The Next Best Thing
Organizational Behavior-MGT 5013
"Creativity, it has been said, consists largely of re-arranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know" (George Kneller). Often times people will not try things because they do not know what the result will be opting to immediately say “ I cannot do this or that cannot be done. When I hear people say things like this my response is usually that it’s not that you can’t do it but that you are not willing to try. I run into this with my wife more often than I would like. Conversely, she often tries to keep me from trying to do things that will make our lives better. If I listened to her then I would have never used bed sheets to make cushion covers for our couch and love seat when our slip covers were ill-fitting . Our couch and love seat looked terrible until I got a creative inspiration during a sick day and was home alone and decided to attempt the bed sheet maneuver. Recently I purchased a game called rock band in which one can play drums with actual drum sticks. I was having a problem with the sticks slipping out of my hand so I took duct tape and applied several layers of tape around the sticks where I was holding them allowing me to have a better grip while rocking out. I have no idea if this is common practice with drum players but at the time I felt as though I was brilliant for thinking to do this.
Creativity knocks at the door of our psyche everyday (Staw 2004). The only problem is that we either don’t acknowledge it or we automatically shoot it down because you may think that it is an unattainable concept or that people will not want to endorse your idea or even that your wife will make you feel like an idiot for even thinking of such a thing. I wonder if the person who concocted the idea to make a remote control that could control every component in your living room submitted the idea amidst fear of rejection or self doubt. Either...
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