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Managing Teams by Harvard Business School Press

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Obstacle 7: Absence of Creativity

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Creativity—the ability to approach a problem in an original and flexible way—is another important element in most team-based work. Creativity helps team members generate fresh perspectives, spot opportunities that they hadn’t anticipated, and develop innovative solutions to problems. Without creativity, a team can’t perform at its best.

As the leader of your team, you can do several things to foster creativity among team members. These include promoting diversity of styles and skills, balancing the paradoxical characteristics of your team, and moving team members back and forth as needed between divergent and ...

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