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Professional Reading January

29 Jan

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I know there are lots of books out there on creativity but Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert has a great deal to say. Gilbert writes that one of the biggest roadblocks to creativity is fear. Whether it’s the fear or failure or the fear of rejection, staff must be encouraged to speak up because often they won’t because they’re scared that their ideas won’t pass the test. As a leader, it’s up to you to communicate to employees that creative ideas are welcome and encouraged. A way to do this effectively is by clearly communicating that ideas are encouraged, and failure is not shunned, but instead viewed as a learning tool. We are teachers after all. Lifelong learners.

It can be hard to let your people make mistakes, but the same failure that stops them in their tracks can be the failure that helps them develop a stronger solution or idea. Instead of expecting perfection, good leaders inspire their employees to fail quickly and makes them feel safe enough to share and try their ideas. We do it with our students so why not with staff?

 

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