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Leaders can turn creativity into a competitive advantage, says IDEO's Tim Brown

Imagine starting off a conversation at your next meeting during World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15 – 21 with these statements from a Tim Brown, IDEO CEO Harvard Business Review article from November 2016.

“All of our management practices need to be updated: how organizations are structured, how we deploy capital, how we interact and collaborate with broader networks, what tools and technology we embrace and deploy, what we measure, what markets we target, who we hire and how we lead. Of these, how we lead and the kind of culture we create are the essential starting points.

When our goal is efficiency, our concept of governance includes ensuring standardization, high levels of coordination, careful assessment of risk, and, of course, the elimination of waste. When we want to be creatively fit, governance looks quite different. It should be, and feel, more nurturing. It should focus on speed of learning and rigorous experimentation. It benefits from an attitude of abundance.

Nurturing a creatively competitive organization requires curiosity above all else. Asking the right questions is more important (and more difficult) than having the right answers. One of my favorite Victorian entrepreneurs, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, asked the seemingly ridiculous question, “How can I create the experience of floating over the English countryside?” in his quest to building the first large scale, long-distance railway service in England.”

More at: https://hbr.org/2016/11/leaders-can-turn-creativity-into-a-competitive-advantage

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What's the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity? #wciwadvice

“What’s the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity?” #wciwadvice
Just off a Skype interview with We Are Unstuck in the UK about creativity in organizations.  Researcher Amy Rainbow’s questions were intriguing; one in particular struck as a fulcrum for learning.  How might you respond?

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http://under30ceo.com/10-practical-ways-widely-creative/

 
 
 
 
 
 
“What’s the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity?” #wciwadvice

Curiosity is an inextinguishable creative spark

Not even today’s box-ticking managerialists can stamp out our innate desire to know, says Joe Moran

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.timeshighereducation.com

Our myths and religions are full of cautionary tales about curiosity. Pandora, Daedalus, Psyche, Orpheus, Adam and Eve, Lot’s wife: they all succumbed to a curiosity that turned out to be calamitous. During the scientific revolution of the 17th century, when curiosity was finally transformed from a vice to a virtue, its advocates admitted that it could be a voracious beast if left unchecked and not channelled into worthy ends.

Good read in support of curiosity.

Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite


We all have the potential to be curious, given the right conditions. And curiosity leads to creativity.
”While curiosity has ignited numerous startup ventures, it also plays an important role at more established companies, where leaders are having to contend with disruptive change in the marketplace. “These days, a leader’s primary occupation must be to discover the future,” Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich told me. It’s “a continual search,” Shaich says, requiring that today’s leader keep exploring new ideas—including ideas from other industries or even from outside the business world.
Advising business leaders to “be more curious” sounds simple enough, but it may require a change in leadership style. In many cases, managers and top executives have risen through the ranks by providing fixes and solutions, not by asking questions. And once they’ve attained a position of leadership, they may feel the need to project confident expertise.
To acknowledge uncertainty by wondering aloud and asking deep questions carries a risk: the leader may be perceived as lacking knowledge. In their book The Innovator’s DNA, authors Clayton Christensen, Hal Gregersen and Jeff Dyer observed that the curious, questioning leaders they studied seemed to overcome this risk because they had a rare blend of humility and confidence: They were humble enough to acknowledge to themselves that they didn’t have all the answers, and confident enough to be able to admit that in front of everyone else.
While we may tend to think of curiosity as a hardwired personality trait—meaning, one either is blessed with “a curious mind” or not—according to Ian Leslie, author of the book Curious, curiosity is actually “more of a state than a trait.” We all have the potential to be curious, given the right conditions.
Leslie notes that curiosity seems to bubble up when we are exposed to new information and then find ourselves wanting to know more. Hence, the would-be curious leader should endeavor to get “out of the bubble” when possible; to seek out new influences, ideas, and experiences that may fire up the desire to learn more and dig deeper.”
More at: hbr.org

Wonder, #wciw 2015 Day Four

You do not have to journey into the abyss of the Dark Night of the Soul to be graced by wonder. You have to unplug from the disenchanted world and be open to it, to make a space for it and to welcome it.

Arising in your senses, coming alive in your imagination, like a child, wonder arises from your innate curiosity about the impossibility, implausibility and awesome adventure of life. As you open yourself to the possibility, you experience the opening to an inexplicable vastness, an overwhelming profundity, an utter miracle and magic of life, of yourself, and of all that is. In the words of Jack Haas, “Wonder’ is the open freedom of the pure mind – the first and last pillar upon which the castle of the Spirit is built. It is the beginning and the end, the home and the journey there. (The Way of Wonder, Jack Haas)

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Wonder is a state of being, the spark of spirit within life. That spark awakens, ensouls and vivifies everything. Once experienced, life is never the same. It grasps anything and transforms perception. 

The experience of Wonder 

As you journey deep into its ever emerging possibilities, your eyes are renewed with experience and soul awash with curiosity. 

You recognize and appreciate the mystery of your own being. Space within is opened and gratitude is nurtured, as you invite the wonderful and awaken to the sacredness of life. It prepares you to witness the transformation of the ordinary to the extraordinary as you remember what it was like to stand in childlike innocence and awe in the presence of sheer beauty, mystery and sacramental majesty of the world. To know wisdom is to be drawn you out of your ego mind and self-preoccupation, as your soul deepens and softens.

You can invoke this state by shutting down your rational mind and allowing yourself simply be at one with your actions and experiences. Impassioned, honest, straightforward, simplicity is the key to unlock this experience within you. The setting can be wherever you find yourself. There is no need to go somewhere special since wonder is not the exclusive right of religious spirituality. It is present in the most banal and ordinary things in life. Going for a slow, contemplative walk, or gazing into the numinosity of heaven’s inky carpet, can open the door to Wonder. 

Adapted from http://www.cosmicintelligenceagency.com/