Creative work is important for leaders. This encompasses everything from innovating new offerings and business models to crafting a new process or marketing campaign.  There is pressure with this work to “get it right” the first time. However, final-form solutions are rarely the result of the first draft.  Innovation involves drafting and re-drafting.  This is a tough reality.  The pride of authorship may also lead to defensiveness toward feedback.

It can be liberating to know we don’t have to create perfect.  Soliciting challenging input earlier typically yields stronger solutions while saving time, energy and money.  Create working solutions and iterate.

“The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”  Edwin H Land

-Troy Schrock, CEO of Advisor Catalyst