100件创意产品设计 重点 (Top highlight) 都是有创意的。 您只需要一推即可。 (All are creative. You just need a push.) People expect creativity from only artists, designers or geniuses. But that’s not ...
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都是有创意的。 您只需要一推即可。 (All are creative. You just need a push.)
People expect creativity from only artists, designers or geniuses. But that’s not true. Some people communicate their creativity well, and the others are not able to communicate. Everyone has a creative side to them. Possibles reasons of not letting it out can be less motivation, less creativeconfidence and lack of awareness(that we can think creatively). Here is a small attempt from me, which compiles 20 possible things which might boost and nurture your creative confidence, to explore your creative side. It is for one and all, irrespective of their professions.
All these points are from my influences, experiences & from my point of view. These things include games, tasks/assignments, habits or policies which need to be incorporated in your life or organisation. There might be more, which can help you boost your creative confidence. Feel free to mention that in the responses below.
Ask people to visualise and draw different recognisable objects, in those circles, in not more than 3 minutes. Do it everyday, it’s fun. You will understand your potential when you are given constraints. Are you a rule breaker or are the rule follower? One can get unique insights about themselves, as well as, your team members also.
A wall which has this 30 circles printed/engraved and everyday anyone of you can sketch on it and change it for the other day. Play around on this glass writing board, so you can have your creative juices flowing. Can have some kind of fun games around it at your informal interaction spaces, with your team members.
The image is a reference here, which can have 30 plain circles printed or engraved onto the glass, which can be explored for sketching or drawing.
2.什么是？ 如果？ 和什么哇？ 🧠 (2. What is? What if? and What wows? 🧠)
Brainstorm on different possibilities of how existing solutions can have a different way of solving that issue, in a more better and quick way, maybe. And this need not be a solution or screens. It is just raw sketchy brainstroming or a desktop study and have a discussion with your team members or other designers. Example take BookMyShow, and brainstorm on it for 15 mins, in a group of 5, what is, what if and what may wow the users while using this app.
What if - What do you think of a different way of solving the same problem?
如果 -怎么办？您如何看待解决同一问题的另一种方式 ？
What wows - What is the kickass feature, which you think with excite your users, while completing their task?
3.让我们冒险🧭 (3. Let’s Venture out 🧭)
Take examples of top companies and explore with the Ansoff matrix diagram by identifying their ventures, and you can brainstorm if you think of new ventures possibly for that company. Like example see the image below for the Ansoff Matrix applied to Amazon and it’s different ventures which they have penetrated into. The risk factor increases as you diagonally go up from Market penetration to Industry disruption.
It can be a session, where you can take your company as an example, of how your company can venture out into new directions and increase the landscape of your scope. Take examples of famous companies, like Apple, Adobe, Tesla, etc, to know their strategic movements & get better insights. Ventures are nothing but possibilities, and exploring the possibilities, adds up to your confidence levels.
Make it a habit, to talk out loud when you are part of any good or bad experience. This helps you to become a keen observer and a good critic. End of the day, it boosts your confidence of speaking out and trying to make things better.
Everyday take one experience (online or offline, it doesn’t matter), and ask your team members one by one to think out loud(it can be anything from the intent till the color of the interface, too) while experiencing it. Very key for the growth of critical thinking skills.
Swap roles for 15 minutes with any other professional, like a developer(for example), and think like him to give 2 good ideas which would improve his/her workflow. Empathy should come first within your team, to achieve greater goals. This encourages communication, which builds trust with your team members, which eventually creates confidence for all.
Doing this, people might understand better their pain points and fears(if any), and work towards solving or overcoming it, as a team.
6.思维导图🕸 (6. Mind-mapping 🕸)
Scribble out and do a rough mind mapping thing to explore your thinking and imagination capabilities. Your imagination horizons should be at continuous practise. This improves your psychological thinking and having empathy towards your users, which is a key skill for anyone who wants to build a great experience for their people.
Mind mapping is an intuitive way to organise your thoughts.
7.智囊团📝 (7. Think tank 📝)
Raw ideas are like dreams. It comes and goes, you forget like anything. Document it in one journal and develop it as pet projects for future. Good ideas quickly need to have some initial validations. Share it with valuable content of social platforms to get better validations or feedback, for later iterations.
8. 促进蛋白效应👩🏫👨🏫(8. Contribute to the protégé effect 👩🏫👨🏫)
‘Teaching someone else is the best way to learn, according to research’.
So, once in a week, give a half hour session/talk of your choice of topic and let your team gather and listen out and give their valuable constructive feedback and lots of appreciation, too. Because that’s what keeps you going and inspires you to do more.
This increases self-efficacy in individuals. Self-efficacy is, according to psychologist Albert Bandura, who originally proposed the concept, a personal judgment of “how well one can execute courses of action required to deal with prospective situations”.
Know more about the benefits of Protege effect here
9.昵称热身😎 (9. Nickname warm up 😎)
Play this quirky game of nicknames with your teammates. There are 2 ways to do this :
匿名方式 (The anonymous way)
One way can be anonymous, by putting chits with the names of your teammates and asking everyone to pick. Write their nicknames next to the name and submit the chit. Voting can be done to give a more better validated nickname by majority of the team. More participation, more fun and flattens the hierarchy.
The other way is think out loud, and voting on the best, by not keeping it anonymous. In my POV, this way is better, as discussions are open and transparent. Nicknames can be fun like Mr. Big head, Ms. Know-it-all, Genie, Mr CEO, Ms Blogger, etc.
Note : While coming up with names, know what that person is good at(one best quality), like a guitarist, good swimmer, nice presenter, a nice painter, etc. And finally based on these clues, you can brainstorm on the nicknames.
