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How to Introduce Creativity and Innovation into Your Place of Work - The Art of Leadership

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Slides from a workshop presented by Doug Shaw and Joe Gerstandt at the 2014 Illinois SHRM Conference

Slides from a workshop presented by Doug Shaw and Joe Gerstandt at the 2014 Illinois SHRM Conference

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  • 1,500 kindergarten age kids surveyed for ‘genius’ levels of divergent thinking – the ability to come up with many solutions to a problem. At this young age, 98% have this ability.

    By the time these kids are aged 8-10, the level drops to 32%.

    By the time these kids are aged 13-15, the level drops to 10%

    A similar study of people aged 25 and over returned a level of only 2%

    We seem to be routinely driving creativity and collaboration out of people.

    Source: Breakpoint and Beyond
  • Creativity isn’t something you just switch on. It ebbs and flows according to the environment and attitude around you. What are the levers and dials you need to be aware of and able to adjust?
  • Used basic art as a learning trigger for others to experiment with for some time.
    A reluctant daughter
    Working coactively

    I’d been using basic artistic methods in client work for several years, but without practicing them myself.

    In August 2011 I encouraged my daughter to make a birthday card for her Grandpa, by making one too. This picture is the card I made.

    I decided to keep the artistic practice going and set up the artsensorium website so I could publish what I drew, painted and learnt.

    The artsensorium has become a great way to show my work, in all its untrained clunkiness. An essential part of adopting creative ways to work needs to be about working out loud – showing emerging ideas so that others can give you feedback.
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    • 1. The Art of Leadership Doug Shaw & Joe Gerstandt Illinois SHRM 2014
    • 2. About Doug ©reativity ©ommunity ©ollaboration @dougshaw1
    • 3. About Joe Diversity Inclusion Freak Flag Flyer @joegerstandt
    • 4. Why Are We Here? Our objective is for you to be better equipped to introduce creativity and innovation into your place of work. ‘Creativity and Collaboration are not important in my business…’ Said no one…ever The ability to work creatively and collaboratively are mission critical for successful business and successful HR.
    • 5. Creativity – It Matters A major survey of CEOs selected ‘creativity’ as the most critical capability to navigate today’s complex world, rating it higher than‘vision’,‘rigour’or ‘management discipline’. Design Council - 2013
    • 6. It Matters – So Why Isn’t It Happening? Some Ideas We Came Up With: Too Busy Too Risky Not Encouraged Coercive/Conformist Culture A Gap in What We Say and What We Do Perceived to be Inefficient
    • 7. We Are All Born Artists
    • 8. Vulnerability ‘Vulnerability is the path to belonging, to innovation, trust and creativity.’ 85% of interviewees for Brene Brown’s research can recall a time in school that was so shaming it forever changed how they thought of themselves as learners – 50% of those recollections related to art and creativity.
    • 9. Are You Creative? I ask people: ‘Can you draw/paint/sketch?’ They say: ‘I am not an artist’ Our work is our art We are all artists - Never be ashamed to admit it
    • 10. Overcoming Fear - Draw For The Bin We get hung up on believing our work is not good enough. We are not here to create Masterpieces – we are here to stretch our creative muscles. Draw for the bin – not the Royal Academy Relax – and sketch yourself Into existence.
    • 11. Ebb and Flow – Tuning up the Environment for Creativity
    • 12. A Beginning – Where I Started to ‘Show My Work’ www.artsensorium.com
    • 13. Doodling Hand sketching is an aid to many essential skills including: Concentration Idea Regeneration Problem Solving Memory Enhancement Sketching and doodling often takes a different path than words on a page, opening up more possibilities.
    • 14. Memory Trigger Sketches are powerful links to experiences and trigger important memories. A picture paints a thousand words.
    • 15. Iteration Creative work is iterative. Once an idea forms, it develops over a period of time. Each attempt, each mistake informs our learning until we realise the final tweaks needed, In order to get close to what we see in our mind’s eye.
    • 16. Sketch Notes Going social Devolved power = more agility Going social – what’s the hardest part? Going social – what does it mean to you?
    • 17. Mark Making Using symbols and shapes to help represent your business is an interesting way of helping get clarity around your brand and strategy.
    • 18. Coaching Questions http://stopdoingdumbthingstocustomers.com/inspiring/leap-day-learning/ Using sketching and non judgmental questioning to help create a coaching culture and improve your work.
    • 19. Sketching the Future of Work Inviting teams to cocreate a ‘big picture’ future for their work. Here’s one example, follow the link to see more. Had we more time, we would have refined and developed our work further – the point was simply to get people familiar with the concept on the day. http://stopdoingdumbthingstocustomers.com/learning/visualising-your-work/
    • 20. Creativity From Constraint ‘Creativity is subtraction – Choose what to leave out’ – Austin Kleon ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ Anon ‘Drawing is about mark making. Try to use only the marks you need’ – Kit White
    • 21. Improvisation ‘That which is created without preparation.’ 1 Rule: There are no mistakes 3 Principles: Listen Say yes…and Commit
    • 22. Stories – Part of the Essence of Life and Work The Five Beats of StoryTelling 1. The Introduction 2. The Inciting Incident 3. Raising The Stakes 4. The Main Event 5. The Resolution http://99u.com/articles/17652/the-five-beats-of-successful-storytelling-how-it-can- help-you-land-your-next-job
    • 23. Stories – Part of the Essence of Life and Work Lost and Found – A Love Story http://stopdoingdumbthingstocustomers.com/connection/lost-and-found/
    • 24. Further Reading Photo Credits Photos © Doug Shaw – except: Joe Gerstandt – © Bryce Bridges Work Sucks https://flic.kr/p/sFfHK Vulnerable http://www.flickr.com/photos/home_of_dreams/3581920427/ Sunflowers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflowers_(painting)

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