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.

By Editors  |  November 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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I think, there is another very important challenging key is missing here. Along with allowing your employees feel as a vital part of the mission, they should feel that this mission will be rewarding for all, including them.
"The light at the end of the tunnel for all" may not only encourage your employees to run faster, but also run more efficient, more productive, run happier. I would suggest allocating a reward for fast running.

Posted by: vahemaga | November 16, 2008 9:34 PM

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