19 – You’re a Creativity Superhero! Want to know more?
Whether you know it or not, the way you solve problems is your superhero creativity strength! Seriously. It’s what sets you apart when taking on a challenge. And, it’s important you use your powers for good, and know when to pull in other’s superpowers to create innovation. (There’s even an IBM Whitepaper that shows teams that understand this increase successful solutions that make it to market!). Find out how: Accessing your unique approach to creativity so you can harness strengths for success Identifying your signals for sabotaging creativity to prevent derailing important missions Spotting creativity in others to complement your ideas and innovation
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How low that and welcome to the hi. Hello, Sergio. I am your host Sera. Our Naimi. So as always, I am so happy that you're here and just really humbled by the generosity of you showing up and sharing with me, your experiences and reviews that you share and the experiences that you've had in terms of applying what you've had on the high-low series show just mean the wild teammate.
And as I always say, I'm just always learning so much as you're sharing the stories of the applications. And I felt like we're learning together, which is really exciting. So thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. And today on the episode, I really wanted to focus on you actually.
I always wanna focus on you, but like this is, you'll see what I mean in a minute. And this is really about harnessing and focusing on your creativity, strengths and becoming aware of what your unique creativity strength is. And so what do I mean by that? I wanna reveal in this episode exactly what I mean by that.
And I've talked about this before. This is not the first time I've talked about it, but I just can't help myself because this is something that is so important. And this is something that I use everyday. I use with teams every day and the minute that they have an awareness of it, it just, it's such a game changer.
And it's, and it's so personal as well, which is what makes it really exciting. And it's why. At the beginning of my only show creativity masterclass. It's why I actually begin there because I want to begin with you. And once we have an awareness of of our strength, our creativity strength it opens up so much.
And so I always focus on that at the very beginning of the journey before we even get into our creativity like mindsets and innovation process and innovation tools like it's no, we have to stop everything that we're doing. I really get grounded in your creativity strength.
So in this episode, I want to share with you what that means what the different flavors are and how you can spot those individuals out in the wild how it could be helpful for you and how how you might currently be getting stuck by over-relying on your creativity preference. And, ultimately that awareness can get you unstuck.
And additionally, you might be getting really secretly or not. So secretly annoyed with certain team members or even some family. Partnerships where you're just like, oh man, I'm really annoying me, but now I'm going to share some stuff with you. And you're going to just say, I'm just going to say, you're welcome because you're going to really like it.
So let's get stuck in. Okay. So different. They're all different creativity, preferences or strengths. And we need these different preferences in order to get innovation out the door. So sometimes we call them creative problem, solving styles and order for innovation to happen. We have to have the clarifying innovation problem creative problem solving style.
We need to have the ideation. We need to have the development. Are we to have the implementation and we need all four, we need all four for innovation to actually get out. the door And so if we can understand where our preferences, so our preference is exactly that it's our preference. It's where we get energy it's where we still, we feel flowy.
It's where we feel like where like in all superhero strengths, it's why we feel like we're on fire. It's what people would pay us. I don't know, a thousand dollars an hour to do. It's where we feel most aligned. It's where people compliment us the most. So that's our preference, right? But it's not, our preference is not to say that is actually our ability because, we can actually flex into these other areas too, but it's really important for us to know our preferences and all this body of work by the way, is not just me getting jazz handed about it and getting super stoked and excited.
Although I do get very jagged handed and super stoked. I'm very excited about it. This is actually based on 65 years of empirical evidence. I research it's it's by an assessment called foresight and it's used in six different continents. And it's used across industries has been used at Disney has been used at NASA.
It's been used with the Navy seals, so we are not messing around. And also there's more, I always have more for you. There is an IBM white paper that showed an independent white paper that showed that people that knew that preferences, their creativity preferences that teams that knew that had a higher correlation of getting innovation out the door increased collaboration and a reduction in conflict, which are all amazing things.
So I want to share with you some of the archetypes, and I want to just see if you recognize some of them and if you did actually want to get to know for sure, actually do the assessment, then you can you can reach out to me and you, and we can do that. And then I will debrief you on it and all the glorious things.
And equally, if you wanted to really get into it in week one of unleash your creativity. This is why we start with via creative superhero. And so you would do your assessment and you would get to know where you are. We would do all those reflections there as well.
So there's many roads to Rome and I'm just providing you with a couple of them right now. So let's get into it. Okay. This is really exciting stuff. The fast one is the clarifying. So The Clarifier likes to ask a lot of questions clarify will never make assumptions. The Clarifier really just wants to really understand what is the challenge that we're solving for?
Why are we solving this challenge? What's involved? What is the another research project? What's being methodical and deliberate and have the opportunity to ask a lot of. Which is really exciting. And we really need those clarifiers at the beginning of these projects to figure out what is the potential of what we could be working on versus what we're immediately given.
So they're really the strict, like the strategic mindedness really comes in with a clarifying. One of the ways that a clarifier might, and with others is by asking a lot of questions, providing way too much information, right? Overburdening you with information, and there might be just be like a bit of analysis paralysis.
So if you recognize your minds yourself as having a preference for clarifying, then you know, we really need you obviously but like these might be some of your watch outs and this might be where you get stock in projects and can't move forward to the next phase. So it's really good to be aware of that.
And what are the things that you can do is not only can you be aware of it, but you can acquire skills in the other areas so that you can flex those muscles. And I always say that these tools and these skills are just like going to the gym, we're building some muscles. And so you're getting those muscle wraps in so that they become a bit more intuitive, but equally you can have other members of the team who have a high preference there too.
