Could Getting Messy Improve Your Creativity?

Can You Improve Your Creativity?

Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman

DELIVERED BY The Leaders Lab

Today’s Guest:

This week, I am joined by Scott Barry Kaufman, who is an author, researcher, speaker, and public science communicator. He is interested in using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life.  Scott is a professor of positive psychology at The University of Pennsylvania. His research has been featured in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and the Harvard Business Review, just to name a few of the many publications.  Scott is the host of The Psychology Podcast, which I highly recommend listening to.

In this conversation, you will hear Scott talk about creativity in the workplace. While creativity can be messy, and organizations typically don’t like “mess,” Scott explains how a “no agenda zone”, openness to new experiences, opportunities for awe and other leadership behaviors can enable help to improve people’s creativity.  We also explore the psychological tools of growth mindsets, grit and self-compassion that may be needed to support creative risk taking.

Connect with Scott Barry Kaufman:

Podcast: The Psychology Podcast

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:26] – Creativity is messy and organizations typically don’t like a mess.  Scott explains how they can embrace creativity by embracing uncertainty.
  • [05:10] – Scott discusses the relationship between positive emotions and the creative process.
  • [07:42] – Scott talks about the latest in the neuroscience of creativity.  He talks about the importance of “the imagination network.”
  • [09:14] – Scott shares ways researchers are finding can improve our creativity at work.
  • [11:20] – Scott explains how awe can impact our creativity.
  • [13:46] – Scott talks about how unusual environments can foster creativity and what organizations and leaders can do to create weird experiences.
  • [16:15] – Scott talks about the psychological skills of growth mindsets and self-compassion that enable us to take creative risks.
  • [17:20] – The Lightning Round with Scott Barry Kaufman.

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Until next time, take care!  Thank you Scott!

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