Curious Minds: Innovation in Life and Work
About This Show
Learn from inspiring innovators who are rethinking life and work in a changing world. Each week, Gayle Allen discovers how these entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and inventors, achieve their most fascinating and inspiring breakthroughs. Have fun taking a peek into their Curious Minds!
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CM 079: Jennifer Mueller on Creativity
7 days ago
Think we want creative ideas? Think again.
While most of us are swimming in creative ideas, the research shows that we tend to go with what we already know. This love-hate relationship with creativity discourages innovation and causes people and organizations to stagnate.
Jennifer Mueller, author of the book Creative Change: Why We Resist It . . . How We Can Embrace It, has spent years studying how leaders and organizations handle creative change. She understands why we resist creativity and how to recognize this tendency. She also gives us strategies for promoting creativity in our organizations and for pitching our creative ideas.
Jennifer is an Associate Professor at the University of San Diego, and she has served on the business school faculty of Wharton, Yale, and NYU. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review.
In this interview, we discuss:
How our discomfort with uncertainty can cause us to kill creative ideas
How generating creative ideas is easier than moving ahead with them
The the novelty of creative ideas is what makes them so difficult to accept
How leaders really want ways to determine which creative ideas have value, not more creative ideas
Why it is hard for leaders to admit they do not know whether a creative idea has value
We prize correct solutions over a creative ones because of the uncertainty involved
How creativity is uncertainty unleashed in a particular moment
Why a how-best mindset limits our ability to stay open to creative ideas
What a bias against creativity looks like and how we can reduce it
Whether we are rejecting a creative idea or how it makes us feel and why this matters
Why a successful medical inventor avoids using the term incubator for his startups
Why we should treat innovation like a process rather than an outcome
How coaching and encouraging trumps teaching when it comes to creative ideas
How and why we need to evaluate creative ideas differently from other kinds of ideas
How strength in decision-making works against being open to creative ideas
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