Cultivating Creative Genius

Posted by Tom Locke on April 9th, 2014 filed in Business, Education, History, Life

According to Stephan Wiedner (founder of, the three elements needed to build creative genius in the workplace are curiosity, outward thinking and positivity.

  1. Curiosity –  This is one ingredient that nearly all creative geniuses have in common. Albert Einstein once wrote, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious” .
  2. Outward Thinking – most successful teams embrace outside points of view. So rather than focusing on themselves, they tend to shift their attention outward, enhancing their own work by collaborating and studying what others are doing.
  3. Positivity – Recent research shows  that happiness in the workplace causes people to work harder and be more productive. What’s more, another study found that people are more creative  when they feel happy and intrinsically motivated.
The last element above, positivity, is a big one for me.  David Logan, Ph.D. and author of  ‘Tribal Leadership“, points out that great teams move from thinking “I’m great ” to “We’re great, ” ultimately reaching the level of “Life is great. ” This positive outlook broadens your point of view and enhances your creative problem-solving abilities.
Some tactics to consider in cultivating creative genius within your teams include lunch-and-learn events, investing in coaching for your employees, shaking up your meeting agendas (with positive news at the get-go) and engaging your employees by encouraging them for their input.

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