Looking for the Q?

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The thing about creativity is that it really is a state of mind. One of the simplest ways to engage with your creativity is to get out there and observe. Observation may seem so innocuous but it is the cornerstone of how we might get that innovative spark. What others miss or overlook we can see. What genius. So simple a concept, so powerful, yet many people are completely blind to it.

I took this challenge to go out and look for the Q. Today I went out without a particular place to go. All I had in mind was to keep my eyes open and to find letters in my surroundings. I thought about where I could find objects or things that resembled this unique letter. My first thought was “What could possibly look like a Q?” My mind wasn’t tuned in yet and I drew a blank. But as I mulled it over in my mind, exercising that creative muscle, what I thought was going to be difficult, in fact wasn’t so hard when you think about what a Q really is. It’s just a circle with a stick. That could be anything. So off I went.

The first thing I saw was a those plastic pull tags that seal around the cap of a milk jug or juice bottle. It looked just like a Q. It was right there in front of my eyes. Everywhere I looked I started seeing all kinds of letters– in tree branches, in railings, in floor tiles, and benches.

The secret to being more creative is first to look and see. How observant are you? Are you missing out on opportunities because you are too wrapped up in your own mind. Get out there and start looking for found letters. Make a project of it and do the whole alphabet. It will really get you seeing what is already in front of your eyes.

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Slowing the work treadmill

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Harvard Business School Professor Teresa Amabile compares much of work life to running on a treadmill.

susanna oreskovic‘s insight:

If you’ve been working for a while you may feel like you are on a treadmill, and one that will not stop for say about 30 years. Eek, this was my realization as I proudly walked into my new big office job. What I’ve learned along the way is that being the best at your job or having the best team working with you is more about having that mental space than it is about pushing yourself or your team to do more and more, faster and faster. Having a common purpose, buying into the task, having meaningfulness, with time for reflection or incubation of ideas will spare you from becoming frazzled and burnt out and guarantee you your people will not be just punching the clock putting in face time.

Read the whole article on news.harvard.edu

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Having Ideas Versus Having a Vision

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In the past decade, firms have been praised for ideas. Experts have celebrated the power of brainstorming and idea-generation techniques. Eureka light bulbs have populated the covers of many books.

susanna oreskovic‘s insight:

What the world needs is ideas in action. What are the qualities, traits, behaviours of visionary leaders? How do we cultivate these much needed leaders who are able to take these ideas generated in the divergent thinking stage and converge them into a vision and that can inspire their people to move forward and take action. Then only can we see the full spectrum of creativity working. Do you know someone who is a visionary leader? What makes them so?

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Optimal Creativity Time May Not Be Your Optimal Cognitive Time

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Many of us consider ourselves either a morning person or a night owl — times when we feel more productive, awake and think better. However, not …

susanna oreskovic‘s insight:

It stands to reason that our intellect may get in the way of our creativity. So why not do your creative work when you’re not at your peak brainpower. Your mental guard is lower and you may surprise yourself in what may come out. Try it.

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Overthinking and Your Child-Like Mind

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Creativity comes naturally to children. We begin to lose it as we start to learn and knowledge becomes our reference point. We think without seeing, without being open to other ways of thiinking. Without overthinking how would you solve the ques­tion in the image above. Give it a try.

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3 Steps to Overcoming Your Self-Doubts – Huffington Post

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3 Steps to Overcoming Your Self-DoubtsHuffington PostFor me they were: relationships, creativity, and social life. Now ask yourself, “Are these the three areas where I spend most of my time?” I’m guessing not.

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Living in little boxes

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Today I find myself here at my computer, writing. Finally. How long has this road been and is it just a step along my search to expressing my unique creativity and dreams? In thinking about this, I tried to trace what was it that had me toiling for decades in the 9 to 5 work-o-drama that is a corporate job. One job led to another, each one a successive rung higher on the proverbial ladder. My thoughts landed on the choices we make. Our choices in life are many, a multitude of options as vast as the universe. Each of these choices directs us down a certain path and we have absolutely no idea of where it will lead us. I considered the choices of my life; the direction of my studies, the people I choose to meet, the food I choose to eat, the activities I choose to do and every other choice right down to the routines I’ve set for myself. All that I have done has led me to this moment. I am present in the moment, quiet and still and yet I continue to make choices. What am I thinking of, am I hungry enough to get something to eat? The constant chatter does not allow my mind to be empty. With some practice or experience or perhaps wisdom of age, we all can learn to observe our thoughts, behaviours and ourselves. In youth, it seems we do not have this chatter of judgement and self-criticism. We just enjoy the moment, the joys of being and playing. Societal norms and expectations are imposed upon us, or rather we internalize them. To counteract and balance what is expected of us, we must ensure that personal empowerment, positivity and encouragement in our creative expressions are acknowledged. We collectively like to compare and judge and in the process we place higher value on certain activities. How impressed we may be when a child does a complex math problem or makes it on the science club. Do we have the same level of praise when they do an impromptu song or draw an interesting scene? These seemingly insignificant acts of expression build the foundations of future possibilities.

 

We are all creative by our very nature of being alive. Our bodies are in a state of constant creation with each cell renewal. We live in a natural world that creates and recreates itself all the time. Why is it then that we do not spend enough public discourse or value on our place in the world, our natural world? We are an extension of it. Our cities are not designed to coexist with nature. We remove ourselves from it. We cut ourselves off from this Life force and put ourselves into boxes. We are forever putting ourselves into boxes. Whether physically in homes or offices that literally are boxes to our societal norms that we must each fit into a neat category of who we are. Even with our inner life we may ignore or discount that little voice inside trying to get us to pay attention to our dreams. Instead of allowing it to develop, to explore where it takes us, we box up the thought for fear of ‘pick yours that apply’ and move it neatly to the back of our mind.

 

I have been rooting around in these boxes. They are not so solid and just by looking at them they disintegrate, as would something so old and fragile disintegrates just by touching it. As people search for happiness, they seek it in external goods, status and such. Some might opt for meditation. It is a matter of perspective and what you choose to see. Everything else is shrouded by fear and this fear wants to put things into boxes, neatly put it away, control things and convince itself it is happy. Eventually we glace back at the boxes and see that it is painful to deny our dreams. What we can do is start to observe where we are living. Not just the physical location but where we exist in mind, body and spirit and take a look at what boxes we have created for ourselves. While we have physical limitations, our creative ideas, thoughts and dreams are unbounded. The colloquial saying may be ‘think outside the box’. I’d rather say ‘forget the box entirely!’.

 

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Welcome to my blog. Here you will find my musings on our contemporary world as it relates the ideas of creativity, the structures of our society, our future vision and the grand adventure this is sure to be. I am an observer of human thought and behaviour and am curious to see how we use our creative nature to make our world the way it is or dream of what we want it to be. We have lives to live, jobs to work, dreams to fulfil and lessons to learn. We are physical humans in this world with a limitless imagination. How far will imagination take us? How do our ideas transform into our physical world? How does this work, where does it come from? What can we learn by tuning into the infinite creativity within all of us and how can we put it all together to create our society and world? Through art, popular culture and current thought on business leadership and organizational behaviour, we can explore ideas of creativity and how this plays out in our world. As they say it’s not the destination that counts. So stick around for the journey, it’s sure to be an adventurous one!