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Connecting Your Leadership with Your Employees

Great workplaces are a utopia of productivity, collaboration, innovation, and success. The leaders of these workplaces inspire their employees and ignite their passion for greater breakthrough results.

What makes the difference between a leader who tells employees what to do, how to do things without recognition and one who actually shows value of your employee? How productive will your employees be when you connect well with your employees and respect their decisions in getting the work done through their creative thinking?

Today’s businesses are interconnected being fast-paced to the extent that many leaders cannot catch up with one trend before another pops up. Employee relations remain to be a leader in the workplace. It’s no secret that a company cannot operate successfully without productive employees.

“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” – Tom Peters

Many leaders are unprepared for the challenges of today and tomorrow. Some take their lead from what they experienced previously. Employees crave connecting with their company leaders. In traditional leadership, most employees are either afraid to say anything to their leader. Employees prefer to avoid the leader as much as possible. Employee thoughts, ideas and opinions don’t mean anything.

Leaders who connect with their employees want to hear from employees. They want employees to voice their thoughts, ideas and opinions. These leaders value their employees.

“Engagement isn’t just defined by employees being engaged with the company’s leaders. Engagement is at its best when employees across all departments and teams work together and create a synergy that perpetuates the organization’s culture and values.” – Paul LaRue

When a leader interact with employees your leadership style impacts organizational culture.  In getting to know your employees, allow a team member the chance to be in the spotlight. Allowing an employee the opportunity to lead a team meeting gives the leader the chance to see how employees take action. It also gives leaders the opportunity to get to know your employees better.

A leader who is a connector is confident, courageous, and a risk taker knowing what it takes to create and produce the next breakthrough. Harnessing and maximizing differences in diversity of thought, ideas and solutions elicit ‘out of the box’ thinking that affects change and innovation.

Making connections enables leaders to lead and make decisions for employees with their input as feedback and other suggestions. Communicating openly with your employees improves their engagement and your company’s bottom line.

Brilliant Connector for Creativity

Great leaders don’t just manage employees, they make sure employees are motivated, engaged and inspired when coming to work. Recognize employees for good work, and give them room to grow. Allow them to express their thoughts, ideas and opinions. This in-turn empowers employees to make decisions instead of waiting for supervisors, managers or other leaders on the work that needs to get done immediately.

Ask Open Ended Questions to Create Dialogue

At times to instigate dialogue in order to get people to fully connected helps move your organization through the actions taken by employees. Every time you are in front of an employee you have an opportunity to increase that engagement through dialogue. Asking open-ended questions encourages employees to express their thoughts, ideas and opinions. Listening to this feedback and taking action on these statements shows leadership support. The interest leaders have impact employee productivity.

“Empathy is the connection- before the solution- that leads to solutions!” – Kate Nasser

Employees want to be able to connect with their leader—today more than ever before. Change the way leaders connect with employees significantly improves performance and productivity from the entire organization. Employees will take more pride in the work they do.

 

Leading with Courage and Confidence

“Creativity Takes Courage” -Henri Matisse

There are no precise ingredients that constitute great leadership. Leaders bring different backgrounds and experiences that represent the ingredients of each person’s leadership. For many leaders, your confidence and courage can hold you back from being effective. Then there are those leaders who know when to be confident and have the courage to make the decisions needed to move the company forward effectively.

 “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry

How many company leaders have you seen with courage and confidence to bull doze through problems, challenges and difficulties of their organization? Some leaders don’t have these skills and talent. Other leaders have them, yet don’t fully use them to your advantage. Then those who know how to use them well and don’t show off to others as you know when and how to use them for specific situations.

Confidence Requires Courage

True courage and confidence reside in leaders who can solve their organization’s problems, challenges and difficulties. How you complete this task is determined by your courage and confidence. Unlike confidence though, which requires absolute belief in your abilities, courage only requires one thing: that you act. To be courageous is to do things you’re afraid to do.

Without Confidence, There is No Leadership

“Leadership requires the courage to make decisions that will benefit the next generation.”

-Alan Autry

Leaders need to be courageous and confident in order to make tough calls and to take risks. Courage is the constant willingness to go beyond your comfort zone. Push yourself out of your comfort zone so that you can take your leadership to the next level. Without stepping outside of your comfort zone, your effectiveness as well as courage and confidence will not help you. Confidence is the primary basis in which leadership will grow.

