A happy creative is a productive creative
To say that creative professionals are unique professionals it’s an understatement; few other job titles are there that rely so much and solely on their brainpower to achieving the goals they have to. As many manuals and books that there might be on the topic, creativity is a path that has more guidelines than actual rules. Sometimes it even feels like trying to hit a pinata with your eyes covered, but the pinata is moving and you’re inside a bouncy castle. Here are some tips on how to keep creative people happy, stimulated and productive:
Little changes can be big changes
Little changes inside a team can put creatives in a completely different mindset triggering their excitement and, thus, their creativity. Even if it is a small move, like changing your creative session from one room you always work into the outside world, this will only nurture the brains. If you want to think outside the box, step outside the box.
Make it challenging
The task itself doesn’t need to be challenging, but the way in which you look at it can vary a lot. Creative brainstorming methods like Triggers can help you to introduce new ways of thinking and new paths into your brain wiring so you can explore new lines.
Learning is caring
All learning you can do is something that will expand your brain; also, the more you share with your team, the more chances you’re giving them to learn new ideas, new ways of thinking or new inspiration resources. This is the centre of what stimulation means; feeding the brain enough electricity to spark the magic.
Stop and think it over
If something is not working properly, if you feel that some process is getting stuck or is not developing properly, if you have a gut feeling that someone is not happy or performing as they’d wish to do... stop. Take a step back. Have a little talk. Without clearing all the issues, there’s no way of stepping forward or trying to find any stimulation.
We talked to Sven to know how they are using Triggers in their daily work.
It's not easy to comment on other people's work without pissing them off or making them feel judged. Smart creatives know how to use feedback as a powerful tool to grow the quality of their work and inspire others to do better.
The creative process can be much like a rollercoaster. Up and down and up again in no time. It's impossible to avoid these emotional curves, but what you can do is identify them and fight back.
It's a good thing to fight for ideas we believe in, altho it's useless if we fight for them just because they are ours. When you work in teams to create solutions to a problem, it should never be a personal competition to see who contributed to the winning idea; it's about working together towards the same goal.
It's difficult for people to go from 0 to 10 in no time. That's why we recommend you to prepare some warming exercise before you get everyone to work, especially if you are running a workshop with clients. With these simple tricks, you'll make sure you break the ice and have your team's brain ready to ideate.
Triggers is excellent opening creative paths and making it very easy for everyone to come up with ideas. Even your clients don't have any training; they'll have a great and useful time using the cards.
A goal is the essential part of a team. Without a goal, your team is just a group of people gathering around. There would be no purpose and no clear direction. That's why, before every creative meeting, we advise you to set the goal of the session very clear.
It is a common problem. It could be personality, personal situation, or trust issues. Whatever the reason is, the problem is always the same: not everyone contributes with ideas when brainstorming. Even when it could sound like a huge issue and some difficult to solve, it's not. You just need to introduce one simple step in your creative sessions: first write, then share.
Admit it. We don't know how to listen really. It's a common thing. When someone comes to tell us something, while we are listening, we already think what to answer. It's an automatic mechanism inside of us, and it usually leads to a lot of prejudges and misunderstandings.
Ideating with Triggers cards could be addictive! That isn't necessarily a bad thing (we assure you there are no health contraindications), but we recommend to put a limit on the number of cards you use for each session.