Count me among the masses (judging from blog posts, tweets, stumbles, etc) who liked the HBR’s Anti-Creativity Checklist by Youngme Moon. I’ve uttered every statement on the list at least once and have heard them many times. We all have, which is why the video has gone viral.
Amidst all this activity and exposure, I wonder how many managers will use the video as a tool to unlock the creativity in their organizations? Here’s what I might do with it…
- Play it at my next meeting to kickoff a new project or initiative.
- Acknowledge that this type of thinking is part of organizational behavior and encourage discussion about it.
- Include reducing “anti-creativity” as one of my project’s goals and monitor it just as I would any other deliverable.
- Help the team to keep talking about it and catching ourselves doing it. Note external dampers on our initiative’s creativity (from project sponsors, other departments, etc) and address it just like we would any other speed bump.
- Include a “creativity assessment” in our project wrap-up.
Heading to work now with a bit more mindfulness …
Update 4/5/2010: Readers may be interested in Pro-creativity lists for public libraries, part 1