Having a Confidently Courageous Mindset

Being a leader with the courage and confidence to be effective in your position is a mindset. Knowing how to manage tensions and to leading in tough times has a lot to do with being confident and having the courage to take actions on the things that matter most.

Self-confidence is the fundamental basis from which your leadership grows. Courage is a choice that requires action. A courageous leader will face problems head on. You may not know the outcome yet you need to still stand up to problems wherever they arise. A courageous leader is confident enough to admit that they don’t have all the answers. Just as creativity is considered as a muscle, some say courage is like a muscle—the more you use it the stronger it becomes.  This means taking a risk with your values, your beliefs, and your vision.

 “Unlike confidence, which requires absolute belief in your abilities, courage only requires one thing: that you act. To be courageous is to do things you’re afraid to do.”

 -Written by Ashford University Staff

As the saying goes “use it or lose it”, you know what got you in the position of being a leader, now demonstrate not just your skills, your talent includes having the courage to be confident in taking action on the decisions you want implemented. Your leadership is an opportunity to show your courage and gain confidence. Confidence is the outcome of your thoughts and the actions you take. It is based on your belief in your ability to succeed.

You have the opportunity today to be more outstanding than ever before- Take advantage of it.

Build Jumpstarting Innovation into Your Business

Too many businesses continue staying with their same old ways of doing business and getting the same old results. With this in mind, you may not realize that you actually lose market share of clients who can use your products and services. The big difference is that you need to shift gears slightly into the realm of being more creative.

Business stagnation left unchecked leads to lower employee productivity, decreased consumer interest and smaller profit margins. Maybe it’s time you start to innovate your business for optimal effectiveness.

Listen to All Ideas

Allow your employees to give feedback and ideas. Remember, your employees are the people who create and produce the ideas they work with. Take time to really listen to all ideas. Let your employees “brainstorm” ideas and how to get things done themselves after you give them the task to complete.

Start Asking Better Questions

If you are fresh out of ideas start asking your employees and customer’s questions. Ask questions that are thought-provoking in order to get new ideas to solve the problems, challenges and difficulties you have in front of you. Ask and think about “What if…?” These types of questions need you to go beyond the basics to the possibilities.

Break Out of Your Fixed Mindset

You company needs to shift from working on a traditional basis to an unconventional basis. This means you and your employees need to be growth oriented and be open to different thoughts and ideas and learn from mistakes and failures. Allow these things to take place as you experiment with trial and error in combining ideas that solve what’s in front of you. Go beyond the basics. Start viewing things from a different perspective than what you have been used to seeing.

Pull People Out of their Comfort Zone to Generate Better Ideas

Stop holding yourself back from not getting out of your comfort zone. By stagnating, you achieve the same work that feels comfortable for you. You end up with the same results. Stepping out of your comfort zone even on a gradual basis allows you to see your progress in your personal life and in your work. By expanding yourself your thoughts, ideas and opinions may surprise you and your co-workers. Your results will be better than you expect. The more you feel comfortable in taking a gradual step outside of your comfort you will not miss the opportunities that have been passing you by.

Transform your creative thoughts, ideas and opinions into breakthrough results that will boost your business to the next level of your success. Is your business ready to move into the 21st Century for explosive growth?

To make things happen contact nburgis@successful-solutions.com

 

 

Leading an Empowered Creative Organization

Great Managers Empower Their Organizations to Innovate

As the leader of your organization, how much do you really know about each of your employees? Ask yourself how creative and innovative your employees are outside of the workplace. Then ask them. The reason to find this out is because you want your employees to solve more problems, challenges and difficulties.

In order to empower your employees to use creative approaches moves your organization into thrive mode. You don’t have to necessarily be a creative and/or innovative workplace. These … will put your leadership into a position of allowing your employees to generate greater ideas to work more effectively in accomplishing their common goals.

“It’s not the tools you have faith in – tools are just tools – they work or they don’t work. It’s the people you have faith in or not.” -Steve Jobs, Apple

Staying Ahead in Business

“The role of leaders is not to get other people to follow them but to empower others to lead.” 

-Bill George

Productive change depends on employees who are work creatively to develop new ideas. Leaders need to learn from a number of things that go wrong when you attempt to boost creativity the wrong way. First, just coming up with a laundry list of ideas won’t solve the real problems facing an organization. That’s not how innovation works. The Idea Project was the easy part. Following through toward a successful conclusion? Not so much.

