Show you’re the smartest guy in the room: make Skepticism your middle name.
“Here’s why that idea won’t work.” “You won’t be able to execute on that.” “Our organization’s not set up for that.”
This is just one way to protect your business against that most destructive of forces. Creativity.
Be a mentor: Give sound advice to the people who work for you.
“Just keep your head down and do your job.” “I got where I am by not rocking the boat.” “Choose your battles, kid. This isn’t one of them.”
If you want 12 more ways to kill creativity, check out the whole list.
Who consciously sets out to stifle innovation and good ideas?
Maybe not you. But is there a chance that you’re killing the creativity of yourself and others without even knowing it?
Youngme Moon’s Anti-Creativity Check List “for people who want nothing to do with pie-in-the-sky innovation, crazy flights of imagination or any of that wacky out-of-the-box thinking” is a fun satire of bad business thinking. It’s an even better way to help uncover ways you might be cutting off your spirit to spite your heart.