When I think of the inter-personal dynamics that fuel creative environments, and the opposite behaviour that snubs out any trace of creative thinking I get something like this:
Creative / The opposite of Creative
Supportive; “Every contribution is valid.” / Critical; “That’s wrong!”
Adventurous; “Go for it!” / Fearful; “Don’t screw up!”
Experimental; “What if?” / Closed minded; “Stick to the done thing.”
Inclusive; “The more the merrier” / Elitist and hierarchical; “They don’t need to know.”
Open; “Get it all out on the table.” / Cagey; “Play you cards close to your chest.”
When you look all of the hideous creativity killers, they are a pretty good description of a political environment, and sadly they are examples of behaviour that is often rewarded in middle management; but that’s another story.
…So what’s the opposite of creative?