By embracing uncertainty and finding creative solutions your organization will be well equipped to thrive in today’s business climate. This is where you need to shift gears to allow your employees to use their best skills and talent to move your organization forward. This is what keeps you ahead in the marketplace.

Empower Employees to Be More Productive

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

-General George Smith Patton, Jr.

Empowered employees are good for business. By micromanaging people stifles their creative process and makes them less likely to give their best. Letting employees make decisions on how to solve what is in front of them shows a trust you have of them.

As leader, “you need to empower your team to generate and execute bold ideas” (Tim Brown CEO of IDEO).

Empower Your Employees to Innovate

Most people are stuck in “either-or” thinking. Their mindsets are win or lose. Shifting their mindset helps when each person thinks and reacts to new possibilities. Operating from a win-win perspective has your attitude shift toward positive possibilities that your idea will work.

“The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.”

-Blaine Lee

Encourage In-The-Moment Feedback

Create an open communication where feedback does not have to mean giving negative judgment or criticism to other. Sometimes feedback can help you improve what you are working on or it is great praise for accomplishing the task you were given.

Working Collaboratively Instead of Competitively

By improving your own organizational effectiveness by for empowering your employees, they work on a collaboratively basis instead of a competitive one against each other. Employees get to know what strengths and weaknesses to pull from in each employee for the best they do.

“Empowerment is constantly challenging oneself with something difficult that tests his power of nerve, knack, skill, aptitude, attitude and wisdom to do things diligently, delightfully but differently.” – Anuj Somany

In conclusion

Leaders should empower employees for the success of your business. In doing so, you allow your employees to use their creative thinking skills and talent. This brings out the best in your employees and the best in the work they do.

“An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.”

-Stephen Covey

Embrace Your Creativity

“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.”

 -Katherine Hepburn

Creativity is prized in children until around the fourth grade. Then society says, you now have to conform with what it told to you. As years pass by and you become an adult, creativity is now prized by many organizations. The better you can solve problems, challenges and difficulties the more you are valued.

Creativity is simply a solution with a unique twist.

If you believe you are creative, how do you show it? Letting other people see what you create and innovate is better than not showing your ideas, thoughts or opinions to others. Don’t let fear stop you from being creative.

Too many people have great ideas that you’ll never see. These people are afraid of being judged or criticized for their thoughts, ideas and opinions. Those who criticize are not ready for different things or changes. Remember, change is different to accept. Many who criticize are actually giving ideas to improve for greater results.

“The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” —Bill Clinton

By opening up your mind and seeing things differently than before you are better able to accept and question things through your thoughts, ideas and opinions.

Your courage and confidence allows you to embrace ideas you generate. Producing your ideas allows you to embrace creativity as a genius for your own unique perspective. Improving an existing idea or you know how to break through the blocks that hold you back for creating an new product that take hold of what everyone buys. Your unique creative ideas are yours.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” —Buckminster Fuller

Creativity is not just for children. It’s for everyone. Embracing creativity shows you are able to see things from different perspectives. Question your beliefs, assumptions and see how you can take the ordinary and turn it into an extraordinary innovation. Exercise your creativity muscles to show the best of who you are.

Go embrace the unknown. You never know what your ideas will result in. Sometimes what you expect or want turns out to be different and more distinctive than you thought.

“When in doubt, choose change.” —Lily Leung

Being an Inspired Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

Leadership may not have a one-size-fits-all definition. Your leadership defines your own ways of leading.  Great leaders know the ingredients before they can create the best recipe for success.   Employees are most inspired when a leader takes the time to know them.

Are you a leader who inspires your employees to greatness?  Inspiring greatness in others takes not just leadership, but knowing how to meet the needs of your employees. Having the confidence to meet the challenge goes beyond what most leaders want and expect from their employees. Inspired leaders when allowing your employees to solve problems, challenges and difficulties go beyond what most leaders want from their employees. Most leaders want and expect employees to conduct the assignment given to them with specific ways how to conduct the project.

“When you take risks and they work out, they lead to new capabilities you never saw before.” – Tom Soderstrom

Within your leadership you want employees to follow your lead. There is power in helping people get excited about what they do, and inspiring and motivating them to unleash their full potential.

Igniting Enthusiasm

Your enthusiasm can be contiguous to your employees when you allow them to generate ideas, create and produce those ideas for breakthrough results. In igniting your enthusiasm you cannot inspire unless you’re inspired yourself. This is the driver to employee engagement.

