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REIQ Journal : February 2010
"Next time a major brief hits your desk resist the impulse to have a chat with the person next to you. Instead, spend a bit of time thinking about it on your own. Once you have come up with a few good ideas -- and possibly some not-so-good ones -- then ask your co-workers for input." She also suggests sending around an email that explains the problem or brief to the team a few days before the meeting. One technique Amantha uses to facilitate useful idea generation at meetings or workshops is called "shifting". It involves people generating ideas on their own, then joining with a group for ve minutes to listen to and build on the ideas. The members of the group then go back to working individually for another ve minutes before repeating the group process of building ideas. We're all born creative Having worked with thousands of individuals across many di erent organisations, Amantha says that the main myth she has to debunk is that creativity is something you have to be born with. "I have heard so many people claim that they don't have a creative bone in their body and they can't change that. This simply is not true," she insists. "Everyone has the ability to be creative -- often it's just about being given the right tools or stimulus." Australia Post Mail Marketing is ready to make DM easy. For assistance with your direct marketing needs, visit www.auspost.com. au/mailmarketing or email firstname.lastname@example.org 1. Encourage staff to take regular breaks, and take them yourself; 2. Formally recognise staff who contribute and develop new ideas; 3. Introduce creative thinking time into business procedures, such as meetings and project planning; 4. Try to minimise extended periods of extreme pressure; 5. Allocate uninterrupted time for workers to generate creative solutions; 6. Train your staff in innovative thinking tools, skills and processes; 7. Put a plant or a red lamp on your desk; 8. Create a social, break-out area in your office; 9. Display interesting articles and posters on the walls of your office; Change your screensaver to a picture of nature or, if you have a view, take time to gaze out the window once in a while. 10. Tips for igniting creativity in your workplace OUR CLIENTS LOVE THEIR BOSS! PM BOSS is more than a PropertyManagement Procedure Manual. PM BOSS is an invaluable on-line 'library' of resources for Property Management business owners and staff to refer to for best practice systems, documents, guidance and ideas. It's a 'blue print' for your Property Management business. PM BOSS is RTRA Act compliant. ENQUIRE TODAY -- Call 1300 734 596 www.realestatedynamics.com.au REIQ Journal February 2010 20 INDUSTRY PRACTICE
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