A Leap Into Creativity Furthers Success
Others have seen what is and asked why.
I have seen what could be and asked why not.
Most of us have come up against a situation where playing it safe was seemingly the smart choice, where not rocking the boat or sticking our neck out to follow a new path was the prudent choice. These decisions we made might have been a result of our not seeing the alternatives, rather than made out of fear of losing our job or the admiration of our coworkers. Only we know for sure why we pulled on the reins, and stopped the horse from jumping the fence.
“Leap Into Creativity for Future Success”
According to the IBM 2010 Global CEO Study, which surveyed 1,500 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, CEOs believe that, “more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision — successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity.”
The results of the IBM study are interesting and seem to fly against the common perception that CEOs are more concerned with the black and white world of sameness. Indeed the risky path leading to a leap into creativity would seem the opposite of what most corporate leaders would advocate. Still, I have no reason to doubt the studies results and I believe that the leaders who took part in this study did indeed believe in the power of creativity, at least in their thoughts.
Only time will tell if large corporations embrace creativity as one of the most valued assets of future success. And now 7 years beyond the study creativity while more apparent in the halls of power is not yet a top 3 motivation in corporations.
Opportunities to expand and take the leap into creativity, opportunities to slide down the rabbit hole into the unknown present themselves each time we turn a corner, each time we face a new challenge in our job as well as our personal lives. These opportunities to do things differently are begging us to take a chance and do things differently. These opportunities ask us to throw out the tired routines we’ve been carrying around for what seems like forever. If we don’t now invite the opportunity of creativity into our lives, when will we.
The next time a opportunity presents itself leap into creativity. If resistance shows up, ask yourself What’s Can I Do Differently To Get Around The Resistance?
Over a few decades I’ve come to see that Creativity is not about having good ideas, it’s about taking those ideas and making them into something tangible. Creativity is not a thought but an action of production. And to get to the action of creativity you must first be curious.