Gartner Research

Igniting Creativity Everywhere: Easy Techniques for Exceptional Outcomes

Published: 27 January 2016

ID: G00297385

Analyst(s): Jackie Fenn, Mary Mesaglio

Summary

The known behaviors and predictable outcomes that CIOs have used to analyze their way to success are no longer a given. A complex, changing world demands creativity. Though creativity may not come naturally to CIOs, they can benefit from the techniques of professionals who are creative every day.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Question
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • How This Report Will Help

Foreword

  • Acknowledgments

Executive Summary

  • Every CIO needs to ignite creativity
  • Fueling the creative fire requires attention and focus
  • Facilitating the flash of insight is physical and psychological
  • Fanning the flames is the most overlooked aspect of creativity
  • Freshening the firepit maintains a creative culture

Every CIO needs to ignite creativity

  • If you’re not actively encouraging creativity, it won’t happen
  • Anyone can be creative, including CIOs
  • Creativity, not best practices, drives CIO success
  • Creativity is more than a moment

Fueling the creative fire requires attention and focus

  • Don’t assume you know where your creative talent lies
  • Design events and activities to jump-start creativity

Facilitating the flash of insight is physical and psychological

  • Use location and movement to enhance creativity
  • Nurture a safe and inspiring emotional environment

Fanning the flames is the most overlooked aspect of creativity

  • Don’t let business as usual snuff out big ideas
  • Use process to avoid “creativity killers”

Freshening the firepit maintains a creative culture

  • Focus leadership attention on sustaining and evolving the culture
  • Make creativity a daily habit
  • Everyday practices for personal creativity growth

Further Reading

  • Related content
  • Gartner Executive Programs reports
  • Core research
  • Books
  • Articles

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