Do you ever walk into your own office to find your employees slumped over their desks, completely uninspired?
Or, have you been receiving the same exact work lately, which is lackluster and boring?
If this is the case, your staff may need a boost to inspire their creativity.
While you may have the best intentions of doing just that, you may not have the proper words to encourage them.
Instead, why not use an already-established quote to provide the morale boost they need to get their creative juices flowing?
“It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.” – Edward de Bono
This is a perfect quote to give your employees the chance to conjure up multiple ideas, and to try to run with many of them, instead of being stuck on one.
Oftentimes, what ends up happening, is that your team members do have many ideas, but they may not have the self-confidence or certainty to believe they are good, or present them to you.
Instead, they sit around and wait for that one “perfect” idea, but that may never come.
When you use this quote as a point of inspiration for your team, you let them know that you expect them to try to be unique and creative, and don’t expect them to hit the nail on the head with each and every one.
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
This famous quote by one of the world’s greatest artists really applies to people in all industries, not just the creative side.
What it is saying is that people often limit themselves to doing or trying what they think they are good at.
When they believe they cannot do something, they may not even try.
However, if they do try, they can often see that they were wrong about their capabilities, and can do the very thing they didn’t think they could.
By utilising this quote in your office, you will inspire your employees to follow their passions and to try to do something they may not believe they can, surprising themselves at the end.
“The secret of life…is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho, from The Alchemist
This quote simply allows your employees to understand that you don’t expect them to be perfect, but to simply try their best.
Individuals are always scared of failure; many don’t want to embarrass themselves in front of their colleagues and boss, and others don’t have the belief in their own skills to keep trying if their idea or project failed before.
However, one failure does not define anyone, and is just a step on the road to success.
Therefore, tell your staff to you expect them to keep trying, no matter how many times they have failed along the way.
All great ideas come from people who have the self-confidence to believe in themselves and the perseverance to keep trying. Inspire your staff’s creativity with these quotes.
Head of Training and Development
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Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.