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December 14, 2004

Keeping it fresh

A little while back I read Sticky Wisdom by the founders of ?What if! - the innovation consultancy. One of the key factors they identify as crucial to creative thinking is freshness - putting yourself in new spaces that open your eyes to different ways of thinking.

The web, and particularly the blogosphere can be the oft discussed echo-chamber in which you hear only what you say and think echoed by many like-minded souls. Alternatively, it can be the source of much freshness and challenging thinking.

Since reading Sticky Wisdom, I've been working at freshness and opening myself up to different ways of working and thinking. I was delighted, therefore, to come across rodcorp; and most particularly, the blog's category How we work - an ever growing set of nuggets from a wide range of sources on how people go about working. What does a writer do to force those first few paragraphs onto the blankness of a crisp white page first thing in the morning? How does a photographer keep the inventiveness flowing? What does an business leader do to stop mental and technical congestion?

Link: rodcorp.

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Sticky Wisdom was a breakthrough in the realm of creativity. Easy to read. A little harder, but not that difficult to incorporate into daily thinking. What I found most valuable was how to protect half-baked ideas so they would not be killed before fully evolved. Strategies like these are critical.
There's nothing more exciting than a great idea - and frankly, nothing more essential to moving a community forward. But, when the great ideas are revealed, there is usually an army of people to oppose it. While we all admire innovation, when it's cost is a change in habit from the routines to which we are accustomed, the proposition changes considerably. Sticky Wisdom provided me the language to invite participation in the development (not judgement) of an idea when it's raw form is first introduced to others.
How we work is more a product of how we think. To provide creative input into an organization, to focous on innovation, is possibly the most important contribution anyone can make. If you are working for an organizaiton that is not receptive to creativity, or not seeing value in alternate approaches to products or processes, then that organziation has a limited future. Perhaps it's time to seek employment elsewhere.

Posted by: Chas Martin | Mar 3, 2006 3:45:26 AM