• Katie Trowbridge

The Creative Environment (Press) : Does it Inspire or Stifle Your Creativity?

Updated: Jan 4

Think about your place of work. Would you say that your work environment mimics the sitcom “The Office” or resembles the musical comedy show “Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist”?

What are three words or phrases you would use to describe your workplace? For example,

  • Welcoming?

  • Stuffy?

  • Flexible?

  • Rigid?

What are the words or phrases to describe your co-workers? How about,

  • Open-minded?

  • Friendly?

  • Distant?

  • Closed off?

What are three words or phrases to describe your superiors? Maybe you would use,

  • Supportive?

  • Authoritative?

  • Rule follower?

  • Open to innovative ideas?

Now, look over your list. Overall, what is the climate of your workplace? Do you look forward to going to work? Are you friends with your co-workers? When you wake up in the morning do you look forward to going to work or do you dread it?

No place of work is perfect, it always has its ups and downs. Tasks we like and tasks we hate, People we like and people - and well, let’s just say - we tolerate.

By now you are probably wondering what this has to do with creativity. In the last several articles we have published over the past few weeks, we have been talking about the 4 P’s of creativity and this is the final one - Press/environment.

Let’s recap:

  • Our definition of creativity is the production of something new and valuable.

  • Over the past few blogs, we discussed the creative person and established that we all are creative.

  • We also discussed the creative process by establishing three broad stages of Creative Problem Solving (CPS): Clarification, Transformation, and Implementation. Remember, these three stages are flexible, and you can start the process at any point. This process is rarely linear and may need to be repeated several times before clearly solving a problem.

  • In our last blog, we discussed the third P - the creative product. Think back to our definition of creativity - it is the production of something. That “something” can be an idea that turns into anything new and valuable.

*if you want to go back and read the original articles click here!*

The final P refers to the environment we work in - which is inescapable. We may be able to change some things or we may just have to adapt. But the elements of the press can help or hinder our creativity and the outcome of our work.

Do you thrive in your press or do you feel suppressed?

Having a firm grasp on your press can help guide decisions, maximize creativity, and help you find your joy.