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Emory professor: For more creativity, get out of the social circle


Need to get creative? Don’t run ideas past people you know well.

Emory professor Jill Perry-Smith recently spoke with Inc. on research findings that show relying only on family or friends for feedback could limit imagination.

As reported:

Dr. Perry-Smith’s ultimate advice–“Those that we don’t know well could be the ones we need to listen to the most.” Someone with a different agenda or viewpoint may be just what you need to get you out of a rut so you can open your mind and explore different possibilities.

Jill Perry-Smith
Jill Perry-Smith

About Jill Perry-Smith

Jill Perry-Smith joined the Goizueta Business School faculty after completing her Ph.D. in organizational behavior in the College of Management at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her areas of specialization include the effects of informal social networks on creativity and the impact of work-life initiatives on firm and individual performance. Prior to her academic career, Jill worked on a variety of project management teams, overseeing large refinery expansion projects, across the United States. She currently teaches a groups and teams elective, a creativity and innovation elective, as well as an organizational behavior seminar in the Ph.D. program.