April 20: Want creativity? Here’s how!

By · Sunday, April 20th, 2014

For the month of April, our blog will be devoted to polishing
your professional skills.
Everything you need to know about courtesy, manners and common sense.
And we do mean “need” to know.


Creativity is all about asking questions, especially of yourself. Professional skills include more than knowing how to do something and how to do it well. You want to be focused and productive, yes, but also free to unleash your creativity. These key questions might help.

  1. How have I added value to the work I do and what I produce? You should make a name for yourself as someone who goes a step further than the basics of your job or your role in an organization. Those who do this have a better chance not only of keeping their jobs but also of advancing in them. Challenge yourself to be known as more than “a hard worker.”
  2. What have I learned? We make and mourn mistakes every day. We celebrate successes. Reflect on both and make your own list of lessons learned. When you know what has worked, then focus on repeating those things and building upon them every day.
  3. How have I had fun? Work can be serious and difficult. But that doesn’t mean it should be drudgery. Make time to make it fun. You will be more apt to be creative, too.

Read it. Learn it. Live it.
Be that person.

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