June 26, 2011

Leadership Limerick: We Are All Creative

Every Monday, I offer a leadership limerick, highlighting an idea or strategy about effective leadership in limerick form. Searching for leadership limerick will identify previous posts.
 
But “I’m not creative” they say
You can hear it most any day

People stopping before they start
Denying they can play a part

In trying to find a new way

Many people equate creativity with generating completely new and breakthrough ideas.  Since that isn't always their forte, they determine they have no contribution to make to the creative process.

But being creative is about making different or novel connections, generating fresh insights, and envisioning previously unforeseen possibilities.  It doesn't necessarily imply that the creativity has to occur at some grand and mystical level.

So the next time someone says "I'm not creative," gently push back on that self-imposed limitation.  Why?  Because we live in a world in which one of the few things that cannot be commoditized is creativity itself.

1 comment:

Deirdre Reid said...

Synchronicity. I just posted a jpg of a list of 33 Ways to Stay Creative on my Facebook wall -- http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/33-ways-to-stay-creative. "Creative" isn't an exclusive adjective, we all have the potential. Patti Digh's Creative is a Verb is a great read on this.