Is creativity valued at your workplace?

I’d like to share a fascinating post by Keith Sawyer in which he talks about the fact that Americans value creativity more than just about any other characteristic.

83% of Americans think that creativity is important in their job and 91% think that its even more important in their personal lives.

http://keithsawyer.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/what-americans-think-about-creativity/

This strikes me as interesting because people in creative roles often say that they are regarded as slightly unreliable and prone to fluffiness (for want of a better word). They even reported that they had missed out on high level management positions precisely because they were considered to be slightly less solid and responsible.

A lot depends on how you define creativity. If you think that being creative is about being flexible, looking at problems from a range of perspectives and exploring options, then clearly being creative is a a great skill to have at work and at play. Most of the books I read about creativity stress the fact that what makes the difference in most creative endeavours is discipline, so I would argue that being creative is easily as useful as having good management skills.

And finally, neither of these attributes are going to make you a success in your work or personal life unless you have warmth and compassion for your fellow human beings.

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