Over the years I've been lucky enough to have known and worked with several exceptionally creative people and a couple of creative organizations. There seem to be a few components that enable it. Perhaps the best news is it doesn't seem to be a talent someone is born with. A few themes emerge: play, being unafraid to fail (confidence and play perhaps), the opportunity and ability to focus on a single task without interruption, isolation at some times and the right forms of communications at others, and letting the problem become a background task at times seem to be centrally important. 1
This morning I was going through email and an old client wanted a bit on the subject for his organization.2 As an introduction I sent him links to two excellent John Cleese videos. It seems appropriate to share them, so rather than writing much in this post (no recipe corner today - I need to get to my mini-sabbatical - a critical piece of my own journey to being a bit more creative), here are the videos:
and from a few years ago ...
1 Many of these are connected and simple to state, but many are very difficult to achieve in a conventional workplace and many of us find critical pieces difficult to implement.
2 In the past decade I've been asked to help a few organizations enhance and grow the creativity of the organization as well as that of its members. There have been some successes, but this can be a non-trivial task with many dependencies.