Outside of the box thinking

Recently, I came across a quote from Albert Einstein, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." One of the notorious things that Einstein was known for (besides being a genius), was his ability to think outside of the box in problem solving.

Avoid Dogma

For a man who struggle in schooling, he had the knack for not thinking through dogma. Dogma is a set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true. People often give into the temptation of only accepting what has been told to them or applied to them by non verbals within a group. Don't be afraid to question everything. True problem solving comes from looking at the situation from all angles.

Creative minds don't think alike

Whenever you have a group of people daunted with the task of creating something collectively and there is a strong consensus with no disagreements, odds are you don't have enough creative people on the team! Creative people have strong opinions, they are temperamental, and sometimes very insecure about their ideas. Creative people wake up every day scared to death that they will not have something creative to give. That is what makes them good at what they do! Without enough creative people on your team, ideas become mundane and cohesiveness becomes the ultimate goal.

Unity kills ideas

No one likes conflict, especially when you are trying to work together to plan an event or come up with a creative idea. But a healthy dose of strong disagreement can help bring clarification to brain storming. Unfortunately, the idea that the sole purpose of a team needing to always be unified results in no one wanting to rock the boat. "Team" members will not speak their mind in a disagreement because of fear of accusation of not being a team player.

Forming creative teams is hard work and it takes even more work to keep them going. Never shy away from expanding your teams to include highly creative people!