Navigating the Course of Action

Nothing extraordinary ever happens without a leader articulating a vision, a course of action. Beware of the uncertainty you lead your employees in. Set your goal to be achievable.

Inspired Employees Contribute

We all know that happy employees are more likely to stay with the company. Inspiration leads to more engaged employees. Encourage your employees to paint a picture of where they want to go and the result of their picture.  People are expected to generate ideas. Being able to stay motivated and creative gives you the focus of the work you have an interest in.

Opportunity is Always Within Reach

Most great leaders have someone who inspires or inspired them. Leading by example to empower others to be leaders of their own visions moves your employees to create and produce breakthrough results. More and more companies seek out and focus on developing their ability to drive inspiration and motivation. With this in mind, your business will thrive when you have the right employees in place.

There are a lot of factors that can be combined for inspired leaders to inspire your employees. These are just a few that you need to take into consideration when you do inspire your employees.

 “The more you inspire, the more people will inspire you.” – Simon Sinek

Seeing Things Differently

“Everyone has two eyes but no one has the same view.”

Seeing what everyone else see’s is one thing. Seeing things differently than others is something else. Sometimes the more creative you are, the more you view things differently. Seeing things different from others can produce innovative breakthrough results.

When you look at something, do you see the same thing every time you see it? Do you see the same thing everyone else sees? Do you look at every angle and see something different, or do you just agree that you see the same thing others see as to not deviant your thoughts?

“Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.”

-Napoleon Hill

Some people are afraid to say they see the same thing others see differently. This fear of being judged or criticized from others has you hold back your real thoughts and feelings. As a creative, you don’t need to hold back or be afraid of what others say. It comes with the territory.

Understand that we all may view things differently. Seeing things differently is a big lesson to be learned that can be carried with you the rest of your life. Making it a part of your life helps you solve problems, challenges and difficulties you encounter.

“We can’t change anything until we get some fresh ideas, until we begin to see things differently.” – James Hillman

Defining Moments

“There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts, before this and after this.” – Unknown

Accepting the challenge of seeing things differently can be difficult. Define who you are by generating your own ideas and follow through with them. Present fresh and unique perspective to solving the problems, challenges and difficulties to others on your work team. Don’t be afraid to express your thoughts, ideas and opinions. This can show more of who you are to co-workers.

Asking “What If” Questions

Ask questions beyond your assumptions and beliefs What if you could break from the status quo? What if you could make the changes you know you need to make to improve things?

Encourage yourself to ask “what if” questions to see the possibilities of your ideas. The questions you ask has you asking more questions to express more of your thoughts and opinions in order to generate greater ideas.

An important question to ask yourself is “What would I do differently…?”

Extraordinary in the Ordinary

“Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made Extraordinary,

simply by doing them with the right people.” – Nicholas Sparks

Seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary essentially is that of people may appear ordinary yet create and produce extraordinary things. These individuals see themselves as ordinary.

Try this exercise. Look around for ordinary things. Whether it is a building, a toy, or an appliance for example, look at the item differently than you never did before. Experiment with ordinary things to spark inspired ideas. Even intricate little things can spark a lot more than you think. Go beyond your expectation and use your imagination.

 

Creative people manage to see the world from another perspective, and the things they do, the decision they make are just different than what the rest of the people would usually do. The different perspectives of the things around you can generate great ideas for you to create and produce as a breakthrough result. Try new things and let 2017 be the year to start seeing things differently.

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

Wayne Dyer

Happy New Year 2017

A Change to Be Creative in Your Business

If this past year has been challenging for you…You are not alone.  The New Year is built as an invitation to look at everything with a fresh set of eyes, and a chance to rethink creative opportunities. Re-evaluate where you’ve been and where you can and want to go.

Welcome back to work now that the New Year has begun. It’s a fresh new year and the season of beginnings. Being eager with new thoughts, ideas and opinions you can use starting the first day back to work. More and more businesses are turning to creativity in order to thrive beyond previous expectations, you need to show these creative problem solving skills to what you can do for your clients and customers.

New Year’s Resolutions: This year determine that you will make changes because you need to unless your business goes straight into survival mode- not thrive mode. Shifting to be creative is your best bet on keeping your current clients and gaining more as the year progresses.

Creativity in business is more important than ever before. Let’s reflect for a little bit of the reasons you may not have been creative or as creative as you could have been during the last year. Pause and ask yourself why you stopped being creative?

