Drawing Solutions: How Visuals Will Change Your Life
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If you've been following us on Twitter lately, you might have noticed that we post a lot about creativity, and everyone's capacity for it.
Creativity has traditionally been thought of as an inherent gift - some people are born creative, and some are not. Those born without this "Gift" get to watch enviously as the Creatives innovate the world. And although it may be true that certain people are born with special talents, their abundance of creative genius does not mean you have any less. You were born a Creative Genius. I promise.
Think about it this way. Did you come out of the womb knowing how to ride a bike? No. Did you watch all the other kids riding bikes, and think to yourself "I can't do that." Maybe, but if you did I'll bet someone pulled you up off your chair, sat you on a bike, and taught you the ropes. Bike-riding is a skill. Practice enough and you'll feel like you were born doing it.
Creativity is no different. Creativity takes practice. If you've spent your adult life focused on analytical, intellectual tasks, you can bet your bottom dollar those creative skills are rusty, but they're there. They're just waiting for you to exercies them.
And that brings me to another point. Creativity is an incredibly broad subject, and you can have many talents and proficiencies within it. Did you try painting, coloring, sketching, clay modelling, graphic design, dance, music, drama, comedy, poetry, prose, calligraphy, and find yourself drawn to none of them? They are only a tiny, tiny fraction of what it means to be creative. The arts do not have a patent on creativity. Creativity can mean problem-solving, innovating, imagining, bringing together, breaking apart, fierce curiosity, and more.
Notice how I didn't ask if you were "Good" at any of the above definitions of creativity. I simply asked if you were "Drawn" to them. There are a handful of people who can pick up a paintbrush for the first time and be 'Good' at it. For the rest of us, being 'Good' only comes with practice. If you feel drawn to a subject or mode of thinking, that is all you need to get your creative genius flowing. With practice will come the skills you need to execute what's in your perfect mind.
So the next time you hear somebody talk about "Creatives", allow a little thrill of recognition to run through you. YOU are a Creative Genius, through and through.
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Create Dynamism! We've been percolating & testing new ways to Up Your Creative Genius in team workshops for some time. This week we launched our Building A Dynamic Workshop board game that you can use to create your offsite and come up with awesome and engaging design! I use it every chance I get. This week, I worked with a leader using the game to design a 1/2 day session with her leaders that used a variation on the board game Clue to up their detective skills so they could solve the mysteries of their management structure!
Designing your next strategy, vision, process improvement or conversation-filled offsite should be engaging and fun. This board game helps you involve your client design team in the design and delivery of each part of your team workshop. Why not bring out and build the creative genius in everyone?
This is a perfect tool for learning and development, HR, OD, or admin/associates and business consultants! Don't let your eyes roll back in your head when the event planning falls on your shoulders! Arm yourself with an awesome Creative Genius Toolkit!
You can do it! I believe in YOU!
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This digital, downloadable kit will raise your acumen in developing highly engaging meetings, through a step-by-step guide. You’ll create amazing, hands-on workshops that will leave your participants wanting more! Get ready to show up as the Creative Genius you are.
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Creative Genius YOU Medallions!
Wondering what to get your team or team mate for the holidays?
Why not a Creative Genius YOU medallion?
These talisman's are each hand-crafted from sterling silver by Sandra Lewis.
If you have ever been to or through Sturgis during the Harley Davidson rally week, you have witnessed true obsession. Loud obsession. Big, gaudy and well, highly creative metal, chrome, paint and leather obsession.
What do you do with an unknown obsession and its related species? You could compare and contrast with what you already know. But to what end? That kind of ridiculousness won’t help you gain understanding. What’s the best way to expand your awareness? Get into it and pretend it’s your obsession.
Dress up in Harley gear – leather and do-rags and boots and ripped jeans. Eat weird food – for at least a meal or two. Observe strange behavior – full body paint or barely clad car washers. My sister in law even bought me some lime green tassels that lit up. Oooh cool. I didn’t wear them but I like them ;-) You can sit on any corner and watch pelaton after pelaton of Harleys in all shapes, sizes, colors, and decibel levels go by.
All the while I kept reminding myself how obsessive I was with things that I’m sure seem quite foreign to many people. Like wearing tight spandex and then racing my bike in circles or putting butter in my coffee or dyeing my hair blue.
After about 3 days of my adventure, I had spoken to dozens of new people, seen thousands of Harleys, hung on for dear life over numerous mountain passes AND I did feel expanded. (And not just by a few pounds ;-)
I was more open, more tolerant, and more interested in the lives of those around me. How they got into Harley’s and what, for them, was their passion about?
Then, in celebration, I jumped on my bicycle, hopped on the Mickelson Trail and rode myself back into my own, newly leathered from sun and wind, skin. It felt delicious.
Go out and try on someone else’s obsession this week. Stretch into someone else’s skin and see what you find out. It’s a big world and there are so many, many different and unique people in it. Go meet them and surprise yourself!
Toolkit number two is almost here! This digital kit will raise your leadership team's acumen in developing highly engaging meetings by guiding you step-by-step in creating amazing, hands-on workshops that will leave your participants wanting more.
Each of us has our own set of beliefs about the world; why we exist, what makes up a good breakfast, what’s the correct way to greet a stranger or say hello to a dog you don’t know yet.
The great news is that there is plenty of room to form (and test) your own beliefs. You can try a belief on for a day or a lifetime to see if it fits you. The place we get into trouble is when we try to force our beliefs onto other people. Sharing your beliefs is one thing, trying to make people believe what you do is another.
This week revisit some beliefs that you have formed – beliefs about yourself, about your family, your loved ones, your co-workers or team.
What do you think about them? How are they working for you?
Shaking up your own beliefs is difficult. The basal ganglia likes the routine of patterns and when you disrupt that, YIKES, it shoots a little alarm into your system.
Yet beliefs can change over time, so making space to revisit the beliefs you hold about yourself will help you shift into the new you that is evolving in this moment.
You are an evolutionary being, so when things start to feel stagnant, rather than telling yourself the story that it’s time to “buckle down” and stick with whatever you think you’re supposed to do, try something new.
Try uncoupling yourself from the Should of your dilemma and take a walk with your What if? self. The What if? self utilizes your imagination to formulate new theories, or experiment with new parts of you and new beliefs. Listen to the subtle nuanced ideas the What If? self serves up.
Try on some new beliefs about yourself – like maybe you are perfect just the way you are. Or how about the belief that everything will be okay, no matter which way it turns out.
Beliefs shape our world and what you believe is entirely up to you.
I love this picture I was sent of a group's current and future state. They agreed that all they need to do is travel that road, with kindness, love and respect and they'll be fine.