According to in-depth studies on creative individuals, it’s been rightly proven that creativity identifies with a mind open to new ideas, daring, and an individual with inner control.
One may wonder if these attributes put creatives in a difficult situation with certain social constructs and the culture particular to their environment. Well, maybe, and maybe not.
A good example would be a case of a professional football player who is part of a losing team. He gets tired of frequently losing and undergoes private training, and he sees a method the team can apply to win games.
Upon explaining these ideas to the coach, he (the coach) finds the ideas strange and immediately buries the idea as it has never been carried out in any game before.
This is often the dilemma creative minds experience; new ideas are frowned upon and considered strange or impossible. Creative minds try to see a “bigger picture” but often faced with the challenge of convincing the people around them and, therefore, left frustrated.
Creative minds who haven’t taken careful consideration before joining a workforce may experience some challenges blending in. Their skills and views may not be suited for that work environment and may hinder progress in their career path.
They often find out the hard way, sadly. They are left frustrated and jaded during work hours.
This is not always necessarily down to the job as it could be a social setting of the work environment. A workplace has a distinctive identity which naturally changes with time.
There are work environments that welcome creative minds, those who are willing to go beyond the norm while some could be stagnant in terms of idea generation, which a creative mind may find boring and could result in constant disagreements.
According to social psychologists, some work-groups are plagued with the “group think” syndrome. This can be described as the propensity of a group in an organization to downplay ideas from other groups to maintain superiority.
A creative mind may find it difficult working with this group and any colleague who may advocate for this kind of environment as new ideas are always rejected and innovation at a standstill.
Much value is placed on adherence to rules, and new ideas are shrugged off by these groups.
There is often an unvoiced code adopted by these groups concerning individuals who may bring new innovative ideas that do not conform with the norm in these work-groups.
These groups convey their disdain for innovative ideas a creative may suggest through obvious or hidden messages.
Some of these signals could be ignoring new suggestions and showing a low enthusiasm towards proposed ideas. Some groups take this further by punishing anyone trying to go against the conformity that the work environment is known for.
Some employee work-groups, after a while at any work environment, become comfortable with the rules and finally bow to pressure by following the routine to avoid suspension.
They often ask themselves, “why to fix something that’s not broken?” and often disregard new ideas. Anyone with a contrary idea is seen as a threat to their comfort zone.
Creative individuals may receive threats for being “different” and suggesting new ideas.
This further proves that creative individuals do not conform with certain social constructs and would find it difficult working in an environment that’s intolerant of new ideas.
Creative minds and innovations are inseparable, and this is partially responsible for the attitude because they are regularly finding new ways of building new practices in their fields.
The build-up of this frustration at work, school, or wherever creatives could find themselves often leads to a rebellious attitude towards laid down rules and dominance. Such situations result in disagreements on all sides and have a trickle-down effect on interpersonal relationships.
This irritation often leads to disciplinary actions against creative individuals, while some tend to switch careers. Some may not fully be integrated into the work environment due to their different views of things.
Organizations and these individuals can avoid such situations by clearly understanding the different interpersonal differences and uniqueness.
The Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory can be applied by colleagues in a work environment, and results should be shared among themselves.
This test may not always be statistically reliable but gives co-workers the opportunity to understanding their interpersonal forms of responses and learn to respect each other’s uniqueness.
A clear sociological definition of workplace diversity involves categorizing individuals in black and white categories, which could either be race, age or gender, while ignoring other vital personalities and interpersonal differences such as creativity.
Creativity should never be overlooked as the risks taken in the work environment would determine the growth and survival of that organization.
Organizations can avoid these conflicts and rebellion by discovering creative employees and foster their creative prowess. Brainstorming does not necessarily need to be the only method of encouraging creativity among employees.
There are significant differences between creative individuals and their colleagues; this can be seen in their work routine and interpersonal differences, among other notable traits. Organizations need to publicly address this; in a manner acceptable by employees.
It is also important to let creative minds understand their uniqueness, and not all organizations encourage this ability. They may find it easier in careers such as artistry and entrepreneurship that fosters risk-taking and unique attributes.
The educational system also needs to discover creative minds in their early stages and provide tailored learning methods for these children.
The moment we have schools and workplaces acknowledging these abilities, integration of these individuals into society becomes easier, and the society also benefits from creative minds.
Imagine how people felt when someone thought of electric vehicles, strange, right?
Here we are today; every automobile brand is venturing into electric vehicles. Never let anyone make your ideas look irrelevant, break the norm.