And so you can collaborate. So the next phase of innovation is that of the ideator. So just as it sounds, this individual is big picture thinking can pattern spots from one thing to the other can come up with some very conceptual ideas which is very exciting, the really neat space to be imaginative and to play and to think of all the infinite possibilities.
So really give an ideator that space, but equity ideators, you might annoy others by being a bit too abstract by not sticking to any one idea. That could be a real challenge. And your lack of commitment to ideas, and then also you might get agitated with people when they just don't get your idea because it's too abstract and too whimsical.
Okay. So that's your watch out. The next one is that of the developer. So the developer likes to weigh up options. They want to create a workable solution. They are really want to look at the pros and cons to everything which is like so needed before we get an idea out into market. But the challenge with a developer is that, maybe they're going to be tweaking the idea too much.
It's never quite perfect. So that could be the Achilles heel for the developers. And now let's have a little look. The implementers, the implements is like a Nike, just do it individual. And this person is just kinda like, why are we still talking? We can just get this going. I can fix this they're unflappable.
They really like to grab something and put something real out into the world so they can get a lot of momentum behind projects. These are the people that get the thing out the door. The Achilles heel is that they might get half the projects out the door. They might also just get really annoyed with people if they don't feel like they're being as responsive and offering things in a timely way to their requests.
So that's the implementer. So listening to those four, I'm not sure which ones are, you're resonating with or your oh my gosh, that is so me and you might actually be a combination. You might be a combination of two or three or even four, if you're all four, then you're an integrator, which means that depending on the team that you're in or the situation you can actually rise to fill any one of those positions, which is wonderful.
But then your watch out is that maybe your opinion, isn't always hard, or maybe you're not always reflecting European. So this is really top level and what's exciting is that the different combinations like our different archetypes and it's really lovely to be able to go deeper into it and to actually spot people out in the wild.
But also to think about, If you think about your strengths and with that, we can think about, what are your over extensions? What is your Achilles heel? What are you noticing is getting in the way of you making the difference that you want to make in the world and actually am having the impact, like where are the points that you're getting stuck and where is the potential to get unstuck?
And part of that is a skill acquisition, where you can build the tools and the awareness into the other areas, which is what we go into in unleash your creativity. But the other thing is finding those allies, finding those creative, create your superhero team, your sidekicks are, create your oceans 1113.
So if you think about your current the people that you work with, whether you're an entrepreneur or your arm in an organization, you're an entrepreneur who is it that you're currently collaborating with? Is there a gap, is there a gap that you need failing. And then when you think about your organization or you think about that team you're in, I had a conversation with somebody today who was high implementer and as we were discussing things, she said, I think that actually the other team members that I have are probably a lot of ideation.
We, which is great because that means she has ideation, but then also it's challenging because then she's the only implementer. And so how do we move things forward in our instance? And so one of the things that we suggested as bringing in some of that clarifying ability and also bringing in that developer right into the team and, and so these different combinations can play really nicely with one another because different combinations can become really great collaborators.
So for example a developer's gonna find the challenges with a solution and an ideator is going to fill those challenges. So if you have the two of them working together, then that's very exciting equally. A developer might be refining a solution, but not really not really stopping. So if we provide a developer with the insight from a clarifier, which is, what is the success criteria.
But then all of a sudden, a developer has a grade with which to assess the ideas and to actually make them better and to refine them if you're walking with a high clarifier and an ideation, then it's really wonderful to have developers and implementers, get the ideas out the door. So I can speak for myself. I peak pretty high on clarifying and ideating and that I don't really I have a neutral to low peak preference for the development and implementation. So I make sure to surround myself with people who are more inclined that way. And I also check myself at the door.
If I find myself resisting putting something out into the world, then I know exactly what I'm doing. And I had to give myself a good nudge to get. So these are some of the archetypes, and these are the things that you can draw upon on a daily level to get unstuck, to collaborate, to reduce conflict within your teams and within your projects.
Because ultimately we want to have amazing things going out into the world that actually make a difference. And this is one way to access that. And if I mentioned, if you want to know more about that, go to hi, hello, sera.com forward slash unleash your creativity. And that's where the last class is. And this is be a creativity superhero, which is week one.
This is like the kickoff. This is the exciting moments at the very beginning where you get to find out your specific preference. And then from that place, or we go on a journey together to, to, you were bringing your own challenge that you want to solve. And then over the sequence of the different weeks, we together will help crack that challenge.
But it's really important that we start off with you and your lens and how you see things in the world. Because that's how you're going to assess things, and as a leader, it's really important for you to know the lens in which you're looking at the world, because that's probably the lens that you're looking at your team and their success and their productivity.
And so how valuable is it to have this information to also be able to recognize the other contributions that that the team is bringing and to value all of that and be able to assemble it with the different projects, be able to allocate time to each of these activities so that we can get innovation out the door.
So if you want something done fast, then you would put like with like on a project, but if you want something that is truly innovative, that is breakthrough, that creates that disruption. That's where you, we want that diverse team to drive innovation out the door. So that is that is our focus on your creativity strength.
That's what we're focusing on today. I'm really excited to hear from you about who you think he might be who you think your partner might be, or who you think your best friend might be. Do you think your teammates might be, and the way that's showing up in the walk and in your interactions, and maybe just maybe knowing about all of these.
Maybe it creates a shift in our perspective and it creates a shift in behavior. I really would love to hear from you about the impact that has. And just to hear your stories, just to hear the real life stories from your real life, and maybe like any obstacles that you're finding or any successes that you're finding.
And that way we can share that with the group and that we can continue to get better to continue to learn from one another and contribute to each other's growth. So I'm just, I'm always thrilled that you're here. I'm always in super deep gratitude that you're here and until next time, just so happy.
And thank you for joining and I am your host sewer Ali.