This is a fun place. In the Studio for Ideas and Creativity we employ positive thinking, unlimited by the past. Without crazy ideas, no organization can move forward and master the future.
Everything around us only exists, because once somebody had a dream, which later on was realized. We know about the creativity of our great masters, like, for example, Leonardo Da Vinci, who could perceive technical innovations, which at this time were not based on any common knowledge. 500 years later, the helicopter, which had been dreamed by Leonardo, was invented. Or look at Albert Einstein, who was sitting in his (boring) math classes, imagining himself sitting on a light beam traveling through space. This once was the birth of the general theory of relativity. A great reasource about creative genius is the book series of R. Dilts: Strategies of Genius I-III
In fact each of us is creative in some parts of our lives. One might be an artist in furnishing her house, the other in playing an instrument, the third in formatting computer documents. But we rarely consider applying this creativity to other sectors. I really believe that creativity is a congenital characteristic. Not being creative in a particular sense (e.g., in painting, or speaking to public) is not a matter of skills, but a matter of belief. Of course, we won't become a Rubinstein on the piano within 5 days. But each of us is physically and mentally able to learn an instrument.
Creativity is something that organizations either encourage or discourage - explicitely or implicitely. It is part of the organizational culture, deeply embedded in the DNA of the organization. But too much creativity can also be a threat to people. They might feel alienated, unrooted, unsecure if they have to depart from their standard practices. In organizations, you always need a mix of people: those who carry the good traditions into the future and those who discover new stars.
Questions for Deeper Exploration
- What are our sources of creativity?
- How do we encourage people to experiment?
- How do we reward new ideas?
- How agile are we?