“Creativity and innovation training is a highly effective accelerant for business results.”
Contrary to naysayers’ beliefs, creativity is a skill set for which training can be developed, delivered, and deployed. In fact, brainstorming is enhanced by training! Those who tout research saying that brainstorming is ineffective are usually quoting studies that were conducted in situations wherein no training was provided in advance.
Another fallacy that people latch onto is the thought that some people are innovative and others are not. Inside larger companies that tend towards bureaucracy and group think, it can be hard to jump start creativity and innovation. Yet, most will acknowledge that analysis sans insight has severe limitations. Fraley advocates for the principle that training can make a big difference in bridging the gap between market knowledge and potential.
As you can see from the study, creativity training (when done well) can be instructive for employees who need to learn how to think and express ideas in a more positive, focused, and spontaneous way. Breakthrough results often occur when properly fueled by a rapid, flexible, and structured process at the front end of innovation.
Most R&D or innovation initiatives include no budget for training. Since creativity can aid with problem solving and problem finding, organizations need to be awakened to the potential missed from failure to pre-train. Fraley feels creativity and innovation training accelerates innovation in five strategic ways:
- Improved creative thinking leads to enhanced innovation capacity, and with action, results.
- Training helps instill structured creative thinking and innovation process as a cultural value and habit.
- Training provides innovation teams with a common language and framework to solve problems, improve communication, expedite complex problem resolution, and moving new business concepts forward.
- Training corrects many of the myths that surround creativity and innovation. There is a science to this that is largely ignored. For those that learn and practice the science — it’s a competitive advantage.
- Team efficiency improves because a lot of useless chatter, debate, and conflict are eliminated.
Creativity is intimately related to change, decision making, and problem solving — it’s not just artistic self-expression!