Business and companies all over are hungering for more innovation and creativity. “Let’s hire the best of the best, and we’ll be the best!” For some reason this seems to be a popular mentality in sports, business, politics, etc. However the best of the best don’t create the best. The most motivated, creative, and hungry people are bred not born. Creating a culture in business is a huge deal these days. That’s why the company 3M gives their employees 15% of their time back to them to work on any personal projects they want to while on the clock. When great ideas come from the employee’s then 3M also has a financing section of the company that can help make their dreams come to life. This helps foster a great environment where people don’t feel like employees, but more like contributors instead. When I first heard of this story it brought a lot of joy to me.
So I thought: “Hey, how can we accomplish this here at The Lightwurx?”
In the past we have done super creative things such as making useful things out of our old unusable business cards. I wanted to create something powerful like 3M did in the office. Then it hit me. I called up one of my extremely talented artist friends and had her come in to paint in our office. While we are all busy coding, designing, and handling business agendas, having an artist around really changed our morale, creativity, and focus.
First and foremost, she is an incredible artist. However, just being around her creative process is an amazing treat. Everyone benefits from it. She benefits in that the traditional way of doing art is turned upside down. She can be around other creatives while locking in the zone. We benefit from seeing the art, talking in between tasks, and sharing feedback from what we are all accomplishing. The day she came to our office, everyone left feeling super inspired about life and their role in it.
Rich people understand that the five closest people to them in their network makes who they are.
That’s why websites like LinkedIn heavily focuses on circles. They know very well that who you surround yourself with really does influence who you become. So why not position your company in ways that it is destined to be more creative and innovative?
How did the business legend Steve Jobs do this? Well he noticed that in Apple a lot of employees would stop and talk at the water cooler every day. Most bosses would ask them to minimize the time they spend chatting to other employees. Jobs didn’t. Instead he placed a bar where the water cooler used to be. He enticed people to go to the bar while they were on clock. What happened was that people from around the company could let loose, and share ideas freely at the company bar. Eventually this lead to Apple creating revolutionary products and ideas. Before he died, he ensured that every floor of most Apple buildings had bars inside of them to nurture and foster his staff’s creativity.
All in all: want to have a more creative office?