“And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

What was your creative edge in 2016 and what will be your creative edge in 2017 be? Break your long-term goals down into smaller pieces and turn them into short-term goals.

How did this creative edge grow you in 2016 and how will your creative edge grow you in 2017?

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” – Tom Peters

Viewing the New Year

Your New Year’s resolution for creativity is not so different from any other resolutions you make. Creativity goes beyond music, art, or literature. Being creative primarily is generating fresh innovative ideas you think of doing in unique ways to solve problems, challenges and difficulties.

With the start of another new year, think about becoming more creative in order to explore different ways you can be creative and generate higher revenue. You may just be surprised.

Learn Something New

Continue broadening your mind with learning everything you can from different perspectives. Learning something new does not mean that you have to return to school. Explore your hidden skills and talent to make you creative or to make you a better creative person. The things around you can help you see things from a different perspective you never saw before.

Customers are a great source of inspiration and innovation. After all, whose needs are you trying to meet anyway?! Talk to your target market, your top customers, and really connect with them. Find out what they’re looking for and what they love about you.

Say Goodbye to Ho-Hum Say Goodbye to Ho-Hum New Year with Creativity

“Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.” -Charles Kettering

What will be your New Year can astound you now and as you generate ideas and create your ideas into the results you are hoping for. Instead of doing the same old-same old and getting the same results, start adding a little of your creative thinking for greater inspiration in the work you do. Keep motivating yourself and your employees for greater breakthrough results.

It’s only natural to want to scrap the old and start over once you get a whiff of that “New Year smell”. It gives you the opportunity to rethink and evaluate how creative your ideas can be. You may sometimes find that routine can be a source of generating ideas for you to use in solving problems, challenges and difficulties. Look with open eyes and an open mind for opportunities for greater results.

Make the Impossible, Possible

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” -Helen Keller

Challenge yourself and your employees to solve things that others believe are impossible to achieve. By breaking down each piece of the puzzle, you will find it easier to solve and then put it back together using your own unique combinations to complete and make impossible, possible.

Carry a Notebook

Don’t stop thinking of ideas, thoughts, opinions and questions. Write down your thoughts, ideas and opinions with regard to the things you see and how you can improve them. Write down any questions you have that provoking thinking beyond beliefs and assumptions. Do yourself a big favor to write things down whether you need to refer to them now or sometime into the future. They are very handy to hold onto.

Don’t Wait Until to Create the Change You Want Today

As you enter the New Year, are you ready to hit the ground running! What’s your goal and why? How do you plan to tackle the challenge? Cultivate at the start of a fresh new year. Spark new creative ideas for an extraordinary result. Be creative and find as many different ways as possible of achieving the same goal. Break down your goal in smaller pieces.

“The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” -Melody Beattie

Employees to Bring Ideas to the Table

“Creativity is a Function of Leadership” -Linda Naiman

For years your leadership has been telling your employees what to do and how to do things. After all these years, you realize you are losing business to your competitors and you need to thrive beyond survival mode. Many of your employees work on their own projects outside of work. After talking with a few employees, you find that many of them have great ideas for moving the company forward with their great ideas. You decide to give it a try.

Your employees already generate and create ideas for their own results outside of the workplace. Maybe it’s time you have them do the same thing in the workplace? For some leaders, this is the terrifying unknown – or like being afraid of the dark. For others, you know what you need to do to thrive and as the Nike ads say- “Just Do It.”

“I encourage people to bring ideas to the table. I’m very much a listener

and keep an open ear.” -Bruce R. Keiser

Since your employees are the ones who do the work, and they can be productive during the time they wait for any approval from management. Now is the time to allow your employees the opportunity to generate ideas to solve the problems, challenges and difficulties you assign to them. How can your employees meet your challenge?

“Connect the dots between individual roles and the goals of the organization. When people see that connection, they get a lot of energy out of work. They feel the importance, dignity, and meaning in their job.” – Ken Blanchard and Scott Blanchard

Enabling Employees to Solve Problems

One way to activate creativity within your employees is to develop your workplace into an environment that invites and accepts change, challenges and solutions from your employees. Being inclined to generate ideas, create those ideas and produce great results needs to be encouraged. On top of this, your employees need to feel comfortable expressing their thoughts, ideas and opinions without judgment or criticism. Their confidence is what is needed to bring new ideas to the table. 

