According to Tom Kelley of IDEO, a fear of being judged is the number-one reason why we’re not more creative.
It’s not due to a lack of ability…this is a matter of creative confidence.
We all have the natural ability to come up with novel ideas (yes yes, even you shaking your head in the back of the room). But not everyone has the courage to act on these ideas.
What if we did? How could increasing our creative confidence change our self-image and our capacity to have influence on the world?
Kelley’s mission to boost (nay, rocket fuel) the creative confidence of others is one I find myself equally passionate about.
Unlocking your creative potential can start with a simple re-frame of how you present your creative ideas. Here’s an example straight from Professor William Duggan at Columbia Business School:
When we present ideas we often end by asking the age-old question, “so what do you think?”. A useful question, yes, but one that can open the door for negative feedback and instant confidence deflation.
What if instead we simply said, “anything to add to my idea?”.
Presented in this way, we’re immediately signaling that there is room for the initial idea to expand. We still expect and desire honest feedback, but with a slight re-frame we are boosting collaboration, and hopefully over time, creative self-efficacy.