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Creative Inspiration: Lego, practice, experts & critics

Inspiration

We all know that children have a great deal to teach us in terms of imagination, and that is exactly what Ideas for Leaders discusses in their article, How Lego helps strategic thinking and idea generationThe idea behind taking a step back from everyday activities and approaching a problem from a different angle may not be a new one, but this link between creativity and problem solving and using our hands to seek inspiration is one that certainly deserves some exploration. Plus, you never grow out of enjoying Lego.

Shaunacy Ferro in Fast Company questions the age-old theory that practice makes perfect. Her article looks into the debunking of Malcolm Gladwell’s theory, giving comfort to those who spent years practising, only to never quite achieve that expert level.  While this is an interesting viewpoint, we still believe it is worth putting in the hours and practicing, especially if it is something that you enjoy.

Emi Kolawole has been discussing How might we better design our days? with his fellows at the Stanford d.school. He came up with three themes he believes should be considered: mindfulness, spontaneity and commitment. While we may be restricted in some ways by working hours and our corporate environment, for example, nowadays we all have a considerable amount of control over the way we shape our days. This gives us a large responsibility to make the best of what is available to us. This concept of designing our days can feel like a significant pressure, but these three themes add a certain simplicity that is useful to hold on to.

Phil McKinney’s article Hey, What’s the Big Idea?! Look for Answers From Your Employees Rather Than Outside Experts looks into the idea that innovation does not necessarily come from expertise. He explains this by saying, “…the mastery that allows them to navigate competitive waters well often has the unintended consequence of rendering them rule-bound, unable to let go of the old answers and discover new ones.” He goes on to suggest that it is the company as a whole that needs to be used as a resource for future opportunities and developments. In other words, don’t overlook the manpower that goes into an operation, as those people are the ones who truly understand what is happening and what needs to change.

Finally, a video from Brené Brown on what it means to be a creative. Your Critics Aren’t Always The Ones Who Count is both funny and inspiring and goes into the philosophy of criticism and what it takes to create a life that you are proud to live.

Five more things we enjoyed reading recently:
Is there a connection between birthplace and musical sophistication?
How many hours does Zuckerberg work?
What will 2054 look like?
Who would win the sexiest brain part competition?
The responsibility for innovation lies with HR

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