Foster Creativity -- Even Under Pressure
Your company's ability to develop the products and services of tomorrow depends on the highest levels of creativity among employees. But time pressure can erode creativity. Nevertheless, in some organizations, creativity thrives despite brutal deadlines. How? Managers minimize time pressure's toll and use it to inspire fresh thinking.
One way to accomplish this feat is to help employees feel that they're on a mission during times of high pressure. Don't just hand down arbitrary deadlines to get them running faster; they'll feel they're on a treadmill, not a mission. Instead, make sure people understand why tight deadlines are necessary--by explaining the urgent need for their work.
November 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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