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How to Train Yourself to be More Creative?

September 25, 2017 in Careers, Knowledge Cell, Leadership

How to improve creativity

Many people believe that creativity is an inherent skill that comes with genetics. While it is true that some people are naturally more creative than others, it is also important to note that the creativity can be improved substantially. Like anything else in life, it can be learned, practiced and transformed over time.

Following are some tips that can help you become more creative and enable you to think out of the box naturally:

Treat Creativity as a Skill

Rethink creativity as a skill and not just as a natural ability. Like any other skill, you can improve creativity by continuous practice. To develop a skill, you need to perform some actions repeatedly and evaluate your performance. Once you spot the gap, it is easy to bridge the same.

Similarly, to improve creativity, you need to take the following actions regularly:

Become an Explainer

Try to explain things to yourself. Become an explainer and try to internalize complex situations and explain the same in a layman’s language. If you do it continuously for some time, you will realize that the same situation can be seen through various perspectives. It will open up your thought process and enable you to analyze things keeping in mind a full range of options.

Practice Openness

Don’t protect yourself just because you fear that you may be wrong or others will steal your idea. Express yourself and speak up your mind. Open yourself to new ideas, thoughts, concepts, and experiences. Don’t resist change. Do experiments even if they fail. Monitor your reactions to stressful situations. Think retrospectively, how you could have reacted more creatively.

After doing it continuously for some time, you will see a dramatic improvement in the way you approach new problems.

Ask Questions

It may seem to be a straightforward exercise. However, not many people are comfortable asking obvious questions. So they tend to make a lot of assumptions which hampers creativity.  Asking questions to yourself and others will boost your memory as well as knowledge. As humans, we understand or know a lot of stuff. But, if we don’t practice to use that information, it creates a dull mind. Don’t go to Google the moment you need information. First, ask yourself, think various dimensions of the topic and guess an answer before looking for the same on Google.

Practice Creativity

Indulge yourself in some creative activities such as graphic designing, public speaking, content writing, or anything which make you uncomfortable. It lets you think beyond the daily routine.

Conclusion

Creativity is a mental skill. Thus, to improve creativity, you need to train your mind. Try the tips mentioned above and maintain consistency and you will feel that you are becoming more creative with time.

Use the Concept of Servant Leadership to Boost Business and Win Hearts

September 19, 2017 in Leadership

Servant Leadership

Use the Concept of Servant Leadership to Boost Business and Win HeartsLeadership is one the most discussed topics in the business world. However, it is still one of the most unexplored territories. You study 100 great leaders, and you may come up with thousands of different traits and leadership styles that differentiate each of them. Each leadership style has some pros and cons. A leader can display different leadership styles in different contexts and situations. Servant leadership is one style that fits into almost every context. A servant leader is one who serves first. Servant leaders are a servant first, and they have a natural instinct to help.

Servant leadership style can not only boost your business and but also wins the heart of your employees and clients alike.

This is how you can use the concept of servant leadership to boost your business

Invest in Your Team

Do you want better performance and higher productivity from your team members? Invest in their skills. Serve them and help them overcome challenges which hamper their performance. Spend quality time with them. Talk about things not related to work and show that you care for them. It will not only boost their performance, but you may be surprised to know how much your time and attention matters to them.

Don’t Put Restrictions

As an entrepreneur, you may to clean your office or even toilet. Do it. Don’t let your ego come in the way of serving others. Don’t put restrictions. Go with the flow and do whatever it takes to maintain an excellent and congenial work culture.

Motivate Others to Serve

Let others know about your attitude to help others. Your people should know that you genuinely care for them. You must have heard this famous quote “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It is important for your organization that you show others the path they should follow. Inspire others to serve. Not only your employees but also your clients should get inspired by your attitude to help others. Remember that many people want to help others succeed. But they need people like you to show them how to do it without being used.

Conclusion

Servant leadership not only helps in startups or small businesses but it can also transform how managers in large corporations handle their team. It is more about inspiring others to take action and leading by example. Of course, you should adopt this style only when you have a natural instinct to serve. Else, it will not be sustainable in the long run.

