Passion and commitment transform a manager into a creator.
Creativity is the production of new idea. Creativity is often perceived as mysterious. At times, the creators themselves think so, too. Creativity, we understand, is beyond our control.
At the workplace, we are mostly involved in routine work because more than 80 per cent of jobs in a business are routine activities and proper execution of that routine is essential for the success of a business. So, in the workplace, we tend to stay connected with routine as routine gives us definite and perceptive return.
A manager’s role is apparently the most effective as it creates visible and instant impact. When managers want to be creators, they have to prepare themselves to analyse the work or workplace, interact with end-users or customers, study the environment, prepare the environment to be flexible and adapt to the new environment.
Managers often want to take time out for creativity, but they do not realise that their work, which involves creating new processes, inducting new talent, working in new ways, tuning the system to evolve automatically by absorbing new knowledge, ideas and skills, is a part of creativity as well. So, one who can connect to his or her role and focus on it will have the confidence of thinking that he or she is a creator, and not just a manager. Passion and commitment transform a manager into a creator, who evolves systems, products or processes with time and requirement.
In management science, creation is believed to go through four stages — preparation to create after analysis of facts and figures, incubation of ideas, illumination of ideas with proper fitment and finally verification before execution.
Illumination is perhaps the most important phase, when the creator selects the best idea, after weighing the alternatives, and then verifies whether it fits the requirement.
The best-sounding ideas often turn out to be unacceptable and impractical and a very small idea gives way to the most successful creation.
The environment can be designed, but creation is natural. Understanding its source and end is beyond our limit.
The writer is pro-vice-chancellor, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology. This article is an excerpt of a blog written by the author.
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