Use Your Imagination

Is imagination an active part of your team?

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Dave Workman, president of Partnership Advisors, shares how leaders can encourage their teams to be imaginative in their work.

“There's something about that imagination or creativity piece that's lost often,” says Dave. “Periodically, we have to shake things up, and that's where the imagination piece or the creativity piece really comes into play.”

Watch the video to hear Dave explain how leaders can encourage imaginative thinking for both themselves and their teams.

There's something about the imagination of every leader that needs to get amped up, and that's when the leader just begins to ask questions like: “What if? What if we tried this? Or what if we did this for a while? Or why do we do this? Or have we always done it this way? Or what if we brought so-and-so? Or what if we did…” You know, all those kind of questions where you just begin to wonder about the status quo.

There's something about that imagination or creativity piece that's lost often. There's this guy named Ichak Adizes, who wrote these classic books on corporate life cycles. The place to be, in his opinion, was a stage called prime, and prime is where organizations they have this teeter-totter, this balancing act between organizational self-control and organizational flexibility, and you have to know when to lean in to one or the other. And what tends to happen is, I think, organizations, from nonprofits to whatever, corporate mega things, they think stability is the place to be.

Stability is on the other side of prime. You're just getting ready to head down the bell curve to bureaucracy, aristocracy and death. But stable is not the place. And so periodically we have to kind of shake things up, and that's where the imagination piece or the creativity piece really comes into play. Too much of that can blow up the organization. But you have to introduce things periodically that just cause your team, your staff, the people who follow you to go, "Huh, didn't see that coming," or, "Wow, that's different."
Dave workman

Dave Workman

Dave Workman is president of Partnership Advisors, a consortium of leaders devoted to helping churches and nonprofits become healthier and increase their impact. He is the author of The Outward-Focused Life: Becoming a Servant in a Se...

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