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Creativity Management 'Organizational Culture

As idea generation is a cognitive activity, it follows that certain environments will inhibit that activity (and expression of) whilst others will foster it.

Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation whilst innovation can be defined as idea selection, development and commercialisation.

There are other useful definitions in this field, for example, creativity can be defined as consisting of a number of ideas, a number of diverse ideas and a number of novel ideas.

There are distinct processes that enhance problem identification and idea generation and, similarly, distinct processes that enhance idea selection, development and commercialisation. Whilst there is no sure fire route to commercial success, these processes improve the probability that good ideas will be generated and selected and that investment in developing and commercialising those ideas will not be wasted.

Organizational Culture

As idea generation is a cognitive activity, it follows that certain environments will inhibit that activity (and expression of) whilst others will foster it.

Optimum creativity and innovation occurs in a culture that includes:

a) Psychological safety. Where the individual has unconditioned worth. Where it is recognised that the individual is capable of producing without his or her value based on having to produce.

b) Psychological freedom. Where the individual is free to express without that expression being evaluated.

c) Empathy. Where an individual is understood from their point of view and perception.

d) Where ideas are accepted and advanced. That the recognition of the output of the individual is the reward.

e) Where leaders have an understanding of the psychology of expression and counter blocks.

These and other topics are covered in depth in the MBA dissertation on Managing Creativity & Innovation, which can be purchased (along with a Creativity and Innovation DIY Audit, Good Idea Generator Software and Power Point Presentation) from

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Kal Bishop, MBA

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Kal Bishop is a management consultant based in London, UK. He has consulted in the visual media and software industries and for clients such as Toshiba and Transport for London. He has led Improv, creativity and innovation workshops, exhibited artwork in San Francisco, Los Angeles and London and written a number of screenplays. He is a passionate traveller. He can be reached on


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