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The Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0102 | May 27, 2003
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picture of Steve Davis, editor of the Master Facilitator Journal.

From the Publisher: 

Hello MFJ Readers. 

Our feature article in this issue is comprised of a short 15-question quiz, by Dr. Robert Epstein, to assess your ability to inspire creativity in others. Your scores will identify your current competency levels and will alert you to additional practices that may help you inspire more creativity in your groups or within your organizations.

Also check out our portable article bank presented at the end of this issue.

If you or your colleagues are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please email your ideas. I'd love to hear from you.

Have a great week... 
Steve Davis


Creativity Generator for Managers
Do You Have What it Takes to Inspire Creativity in Others?

The Point

What is central to business is the joy of creating. -- Peter Robinson

In a world where we've been taught that being right and looking good will keep us safe and help us fit in, it's no wonder we're so often afraid to be original. As a facilitator, manager, or group leader, you often hold a lot of power to create an environment where creativity can thrive. Use the following quiz to help you identify areas where you might better inspire creativity in others.


Circle the appropriate answer and total your score below. Then check the key to see how good you really are!

1 = Strongly Disagree, 2 = Disagree , 3 = Neither , 4 = Agree, 5 = Strongly Agree

This mini-inventory is designed to assess your competencies for inspiring creativity in others. The inventory yields scores in eight competency areas. (A competency is an underlying characteristic - i.e., motive, trait, skill and knowledge - which results in effective and/or superior performance in a job.) There are no right or wrong answers. Your scores will identify your current competency levels and will alert you to additional practices that can greatly enhance your skills.

Read each of the following statements and circle the appropriate answer and total your score below. Then check the key to see how good you really are!

1 = Strongly Disagree, 2 = Disagree , 3 = Neither , 4 = Agree, 5 = Strongly Agree

1. Employees should be able to submit suggestions anonymously.
1 2 3 4 5
2. I frequently rearrange membership of the teams I create.
1 2 3 4 5
3. I believe that failure can have great value.
1 2 3 4 5
4. Employees should be able to keep outside reading materials at work.
1 2 3 4 5
5. I regularly change the office or desk locations of my employees.
1 2 3 4 5
6. Employees should record all of their ideas as they come to them.
1 2 3 4 5
7. I believe goals should not state or imply limits on performance.
1 2 3 4 5
8. I encourage temporary assignments to other areas of the organization.
1 2 3 4 5
9. I provide employees with many tools for recording new ideas.
1 2 3 4 5
10. Work spaces should be decorated with a variety of items.
1 2 3 4 5
11. I sometimes challenge others with problems that have no solution.
1 2 3 4 5
12. Work spaces should be redecorated on a regular basis.
1 2 3 4 5
13. I believe that cross-training in an organization can be a valuable tool.
1 2 3 4 5
14. I provide some time each day for people to work on new ideas.
1 2 3 4 5
15. I encourage staff to take courses in areas outside of their expertise.
1 2 3 4 5

15-27 Um...Uh...Um
Your creativity management skills are something akin to a Tyrannosaurus Rex: they exist only in legend, and perhaps in a few fragmentary relics from long ago. When you boost the creativity of your employees, you boost their performance and overall capabilities. This is key to running an effective organization. Learning a few techniques should help you to strengthen your skills and help your employees to maximize theirs.

28-39 Things Were um...Bad...But Not SO Bad.
You have a lot of room to improve your creativity management skills. By room, we're talking a warehouse on the waterfront. You have prime property, but you have a lot you could still do with it. When you properly manage the creativity of your employees, you can boost the performance of not only your employees, but also your organization as a whole. Creativity is a good thing, and after learning a few techniques, you can foster it in others.

40-51 Stuff Was Tough, but We Didn't Have It Too Tough
This is the city. Everyday, millions of people working in and around this city have dozens of creative ideas that benefit themselves and their companies. And from your score, it looks like only a few of them came from your organization. You can fix that, however, and bring about great creativity in your employees, when you work on and develop a few key techniques. Then you and your staff will be creating a big handful of the millions and millions of ideas coming from this great metropolis.

