So begins an article from the Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge site called "Getting Down to the Business of Creativity."
- Business leaders must manage and support creativity just as they would any other asset.
- People have their best days and do their best work when they are allowed to make progress.
- Their research suggests that most managers are not in tune with the inner work lives of their employees.
- For the longest time, creativity was considered the work of a genius operating on their own, however, there's a construction of creativity that involves many other actors.
Innovation, which is really just another name for creative problem-solving, must be done in such a way as to support the overall strategy of the organization. Discipline V - Innovate Purposefully is a discipline that is detailed in the award-winning handbook Six Disciplines for Excellence. It is not an isolated event in an annual or quarterly cycle; it's a mindset that permeates the culture of an excellent organization.