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Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”
– Steve Jobs
My wonderful cousin Ali takes a month’s leave each summer and spends it with her triplets, husband and her mother on the New South Wales coast. It is a delight for me to be able to spend a week with them each summer during this time. This year’s trip afforded me the opportunity to teach Oscar, one of the triplets, and his ever enquiring mind the meaning of the expression “Nothing floats my boat!” I had responded to a question as to whether I saw any clothing I liked at the local market we were visiting with “Nothing floats my boat!” Oscar asked me what I meant as he couldn’t make the connection between liking clothes and boats not floating. I provided him with an explanation that I did not like any of the clothes I saw enough to buy them. To which he promptly held up a lucky dip prize he had just been given by Grandma and explained, “This floats my boat!” It was so delightful to see him so quickly explore the application of his new expression. Suffice to say it got used a lot in the following days!
Ali is an avid ‘poster of pictures’ on Facebook and I love it as a way of sharing her and the triplets experiences when I live in another state! This month’s image is provided by her. The “bucket tree” was co-created by her and her mother… I don’t know whether they were bored at the beach or seeking to educate and/or entertain the triplets. What I do know is I loved the result and it spoke to me immediately of generating possibilities.
How often do you stop and take the opportunity to put two (or more) things together that you would not normally combine? When we pause for possibilities we allow ourselves the space and time and grant ourselves permission to do things that are a little off-beat, kooky, alternative and unusual. And when we can put aside our fear of being negatively judged as silly or kooky or crazy we can generate creative and innovative results… just like the “bucket tree”.
Peter Drucker coined the term the “knowledge worker” and as Daniel Pink points out in “A Whole New Mind” the time of the primacy of the knowledge worker is passing. It’s time to be part of a shift, using your whole mind, to be an “innovation worker” – a term coined nearly a decade ago by myself and fellow Ontologist Geoff McDonald.
What innovative and creative outcomes could you generate by focusing on previously uncombined ideas, materials, thoughts, words, images, songs or poems?
I posolutely absitively guarantee you some interesting results! Enjoy!
Because your Mind Health Matters…