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Creativity is an acquired taste, so start your company off with small bites.

This story appears in the March 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You decided to build a creatively agile company based on a firm belief that creativity will help you and your company thrive...or you're a skeptic who, nonetheless, is willing to give it a try. In either case, experience is the best teacher. Begin by experimenting.

Learning how to be more creative is like learning any skill: You gain expertise over time. Starting small can help deal with skepticism among the staff and your own uncertainty. Begin by trying some techniques by yourself or with a few colleagues. By practicing creative techniques and attitudes, you'll gain the confidence and skill to build a company that includes everyone in its creative practice. Remember the goal is always to find a way to tap the creativity of everyone in your company.

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