Xxxxxi) Not Having A Creative Mindset

Despite much of change being about the intangibles, ie influence, relationships, conversations, etc, we still focus on the tangibles, ie frameworks, tools and techniques.

For change to be effective, you need to create the right mindset with an appropriate skill base for behavioural change. Thus, for the change to be effective you need to have

- tangibles aligned, eg suitable frameworks and tools plus

- skills that will result in real behavioural changes, eg questioning, listening, interviewing, facilitating, etc plus

- appropriate mindset, ie habit of mind that involves agility, resilience, creativity, etc

A creative mindset is pivotal in change. However, there is too often focus on deliverables like effectiveness, efficiency, etc and a reductionist approach rather than creativity.

The creative mindset involves agility, flexibility, challenging the status quo, vulnerability, etc.

The 5 key elements of a creative mindset:

i) ability to handle ambiguity (not knowing; making it up as you go along; being comfortable with uncertainty and vulnerability as the brain craves certainty; be aware of your unconscious biases, etc)

ii) curiosity (fascination; willingness to challenge and/or query everything, especially assumptions; dissatisfaction with the status quo; don't take things for granted; ask short, open-ended questions, etc)

iii) playfulness (use humour; be childlike; have fun, be vulnerable, etc)

iv) generative (actively seek positive alternatives; keep all options open; continually experimenting; initially chase quantity rather than quality, etc)

v) empathy (have an authentic understanding of what is important to others; ask questions; become a good listener so that people feel they are being heard, etc)
(source: Mo Fox, 2021)

 

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