These Fears are Killing Your Career

September 18, 2017 in Careers

Fears killing your career

Fear is embedded into human nature. Whether you like it or not, it comes in various forms. To an extent, it is good as it keeps you away from harming yourself or your loved ones or indulging into illegal activities. However, there are a lot of unnecessary fears that hold you from giving your best. You need to work on these concerns and take some calculated risks to grow your career or business.

Here are some gears that hold you back in your professional career:

Fear of Failure

This is one the biggest failures and has been discussed extensively by many successful people. It is the fear of failure that stops most of the people from trying something new in their existing job or outside.

Try to get out of your comfort zone and take one step at a time to minimize the fear of failure. Without putting additional workload, it will ensure your personal and professional growth.

Fear of Loss

Here we are talking about fear of losing money, job or a relationship. This fear stops you from pursuing your passion. It is not that you have to leave your job to pursue the passion. In fact, working on your dreams can make you more dedicated towards your job. So get rid of fear as soon as possible by realizing that you will indeed lose great things if you don’t get rid of it.

Fear of Embarrassment

A lot of things can’t go unnoticed. So you are afraid of what others will say if you don’t succeed. Fear of embarrassment is a major reason for bad communication skills, lack of public speaking skills and lack of negotiation skills.

Get rid of this fear by doing things you are afraid of. Start small – maybe the way you dress – and gradually move towards being yourself even if you need to do some stupid stuff. Develop a habit of laughing at yourself.

Fear of Unknown

Very few people fear of hard work. But many are afraid of something unknown struggles you might have to make if you choose a different path. It stops you from exploring the unexplored.

Get rid of this fear by venturing into unknown territories and learning new skills once in a while. Read more and express yourself whenever you get an opportunity to do so.

Conclusion

Growth and success can never be smooth. You need to cross bumpy roads to enjoy the hilly landscape. Embrace it and develop a habit of going out of comfort zone. Once you reach there, all the efforts will be worth it. So make a sincere effort to get rid of at least one of your fears.

Mistakes Job Seekers Make and How to Fix Them?

September 12, 2017 in Careers

Mistakes Job Seekers Make

Knowingly or unknowingly, job seekers make a few mistakes which can cost their dream job. If you are giving a lot of interviews and recruiters are not getting back to you, then you need to do some introspection. Check out the common mistakes made by job seekers and learn tips and tricks to fix them.

Unable to Communicate your Strengths

Many job seekers think of a resume or a LinkedIn profile as a work history and tend to make it standard and boring. Some of them may also use jargons to make it appealing. However, your application documents should bring more of your personality on the page or screen. So, decide what sort of jobs you want, then brand yourself accordingly.

Use your headline to summarize what work you do or will plan to do.

Not knowing your value

Most job seekers start a job search without knowing their value. They are unaware of their skills and expertise. Since every job search includes an element of reinvention, it is important to determine what your skills can command in the talent marketplace. Use PayScale and Salary.com to find out the market value of your intended role.

Failing to research about an employer before an interview

You cannot walk into the interview without knowing anything about the organization. This also forms one of the questions the employer will ask you while interviewing you. So, check out the employer’s website and learn about their products and services. Read their press releases and look at their reviews on Glassdoor to figure out whether or not to apply to that company.

Taking the first job offer you get

Sometimes the first job offer you get is a great one, but that’s not always the case. You think it is better to have a source of income rather than being jobless. Remember, it is much worse to accept that offer and start hating your job and also yourself for being there where you don’t see yourself.

Not preparing for the interviews

Interview comprises of five elements- articulating your value, conveying your knowledge, asking relevant questions, negotiating compensation and following-through. Many job seekers fail to ace the interview because they end up going impassive while discussing. Therefore, it is better to rehearse in advance and anticipate their questions to address them better during the actual conversation.

Conclusion

You may be making these mistakes unconsciously. Analyze your past interviews and evaluate what went wrong.  By learning to navigate these potential pitfalls from the outset, your job search will be more productive and yield more positive results.

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