Creativity is a crucial competency to navigate today’s “new normal.” Leaders are expected to effectively manage growing complexities and advance innovative processes within their organizations. Creative leaders will experience success when they are more willing to challenge assumptions, drop outdated approaches, and experiment with new models.
In 2012, IBM asked 1500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide what traits are most necessary to navigate our increasingly complex working environment. The characteristic of creativity outweighed all other traits in the survey, including rigor, management discipline, integrity, and even vision.
To find out what the vice president of business systems at VF Corp learned from the artistic director of Triad Stage, read my column “In business as in theater, creativity is imperative” News and Record published April 28, 2014. Read more.
When I initially contemplated the notion of writing a year’s worth of columns for the local paper on creativity and innovation, I did what all good staffers at my office did when confronted with a new idea: I stepped across the hall and consulted our most trusted adviser to all new ideas: our office manager Judy Morton. Judy had been there since the early, early days and she has an innate organizational and community compass that is our touchstone.
I explained to Judy my curiosity about local companies who are forging new directions, and she simply replied, “You are looking for the bongo factor.” She explains it like this: All other things being equal, if there’s someone who can play the bongos when no one else can, that’s the distinction that propels them to success. The bongo factor wakes the brain; makes you take notice. I like to think of it as a differentiator among competitors.
For a great example of the bongo factor click "Read More" below.