To kill creativity, simply restrict freedom

Published by Lori Pickert on August 5, 2011 at 09:53 PM

If you want to kill creativity, then simply restrict employees’ freedom in how they reach their goals. Two common methods are by changing the goals too frequently or by implicitly communicating to your staff that new methods are not welcome. Employees will soon get the message and stop trying.6 Ways to Kill Creativity

Now, replace “employees” and “staff” with “children”...

6 comments

Comment by Cristina on August 6, 2011 at 03:39 PM

How very true!

Comment by jane on August 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM

When this used to happen to me while teaching, I would quietly close the door and not open it until June. Fellow teachers would ask how I accomplished what I did with the students I was given. I told them I followed my gut and didn't follow the rules.

Comment by Lori Pickert on August 7, 2011 at 01:03 PM

hi cristina. :)

jane, replacing "employees" and "staff" with "children" .. works equally well to slot in the word "teachers", doesn't it?

Comment by Cristina on August 7, 2011 at 03:30 PM

:o) Hi Lori! I'm sorry my comment wasn't longer. My daughter was unusually creative this week and I was pretty tired. FYI, don't assume a child won't try the same "experiment" twice. Especially an experiment that will require a doctor. We revisited the bean in the ear, but this time it got a bit out of hand and required anesthetic. *sigh*

Note to self: When using them for counting games, pick beans that are larger than ear canals and nasal passages.

See? I can laugh about it now. :o) And don't feel you need to post this comment, I know it's probably slightly off-topic.

Peace and Laughter!

Comment by Lori Pickert on August 7, 2011 at 03:36 PM

anesthetic! :O

hope everything is good now. :)

haha, too late — i did post it. but beans in ears are always on topic with me. experimentation! ;)

xoxo

Comment by Heather on August 18, 2011 at 06:27 PM

As you can tell, I am catching up on my blog reading. I relish reading your posts. Thank you again for your insights and the quotes you reference.

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