This 6th tip in the empowerment series is to help employees with their creativity and think out-of-the-box, as cliché as it sounds. You must encourage your employees to explore their potential and unlock the opportunity for increasing their creative thinking abilities.
The first thinking trap I wrote about was the Black and White trap. Today, it’s about the Filtering Thinking Trap. This cognitive distortion can become part of our nature because of the way we have been conditioned to process our experiences in a negative way. Sometimes, it’s also a defense mechanism to reject taking action.
You’re laying pipes and there’s a rock. I wrote about this here and here 4 months ago. When you encounter something unexpected, you can have a not-my-problem mindset. Are you smiling and nodding your head? Perhaps, you are thinking of someone you know.
But there are reasons that you would want to keep the rock there and work around it.
“Not my problem! I’m just here to do my job. I mind my own business.”
This is the core of an individualistic task-based mindset. “My task is to lay pipes from point A to point B. It’s someone else’s job to look for and remove the obstacles in the way. If not, I’ll just work around the obstacle even if it doesn’t meet the specifications.”
“The kids today will have jobs that don’t exist right now.“
I have been hearing this quite often recently.
If you are just starting out on your career, it applies to you too. Your future requires a different type of thinking. This is not a new phenomenon though. We have needs for job-skills today that wasn’t there 30 years ago.