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.
The Art of Leadership
Doug Shaw & Joe Gerstandt
Illinois SHRM 2014
Freak Flag Flyer
Why Are We Here?
Our objective is for you to be better equipped to
introduce creativity and innovation into your place of
‘Creativity and Collaboration are not important in my
Said no one…ever
The ability to work creatively and collaboratively are
mission critical for successful business and successful HR.
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
It Matters – So Why Isn’t It
Some Ideas We Came Up With:
A Gap in What We Say and What We Do
Perceived to be Inefficient
‘Vulnerability is the path to
belonging, to innovation, trust
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
Are You Creative?
I ask people:
‘Can you draw/paint/sketch?’
‘I am not an artist’
Our work is our art
We are all artists -
Never be ashamed to admit it
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
Relax – and sketch yourself
Ebb and Flow – Tuning up the
Environment for Creativity
A Beginning – Where I Started to
‘Show My Work’
Hand sketching is an aid to many
essential skills including:
Sketching and doodling often takes
a different path than words on a
page, opening up more
Sketches are powerful links to
experiences and trigger
A picture paints a thousand
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.
Devolved power = more agility
Going social – what’s the
Going social – what does it
mean to you?
Using symbols and shapes to help
represent your business is an
interesting way of helping get
clarity around your brand and
Using sketching and non judgmental questioning
to help create a coaching culture and improve your work.
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.
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
‘That which is created without preparation.’
1 Rule: There are no mistakes
Stories – Part of the Essence of Life
The Five Beats of StoryTelling
1. The Introduction
2. The Inciting Incident
3. Raising The Stakes
4. The Main Event
5. The Resolution
Stories – Part of the Essence of Life
Lost and Found – A Love Story