Organising Your Ideas for Work Improvement
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One of the main complaints of management is that staffs do not contribute ideas and
voice their opinion. They suspect that perhaps one of the reasons is lack of courage or
conviction. However, research has shown that most employees have opinion and ideas
on how to improve their work. The problem is the ideas are not organised and therefore
they are shy to voice out. Organised ideas are important not just to give opinion but to
solve problems on a daily basis.
Much of the thinking done in formal education emphasises the skills of analysis; how to
understand claims, follow or create a logical argument, figure out the answer, eliminate
the incorrect paths and focus on the correct one. However, at the workplace, another
kind of thinking is just as important: one that focuses on exploring ideas, generating
possibilities, looking for many right answers rather than just one. Both of these kinds of
thinking are vital to a successful working life, yet the latter one tends to be ignored.
Actually, everyone has substantial creative ability. Just look at how creative children are.
In adults, creativity has too often been suppressed for some reason, but it is still there
and can be reawakened. Often, all that's needed to be creative is to make a commitment
to creativity and to take the time for it. Creativity is also an attitude: the ability to accept
change and newness, a willingness to play with ideas and possibilities, a flexibility of
outlook, the habit of enjoying the good, while looking for ways to improve it.
One of the most empowering and useful tools in creative thinking is mind mapping. It is
one of the most under-used tools of systematic brainstorming tools. Tapping into the way
the brain actually works, mind mapping allows ideas to expand from a central focus while
giving a global picture of the situation.
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