In the last post I was speaking about people being ‘full cups’, an affliction which unfortunately often affects people in authority positions – CEO’s, small business owners, long serving employees.

Now what do they all have in common? It could be called ‘the familiarity breeds blindness syndrome’. We are living in a rapidly changing world – something many people do not really fully comprehend as yet.  Old ways of doing things no longer work, business models are changing.  Methods that sold widgets 20, 10  or even 5 years ago  will not work well today. We have moved from the information age into the age of creativity.  There are a few major business on the world stage, some of the bigger corporations that have cottoned on to this and consequently, now employ  creativity experts on their staff.

What does this have to do with familiarity and blindness?  People or businesses that are in a rut tend to just repeat the same old same old.  Because it worked once it should still work. This approach however ignores one of the fundamental laws of the universe, which is that change is the only certainty. The advantage  creativity experts have is that they are trained to think differently, they don’t see the world through the same paradigm as everyone else and they are not attached to a particular outcome.  Therefore they can be open to all possibilities. They also have high pattern recognition skills, which allow them to follow paths, others cannot perceive.

The faster the world moves, the more need we have for creative thinkers, just to help the rest of us keep up.

Today’s Question: How are you managing to see around the blind spots in your own life?

I am beginning a series of posts/articles, which relate to creativity in business, a subject I have barely touched upon yet.

Many businesses these days pay lip service to innovation, without truly understanding that ALL innovation is driven by creativity and that the creative process has it own set of anti rules, parameters and processes which don’t fit into corporate rules, boxes and traditional ways of thinking.

We spend more of our lives working, either for ourselves if we have our own business or for someone else if we are employed, than we spend doing anything else. Which ever applies to you, I have a couple of questions –

  • Do you consciously use creativity or creative thinking in your day-to-day working life?
  • Do you think it is a general creative ‘bent’ that you have or are you more aware that you have and use your own ‘creative genius’ in your working life.

Now if you are not an ‘artist per se’ or you don’t work in a ‘creative’ type of business you may well be saying something like “what creative genius” what!!….

Didn’t anyone tell you before that you have one? Well I’m here to let you know – if there was ever any doubt about it, that you do.  And the scariest thing about that, is owning up to the fact that you might be really good at something.  Why is that?

Pretty simple really, if I am truly good at something then that might lead me to…….see full article

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