As a follow-up to my previous blog, “Poet and a Cubicle,” here are two ways to use creativity and the arts to liven up a business meeting.
We have all endured them: the dreaded department meeting with more tedious agenda items than should possibly be covered in a two-hour time span. This is the kind of meeting you only agree to because there will be free lunch. No matter how left-brained the industry, injecting a right-brain moment into a meeting can better connect employees, boost morale and encourage innovative thinking. Here are two suggestions:
Share Your Theme Song – This idea didn’t just work in the now defunct TV series Ally McBeal. Take five minutes in your meeting and have each person share one theme song that helps them make it through their work week. If your department is large, you may want to try splitting up into smaller groups for this exercise. During this interactive activity, you may find out that a senior level executive who you perceived to be stuffy is a die-hard Kanye West fan. Or you may discover that you and an intern are both avid listeners of Justin Beiber. The biggest thing you’ll discover is how music brings people together and gives each of us common ground, our humanity.
Provide a blank canvas – Before starting a brainstorming meeting, hand out a blank sheet of paper to everyone. Give them five minutes to draw or write whatever they would like. This encourages a moment of free-thinking and can inspire creativity in your work team. Allow some time for a few people to share what they’ve created. This exercise can serve as a great metaphor for what many of us do each day in our jobs, make something out of nothing, which is an essential element in the creative process.
What are some other ways you have used creative, artistic, or innovative thinking to impact the business world?