Creating a Culture of Creativity

8 11 2012

I know I’ve been reblogging a lot this week. There is just so much great stuff out there that I want to share with everyone. Enjoy!

The Nature of Business

John Cleese, the famous comedian, often presents to business people about creativity and how to encourage more of it in today’s work place. John Cleese defines creativity as the ability to play, be childlike, explore ideas and be curious. We have two states of mind, he says, one that is ‘open’ and one that is ‘closed’:

Closed State: Active, impatient, pensive, very purposeful, not much humour, can get stressed – not creative but action-orientated.

Open State: Less purposeful, more inclined to humour, more playful, curiosity for its own sake, not under time pressure to get a specific thing done – more creative.

To be effective, he says, we need to switch between a state of mind that is ‘open’ and creative and ‘closed’ and focused.  The big challenge in today’s business environment John Cleese points to is that we often maintain tunnel vision when we need a wider view.


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9 11 2012
David Thompson

Don’t apologise for finding interesting stuff that I would otherwise probably never read. It confirms my belief that we have all the ideas and knowledge we need to turn this world around, all that has to happen is to bring it together and inspire the leaders to stand up and take us to tomorrow.


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