10.在您的工作文化中引入价值指标🏅 (10. Introduce Value metrics in your work culture 🏅)
Start evaluating and promoting people on the base of value they add.
How? (one of the way)
Value can be saving money. How much?
价值可以省钱 。 多少？
Value can be saving time. How much?
价值可以节省时间 。 多少？
Value can be satisfaction ratings of the user, while using your solution. How much(out of 10 maybe)?
Value can be impact created in any of the above parameters
And finally value can be genuine direct user feedback.
So start measuring people on the value(it is definitely measurable)which they bring to the table and to people’s life. So how cool it would be if we create an environment where people are recognised on value metric numbers, not just by their experience.
Some policies need to be redefined. But it will definitely create confidence and encourage people to design and work for impact & value. And that’s the long term infinite game we all should be playing.
Don’t fear anything, as when you face your fear one day, that will be the most blissful moment of your life. Firstly watch video to get an insight from Will Smith’s sky diving experience, where he talks about the day before the dive, how he felt. Must watch.
Every leader should have frequent one on one sessions with their teammates and figure out what they are good at and what they fear of, which is stopping them from being productive. And your responsibility is to try to remove those fears in them. Removing this fear does not happen overnight. A technique called ‘Guided mastery’, coined by Albert Bandura(one of the greatest living psychologists), is helpful to overcome any fears in life.
This quality in many leaders who are successful, has worked like a motivation factor for the team and as well as the organisation, as a whole. Leaders taking credits(like a one man show), does not work in teams. A small recognition in the terms of credit, incentive, reward, promotion or just a pat on the back, works wonders in boosting creative confidence.
您如何使自己可见并具有相关性？ (How do you make yourself visible & relevant?)
By creating valuable exposure for yourself. Thanks to the different social media platforms which are easily available to create this exposure at scale. Create content which is valuable for your audience and help them in whichever way possible. Find out the different ways of communication you are good at, it can be writing, video-making, podcasts, memes, cartoons, caricatures , gifs, etc., and use it to communicate your valuable content out there. LinkedIn is one of a great platform now to make yourself visible, relevant and build your brand.
“It’s not what you do between 9 to 5, that makes you, it’s what you do after that.”
Try to do more of side hustle regarding your work, which makes your portfolio and boosts creative confidence in you. Any new findings, share it with your known designer friends or colleagues, to gather constructive feedback which will make you outgrow yourself.
As mentioned above, take out one good idea, from your think tank journal, and start working on it.
如上所述，从您的智囊期刊中找出一个好主意 ，然后开始进行研究 。
15.拥抱失败😇 (15. Embrace Failures 😇)
We need to redefine failures to learnings. People need to be given that flexibility of quickly failing and moving on with the learnings. Don’t use the blame game to justify failures. Have an open minded culture, where failures are not frowned upon.
16.在舒适区域之外学习创新技能skill🎨 (16. Learn a creative skill outside your comfort zone 👩🎨)
When you are out of your comfort zone, and you keep exploring, there are points of achievements in this explorations.
This explorations in new fields, is called as Creative Cross Training. Check out this blog below, where Author, Srinivas Rao explains “The Power of Creative Cross Training: How Experimentation Creates Possibility”.
Exploring a new pet skill has its own benefits : encourages open minded approach, you will meet failures(which is good, as mentioned in the above point 15), you embrace new POVs, get fresh ideas and it boosts your creative landscape and confidence.
Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, coined the term “keystone habits” to describe positive habits that have a strong correlation with other positive habits — like a ripple effect of positivity. For example, exercising regularly has been proven to increase confidence levels and lead to healthier eating and sleeping habits. When you adopt keystone habits, a lot of other things in your life tend to fall into place. Source.
18.在一些关键领域进行微管理💁♀️ (18. Micro manage in some key areas 💁♀️)
Micro managing is a bad thing for productivity you would say. Yes, definitely I agree with you. It hits your productivity massively and your confidence and trust level decrease with your leader/manager. But there are different areas, where micro management can be done responsibly & effectively.
What has happened in the past few years is that, most of the open-minded managers understood the negative impacts of micro management and have totally given up on it. That itself is a problem. You need to micro manage with your employees, not for work, but for otherpsychological & mental state of things.
- Is that person having any issues with other team member/s?
- If that person is unable to deliver work, what went wrong personally or professionally, both?
- Ask that person, how would they like to rate their manager/leader and get points of improvements from them.
- What is that person’s expectations or preferences from the next project?
And so on…
It is no surprise that the number one reason employees leave their companies, is due to ineffective managers. Leaders need to stand as a support system and should act as a catalyst in the growth of their people.
Micro management should be done on the right stuff, not particularly on their work. If you take care of the emotional and mental state of mind of your employee, then great work is bound to happen(great work is the by product of such positive ecosystem).
To understand one of the key concepts of effective communication & content, ie, KISS(Keep it Simple & Short), this task or exercise can be an interesting one to explore. To start of, you can take examples of famous movies and summarise them in not more than 6 words.
For more inspiration have a look at this Instagram page of surprisinglyshortstories, where stories are told in short paragraph formats. This exercise will boost your content writing skill in the long run.
20.工作场所的游戏符号👍🏻 (20. Symbols of play at your workplace 👍🏻)
This is for the leaders and organisations specifically, to create an environment, which encourages playfulness. Because through playfulness, comes friendships, trust, interactions and breaking the ice, which eventually leads to a space, where you feel confident to express yourself freely.
82% of the employees agree that companies cannot encourage innovation, unless their workplace design and environment is innovative.
一些例子 (Some examples)
where ‘symbols of play’ in workplaces are built for their people :
The bottom line is, in any profession you may be, boosting your creative side, is key to generate maximum productivity in yourself. End of the day, a cool and pleasant state of mind will be able to produce positive impact for the company and as well as the people.