Succeed in the workplace
Succeed in the workplace

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

3.2 Finding creative solutions

Photo of a man signalling with flags.
Figure 6 Finding creative solutions

Networks also provide a way to increase your creativity and problem solving ability because they allow you to see things from another’s perspective. While many organisations benchmark themselves against their industry competitors, they might learn more by comparing how they do things within an organisation in a very different sector.

Imagine, for example, that you have been asked to help with a project to improve communications in a not-for-profit care company. It has grown rapidly from one to five care homes, a head office and a small number of home-based staff.

Where are you likely to learn most about how to communicate with such a dispersed group?

Any kind of organisation whose staff are spread across different sites, such as a national retailer, will be useful, not just other care organisations. They may have practices you could copy, but more importantly, they might encourage you to approach the issue in different ways.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371