Often, I am described as such, always as compliment. This is the core reason I left the private sector to join the civil society sector and later, the Federal government. A few others in government have described me as creative, yet in the same breath with a tone of pity, rather than celebratory excitement. Whereas in the private sector, it was universally appreciated, at least in my experience. Agencies and their departments probably differ in their cultural attitudes to the subject.
Perhaps it is because creativity is encouraged until, for whatever reason, it may tickle someone’s insecurities or prompt a perception of risk. Also, sometimes I have observed others perceive creativity only in terms of graphic communication. Obviously, it can be applied to any endeavor; essentially, it is a manner of thinking. Government ought to score individuals and teams based on the the application of this trait, especially because it directly relates to innovation.
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