Being creative and innovative at work

Are you creative? Are you innovative? “I would probably answer that I am a creative person,” says Rachel Johnson, owner of Palomino Training Solutions. “I can draw, play music and think up an interesting story if I am required to do so. But does this mean I will be equally creative in the workplace. Or will I have the ability to innovate successfully as well.”

Creativity can be defined as the generation of ideas in the attempt to solve a problem or produce something new. Innovation can be defined as the implementation of the ideas generated from the creative process. Innovation transforms the idea into something concrete.

For example: A bank creates a new programme intended to offer mobile banking services for their customers. If they do not have the means to carry out this idea, like the proper Internet platform to support the programme, they must use innovation to build the platform.

Regardless of our personal belief, we all possess the ability to be creative. You don’t have to be considered “artistic” to be creative. If you need proof, think back to when you were a child. A tree house was not just wood; it was a space used to create our own imaginary worlds. Blankets and pillows were not just bedding; they were fort building materials!

“There are many great tips for being more creative,” says Johnson, “but what stands out for me is to work in an environment that is easy and uninterrupted.”

Interruptions lead to broken thoughts. Trying to think in a disruptive environment can be extremely frustrating and stressful, especially when you are on a deadline. If you work in a cubicle where noise and distractions are just a reality of life, see if you can book time in a boardroom or meeting room. The quiet will allow you time to think.

If you would like to learn more on this subject, join us at our upcoming 2019 Creative Thinking and Innovation courses. They will be held on 15&16 April, 13&14 May, 12&13 June in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban and the cost is R4,095 ex vat per delegate. This two-day interactive course includes modules on: creative techniques; creating the right environment; creativity and innovation in business; and much more.

This course is also available as an onsite option at your work premises (contact us for the very competitive prices) and also as an online (e-learning) option.

“Our aim is for delegates to leave our workshops feeling inspired and motivated, with a wealth of knowledge and hands-on tools that they are able to implement immediately,” says Johnson.
Palomino Training Solutions, which was established in 2006, offers over 150 training courses ranging from telephone etiquette, public speaking and business writing to conflict resolution, recruitment & selection and supervisory skills.

For more information, contact Rachel Johnson on 082-878-1164, email [email protected] or visit