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Creativity and Innovation

Definition: Develops new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to make organizational improvements; creates a work environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation.  Designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs and processes.

Ideas for Developing this Competency: 

  • Go to the library or an art museum for inspiration.
  • Harness the collective talents of your group by holding think-tank or brainstorming sessions with your colleagues/team.
  • Look for more than one great solution for any problem.
  • Improve a process or procedure that is inefficient or out of date.
  • Start a new service.
  • Buy a box of toys for energizers at meetings.
  • Start a brainstorming session with your most ridiculous ideas.
  • Come dressed for Halloween any day of the year.
  • Use energizers to start meetings.
  • Read Games Trainers Play and More Games for Trainers by Edward E. Scannell on ideas for energizers.
  • Start a new hobby like art, photography, or other fine arts.
  • Teach small children a craft.


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