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All too often, entrepreneurs build companies that stifle the very creativity they need. Here's how to get that creative spark back.
Excerpted: Three changes (of five) you can make today to bring creativity back to your culture.
Offer Unlimited Vacation
Offering unlimited vacation won't make people skip work every Friday or leave people hanging at deadlines. Instead, it will give them control to choose when they decide to work and when they don't. Although this may seem trivial, being able to choose means everything in a creative culture.
Ditch the Meetings
The worst part about meetings is that they're incredibly easy to add. Even if you make an agenda, the number will only go up as you grow in size. As a result, little creative thinking will get done during the day.
Nix Department Goals
Department goals often help managers more than employees. Generally, you'll end up wasting valuable hours setting new goals and then even more time asking why you didn't hit them.
Worse still, each department relies on resources they don't control and departments they're not a part of to reach their goals. This can result in teams signing up for work they were unaware of, which can lead to arguments about whose goals are more important.
Give Plenty of Feedback
...A lot of companies make feedback a formal process, waiting until the end of the month, quarter, or year to share how they actually feel.
Creative cultures thrive on timely, spontaneous feedback. Whether it's good or bad, feedback helps teams raise their own expectations. It's the fuel you need to ignite a creative culture. And who doesn't want one of those?
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