Creativity Takes Courage

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We tend to be happy to leave creativity to the artists, musicians and entertainers of the world but in fact it is vital for each of us. Creativity has been clearly linked to one’s health and happiness but did you also know it has been identified as a key component to leadership success in business?

Creativity is not limited to artistic and musical expression—it is also essential for science, math, and even social and emotional intelligence. Creative people are more flexible and better problem solvers, which makes one more able to adapt to technological advances and deal with change—as well as see there multiple solutions to every problem.

It is a key to success in nearly everything we do. But creativity is a core skill that some of us non-artist types (like me) need to practice. Here are three things that help me to keep the creative juices flowing.

1. Clear your head

Don’t think so much. Take a couple minutes each morning to grab some paper and just write-anything- just freehand write, uninhibited, without thinking about it or stopping for five minutes. Then tear it up and throw it away. After a little while I was amazed how much this cleared my mind and ideas just appear.

I don’t know exactly where ideas come from, but when I’m working well ideas just appear. I’ve heard other people say similar things – so it’s one of the ways I know there’s help and guidance out there. It’s just a matter of our figuring out how to receive the ideas or information that are waiting to be heard. –Jim Henson

2. Foster your own creativity like you would for your child

Make a creative space in your home. A place you can make a mess. Let yourself try new ideas without judgments. Create, draw, or read a book for pleasure…when was the last time you did that?

Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up. –Pablo Picasso

3. Do something new

Take an hour once a week-or every day for a week- to do something on your own. It can be anything, even a walk in a new place, just make it something you’ve never done before. Creative ideas almost never come to me sitting in front of a computer. Explore your curiosity.

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”–Walt Disney Company

 

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Encore of this awesome guest post by Kate Verville of Verville & Associates, LLC.

Kate is a management consultant with more than 20 years experience managing in complex environments with diverse people and issues.

When you need someone to listen well, get quickly to the heart of a problem or issue, and creatively develop corresponding solutions, Kate is guaranteed to deliver. Connect with Kate via LinkedIn.

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