As consumption of resources continues to increase, creativity will be even more important to ensure longevity for future generations. The ability to generate and implement creative solutions can ultimately decide the future, especially when it comes to dealing with some of the world’s biggest challenges like failing infrastructure and global warming. As cheesy as this may sound, we need to embrace creativity as a necessary skill set and not let it fall by the wayside with other skills that were nurtured in our youth, such as imagination and curiosity.
Imagine if we all included creativity in our day-to-day activities. Wouldn’t your workday have an almost whimsical feel to it? What if we were free to let our minds explore various solutions to problems—without ridicule. This is all very possible. Just like any habit or skill in this book, it requires a shift away from the belief of “we always do things this way.” This dogma traps organizations and individuals and shackles them from producing truly extraordinary results. I challenge you to take off the proverbial blinders and look at your projects with a new zest. Look at them with fresh eyes and see what you’re missing “in plain sight.”
Learning Objectives: In this session, you will:
• Learn how to harness creativity on your team.
• Understand the common barriers to creativity in engineering teams.
• Determine the best way to tackle a problem using creativity.
• Find out how to maintain a “rookie” mentality in your day-to-day practice to increase creativity.