52-63 The Times Were Really Good, but Also Really Bad
You have scored well, young grasshopper. You do very well at managing the creativity of those in your employ. But, are you zen managing? Can you do it with your eyes closed, and just feel the management? Probably not. You have still some room to improve your management style and get even more creativity from those under your thumb. It will not be too difficult for you to attain the ultimate-style creativity management. You can learn some secret and ancient techniques to put you and your company at the top of the lists.

64-75 It Was the Best of Times, it Was the Worst of Times..
This is it, the pinnacle of your game. Your skills in this field are outstanding, and you very likely have no difficulty getting the most out of your employees in terms of creativity. Enjoy the vantage point from this acme of achievements. You deserve it. Truly though, fostering creativity within your organization is important. It can lead to more profit and growth and give your company that fine edge that is needed to achieve new heights and reach ever-expanding goals. At any rate, if you keep managing creativity this well, you'll be able to come back and retake the test and score really highly on it time and time again. It'll be a quick boost to the ol' self-esteem.

About the Author: This is a mini version of a longer Creativity Competencies Inventory. A more complete version, which gives subscale scores in four different competency areas, is available through Personal Strengths Publishing. The author, Dr. Robert Epstein, is Contributing Editor of Psychology Today magazine, and University Research Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. A Ph.D. of Harvard University, he currently has eleven books in print, including Creativity Games for Trainers, The Big Book of Creativity Games, The Big Book of Stress Relief Games, and The Big Book of Motivation Games. All of which can be ordered through Personal Strengths Publishing: or 1-800-624-7347.


What would you be willing to do this week to improve your score on the above inventory? I'd love to hear what shows up for you. Please email us your comments.

The Innovation Equation : Building Creativity and Risk-Taking in Your Organization, by Jacqueline Byrd and Paul Lockwood Brown

This is a Step-by-Step Guide for Building Innovative Capacity in Organizations. Practical in so many ways, this book should top your reading chart if you are at all interested in the business of being more innovative or coaching others. I use the term 'business' because innovation is no longer a soft skill, but one that drives organizational success.

The model is a quick, easy way to check out your approach to creativity. The creative innovative process is a balance of the intuitive and the rational. By working with the information in this book, you can discover, explore, learn, and develop your own personal approach to creativity and innovation. Creativity is accumulative. The more creative you are, the more you will be able to create!

About the Publisher
Steve Davis is a Facilitator's Coach helping leaders enhance their effectiveness through the application and perspective of facilitation. Please email or call me at 805-489-4130 to schedule a Free exploratory session, or to share your suggestions and ideas for the journal. I'd love to hear from you. If you find this newsletter helpful, please forward it to your friends. Thanks for reading!

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We've compiled the top 50 issues of the Master Facilitator Journal into the form of an e-book collection. This collection contains the engaging content you're used to receiving in the Journal, but that has been polished and formatted into the form of publishable articles. Articles contain resources such as a useful book or website that pertains to the content, examples, and action steps to take to improve your facilitation skills.

How Will This Collection Help Me? 

a. Use articles as handouts to your team members to educate and empower them with tools to improve communication, team cooperation, meeting, and problem solving skills.
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c. Includes relevant resources with links.
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e. Indexed with dynamic links according to six facilitation competency areas.

1) Self-Mastery Skills: How you facilitate yourself.
2) Presence And Presenting Skills: How you show up.
3) Relating Skills: How you facilitate others.
4) Group Awareness, Management, and Exploration (GAME) Skills: How you facilitate a team.
5) Intervention Skills. How you shift a group.
6) Logistic Skills: How you facilitate your environment. Master Facilitators plan and prepare their presentations.

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Thank you for reading this issue of the Master Facilitator Journal. Look for your next issue on June 3, 2003.


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