to assist.
Online Self Paced
Download Certificate of Completion $69 Inc GST
Printed and Posted Certificate of Completion $89 Inc GST
Online self paced is a great alternative to attending a workshop or organising an online assisted session. You can pace the session to your liking, take your time and really dive into all the information provided in the specific course. Whether you have a busy schedule or have an employee that you would like trained in a certain area but only have limited time, this is a perfect alternative training session for you.