Creativity - Virtues and Challenging Times

We've designed a weekly web meeting “The Virtues Program” as a way to ground ourselves in the best of ourselves so that we can face our world from strength.


This week’s virtue discussion was on “Creativity”, the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness. Research on decision-making shows that our brains are wired to be more reactionary under stress, and this can take a toll on creativity. How are you using your innate creativity right now?


The Covid-19 pandemic has created a unique and varying set of challenges for companies to overcome, putting fresh emphasis on the value of workplace creativity. Working from home has morphed from a novelty to the mundane. We can binge shows, exercise and hold Zoom meetings for only so long before the mind needs something more. On the flip side, Increased working from home has given people more time to pursue new skills, such as those related to creativity.


4 ways you can increase your creativity at work:

  1. Surround yourself with inspiration - Whenever you see something from the big wide world that captures your attention, put it on display. It could be an awesome ad, an inspiring article, or a place you want to visit.

  2. Get out of the office - Make a habit of stepping outside even if it’s just to walk around the block. As you stroll, make a point to notice things.

  3. Fuel up on creativity - Pick your favorite song, podcast, or blog to kick-start the morning. Whatever it is, make sure it fuels your imagination.

  4. Keep learning - Read books, listen to podcasts, watch movies and documentaries, and sign up for courses.


The next virtue discussion is on acceptance, being open to what is rather than wishing for something different. Is there something you are not happy about that you are resisting?


You can join our weekly Webex discussions by RSVPing to the Virtues Program event here: https://www.sloangroupinternational.com/registration



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