Hmmmmmm… There’s no doubt that truly new and useful solutions to problems come from bumping ideas around together. And there are so many things that can stop this happening in care homes - or indeed anywhere else! Some of the critical aspects we notice are:
- Lack of trust and openness
- Expressing ideas is given low value – little time is made and there are problems with collection and processing
- Insufficient ideas generated – we don’t go far enough and stop too soon
- The belief that ‘my idea is not big enough or good enough to make things better’
Pondering on the key leadership messages to these seemingly insurmountable blocks – we suggest any of the following, if well landed, have the power to start unlocking everything at once:
- We are all creative and together are able to think creatively
- There is no such thing as a rubbish idea here – sharing always leads to something better, if you don’t have an idea ask a question
- Are we asking the right question about this problem?
It is worth remembering that ideas require action or a response to have any power and that the creative process practically always transforms the first idea(s) to something else along the way. So small ideas, half-baked ideas and crazy ideas are the very, very welcome essence of change.
That’s how new and useful happens.
Nancy Brown, a woman concerned with keeping hearts alive in her role as CEO of the American Heart Foundation says it well:
‘One hundred percent of the ideas that we don’t share with others will lead to nothing.’
So if you do nothing else today other than lend a generous ear to someone else’s offered idea, then you will be encouraging creative thinking, creative confidence and the heart of creativity.
Here’s wishing you a world full of “wow – I’m amazed we came up with that!"
Jude Sweeting, Director of Quality & Enjoyment