It’s the job of a leader to get a team to see, feel and understand their common mission, vision or task. But what I’ve noticed throughout my career is, people on a team tend to focus on the familiar and on their previous experience with how they operate. They bring these memories into how they frame solutions to any new task. As a leader who wants to inspire creativity in your team, you must keep reminding them to focus on their new task — and that accomplishing it might involve their trying different approaches and strategies.
It’s easy to get stuck in a particular mode of thinking. That line of thinking may serve us well most of the time- until it doesn’t anymore. Jim Crupi outlines in this post one of his exercises aimed at getting teams to think more creatively about problem solving.