Recently, I read a New York Times interview with Adam Grant where he explains the basis of his argument behind his new book, “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.” He speaks on his secrets to a more creative workplace. Before becoming the youngest professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, he was a magician. Now his magic involves bringing organizational change, motivation at work and groupthink to the forefront of the conversation.
His argument includes the belief that everyone has original ideas, but most of us do not act on these ideas. Creativity can be defined as generating ideas that are useful but being an original means going beyond dreaming of it and making it into a reality.
What can we learn from this? Originality can start out as tiny everyday acts that allow you to think creative to improve the workplace. His secret is that the shortcut to creativity is diversifying your experience and trying something new.
Through my experience as a small business owner, I can offer you this advice; as you increase motivation at work, adopt Adam Grant’s perspective and embrace originality. Diversity breeds creativity and keeps the workplace from being stagnant. Trust your instinct and the next time you have an idea, act on it.