So, you think you’re NOT creative?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Many people view creativity as an exclusive attribute of the arts. Painting, acting, writing, singing, and similar artistic expressions are viewed as entirely imaginative, and therefore, creative. This, of course, is correct. However, there is a common tendency to turn that central assumption into a limitation: believing that since artistic professions are creative, other professions engineering, medicine, accounting are not. Therefore, people who do not show artistic tendencies tend to think they are not creative. This is incorrect.

Every human being is innately creative. We are all born with a natural curiosity and the ability to think. Coupled together, these two things fuel another natural human tendency called, Imagination.

As we all know, the ability to create something stems from the ability to think of something the ability to imagine. Put differently, at the root of every creation is an idea, and the generation of ideas is through thought, and thought fuels the process of imagination. It is true that the expression of creativity differs among individuals, but that is a necessary component of life, and of evolution. After all, even within the so-called Creative Arts, there are very many differing forms.

But why is this important? Knowing we are all creative opens us up to being able to harness that quality, and to apply it to our various lives. The power of creativity is such that it enables us to view things differently, and therefore create positive changes in our spheres of influence including the workplace. Creativity at work can turn careers around, make dull jobs an exciting job, and turn dead-ends into opportunities.

Not sure where to begin? Here are a few ways you can tap into your creativity, and start making positive changes in your workplace:

  1. Ask more questions.

Question everything. Do not do things just because that’s how they have been done for ages. Ask questions to find out why, what purpose is served, and start to ask if there are more efficient ways to carry out those same tasks. Asking more questions will also help you be more patient because instead of getting frustrated when things don’t work, you will start thinking about how you can be part of the solution.

 

  1. Widen your interests.

Don’t limit yourself to what you know only, instead, go out of your way to widen your interests and try new things! All you do in your spare time is watch football? Well, why not try a cooking class? Or learn a new language? Different activities stimulate different parts of the brain, which means that the more varied your interests are, the more engaged and stimulated your brain will be.

 

  1. Read!

Of all the interests you can pick up, and of all the ways you can tap into your creativity, perhaps the most important is reading. A lot of people feel like reading is tedious or boring, but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t need to start with complicated financial books, or lengthy self-improvement journals even reading simple fiction can go a long way to expand your mind, and it will expose you to more ideas and experiences than you would otherwise encounter. And of course, more ideas means more fuel for creative imagination.

 

  1. Learn from others.

Don’t be too proud to ask other people for help, advice or information! As mentioned earlier, every human being is uniquely creative, and so the way you see things will be different from the way they do.

In the workplace, learning from others could mean trying your hands at new projects, volunteering to be part of projects outside your comfort zone, or understudying a superior. Studying other people and asking for help is one of the easiest ways to expand your thinking and engage your creative side.

The quality of creativity is greatly admired and even envied by most. History has repeatedly shown that creative people are the innovators in their respective fields. Tap into your creative side, get those creative juices flowing and watch your career prospects skyrocket.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

L-R: Dr. Sophia Horsefall, Corporate Relations Manager, SPDC; Osepiribo Ben-Willie, Executive Director of Heritage Bank and Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe held in Port Harcourt.

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Heritage Bank is agent for actualisation of SDG 5-Gender Equality, women empowerment – Kilali Tribe

05/12/2022:  Heritage Bank has been commended for being an agent for the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment for socio-economic growth.

This was stated by Kilali Tribe at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe which held in Port Harcourt.

The Kilali Tribe is an association of prolific Rivers and Bayelsa State women who come together to support themselves through peer learning, capacity-building initiatives, networking, and mentoring. Also, provide similar structured support to other women within the community.

Speaking at the event, Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News who also member of Kilali Tribe, commended Heritage Bank for taking the lead in championing the empowerment of women over the years in the country.

“We are proud of Heritage Bank for making us soar while promoting women empowerment. Over the years, Heritage Bank has proved to be an agent for the actualisation of achieving SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment,” she said.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank, Osepiribo Ben-Willie affirmed the need to deliberately adopt measures to deepen women empowerment to drive the nation’s socio-economic growth.

In her closing remarks, Osepiribo Ben-Willie hinted that the Conference had leveraged Kilali Tribe to come up with blueprint in promoting women’s equal right to socio-economic empowerment, as this is at the heart of the SDG5-Gender Equality.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank affirmed that women all over have proved to be huge economic asset in the act of creation of a new sustainable economy, hence gender inclusiveness and women’s empowerment must be taken as a priority.

According to her, after evaluating the bottlenecks restraining the Kilali Tribe and other women to attain the platforms to grow professionally and thrive in all spheres of t heeconomy, it is a call to action to “tackle the challenges of gender disparity and lack of inclusiveness that have continued to impede the expected rapid economic empowerment that could help unshackle our women’s entrepreneurial prowess and foster more representation for women and girls at decision-making forums and Board levels in comparison to their peers in the developed countries.”

Ben-Willie added that for women to emerge economically and socially as independent there was an urgent need to tackle psychological, social and skill constraints.

Collaborating Ben-Willie’s, the Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, advocated for women and girl inclusiveness across all sectors of the society, including economic participation and decision-making.

According to him, the country should be conscious of gender equality, whilst emphasising that dealing with the psychological constraint will enable women to be balanced emotionally.

He stressed the need for organisation to leverage women positions on Board level, as they are resourceful and could enormously impact to the growth of any society.

Cole also charged women in being deliberate to position and champion course that would put them at the forefront of making difference. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications