There can be no doubt that a confused, chaotic, distracted and an unsettled mind can lead to some spectacular states of creativity, but for most of us it’s a rare event. And when it comes to being creative and innovative in a business setting those states will more often get you fired than hailed as a creative genius. It’s better to leave the turbulent mind to writers of fiction and artists deeply involved in self expression.
A top requirement to encouraging creativity and innovation within a business is the ability to communicate your ideas to a group of peers in your team. So being creative generally is not enough you also need to bring the rest of the explorers along with you on your journey to find the next big thing. If management is finding it hard to take ideas to fruition and to create an acceptable ROI you’ll you need a facilitator to help guide the process.
Generative Dialogue is a process that can facilitate a deep level of communication within your organization and one of the tools used in Dialogue is mindfulness. Our knowledge that Mindfulness Boosts Creativity paired with the Dialogue process can lead the team to a mutual understanding of each participants creative outlook and innovative thinking is a strong combination.
The benefits of Mindfulness also leads to deepened proficiency in:
- Lucidity: a consistent mindfulness practice leads to a lucid outlook of the problem at hand. A lucid mind is not overwhelmed with chatter and noise that can prevent creative solutions from emerging.
- Intuition: Being in a creative state is often compared to connecting with your intuition. Mindfulness aids a person in getting in touch with their intuition allowing more direct perception of ideas and solutions beyond direct reasoning.
- Attention: Mindfulness practice is particularly suited to strengthening your attention. Being able to concentrate on one object or thought at a time allows for deeper access to innovative and creative solutions and alternative views.
- Objectivity: Mindfulness can help you develop a strong ability to see things as they are without the normal emotional baggage we usually bring to the table. Be proficient at objectivity is especially important to the development of new products and services.
— MLD/Mel Lim Design (@mellimdesign) February 6, 2015
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