Leaders Accepting Feedback from Employees

“Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about” – Ashleigh Brilliant (English Author and Cartoonist, b.1933)

Giving employees feedback and recognition helps them feel valued. This in-turn helps them contribute more into the creative process of their work. Ask them questions and allow them to give feedback, ask questions and express their concerns without retribution.

Employees can offer greater ideas when they are able to feel comfortable in speaking up and giving their thoughts and opinions. An employee who is hesitant to speak up is not going to feel valued especially with the contributions they provide.

Keep Ideas Flowing in Your Workplaces

“New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!”

 Arthur C. Clarke quotes (English Writer of science fiction, b.1917)

Allowing your employees a percentage of time each week to work on personal projects can boost your company’s performance, revenue and profits. Ask for ideas from everyone within your company. Create an inspiration room specifically designed to encourage your people to brainstorm and use a whiteboard for ideas. You can put up a “What if…” board for questions. Set up an “idea Challenge of the Month” to encourage your employees to generate ideas on a specific problem or area.

Bringing out the best in your employees

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” – Doug Conant

Generating great ideas of creativity leads to innovation. Innovation is essential for the growth of any company. Instead of stifling creativity and innovation, business leaders need to understand the triggers of progress to grow your company. Diversity empowers your people as to capitalize on their strengths.

Cultivating and developing training to improve the skills and talent of your employees for greater creative breakthrough results need to continue. Having some of your more creative employees working with less experienced employees can have a significant impact throughout your organization. This is where your employees take a lot of pride in them and in their employment. Innovation is the key to keeping your business competitive, as bright ideas are often hard to come by.

“The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.”

 Henry Ford quotes (American industrialist and pioneer of the assembly-line production method, 1863-1947)

As a leader, you want to shift gears from an ordinary organization to one that is extraordinary in being creative and innovative. This is so you can get a jump on your competition and thrive beyond survival mode. You already know that your employees work on great ideas outside of the workplace. Now, you have them to bring their great ideas in-house. Thrive beyond your expectation.

Creativity in a Box of Crayons

Crayon your way to creativity. What do I draw, what ideas can I generate?

Think back to your childhood school days. You most likely used all the colors in the box, colored outside the lines and sometimes even added to the picture. The little extra stuff is part of your creativity. If you colored in the lines and did not add anything onto the paper, your teacher loved what you drew. On the other hand, if you drew outside the lines and since you added extra things or colored how you wanted, your teacher probably wasn’t a happy camper with you.

As an adult, it’s time to forget what you were taught in school and are ready to do things your way; it’s time to try things on your own. With a blank piece of paper in front of you and cracking open a brand new box of 64 crayons you can now stretch your creative ideas and draw what you want to without your former school classmates bothering you. No one tells you what to draw or to ask “What is that?”  Show your creativity. You make the decision of what you want in your picture.

Quick: Think of five things you could do with a new box of crayons. Take notice of how you feel when thinking of these 5 things.

Opening a pack of crayons and making an idea your own helps you see things others don’t when it comes to creativity and innovation. Look around you and take pieces of information and generate ideas from what you see. It may not be possible to draw them, instead use a creative notebook and write down in detail your thoughts, ideas and opinions.

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor and your picture begins to lighten up.”

ALLEN KLEIN, attributed, Soul Rays: Discover the Vibratory Frequency of Your Soul

Too many adults think that you need to instantly become an adult with all the responsibilities when you reach 18 years of age. These same individuals don’t revert to childhood for any reason.  If you did not get praise or recognition as a child with regard to your creative works, you typically will think you are not good at being creative or that no one likes your work. At least be creative for yourself.

This week crack open a fresh box of crayons.  Stretch your creativity by getting back in touch with your inner child. Draw, sculpt, paint, or write. Challenge yourself to find something creative to do with all that colored wax. Being creative, you invent, imagine, problem-solve, create, and communicate in fresh, new ways. This is where every business requires creative thinkers to work for them.

Experimenting with crayons could lead to some new ideas for your current projects. As you might imagine, different colors activate the brain in different ways. Studies have shown that specifically green and blue have strong effects on enhancing creativity and nourishing innovative thinking. What colors work for you in the projects you create?

Now grab your crayons and go to it! Underneath it all, explore the colors. Use each colored crayon and draw something, doodle or just make lines.

“Learn to use ten minutes intelligently. It will pay you huge dividends.”

-William Irwin