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Introduction to role of ceativity and reflection in leadership, and use of haiku writing as a discipline, presnetaion from Academi Wales Summer School 2013

Introduction to role of ceativity and reflection in leadership, and use of haiku writing as a discipline, presnetaion from Academi Wales Summer School 2013

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  • 1. The flow of thought26/6/13Martin Locockmlocock
  • 2. OutlineFlowCreativity and focusReflecting and recordingThe haiku in theory and practice
  • 3. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow:Optimal experience, the combination ofabsorption, effort, and disciplineFlow
  • 4. Creativity and focusCreative impulse• To make a change in the world• To convert thought into action• To share an insight with othersFocus• Absorption• Intensity• = flowPhoto: Rose White yarnivore
  • 5. Managing creativity• Leadership and creativity• Creation is easy; craft is hard,quality is variable• The creative paradox (or, “Therewas a young man from HongKong”)
  • 6. Poetry and reflection• Capture moments of transformation• Capture feelings and texture ofexperience• Jack Mezirow – critical reflectiontransformational learning re-thinkingpast experiences
  • 7. Reflecting and recording• Reflect > Record > Review• Capturing the essence of insights andexperience
  • 8. The haikuTwilightMidges cloud the airTheir frantic activityGetting them nowhere
  • 9. The haikuTwilightMidges cloud the airTheir frantic activityGetting them nowhere•Strong image, simple language, two halves, can be smallsubject
  • 10. Rules• Japanese tradition• A title• Three lines• Five, seven, five syllables• Words can be omitted• Changing moment: external > internal,describe > feel/think; two aspects ofsomething
  • 11. ExamplesProverbFifty years’ wisdom:in spring prepare the woodpileready for autumn
  • 12. Kijo MurakamiFirst autumn morning:the mirror I stare intoshows my fathers face
  • 13. Haiku exercise• Topic: a discovery or insight• Content: context and event• Focus on how it felt, how itchanged you• No room for irrelevancies
  • 14. Having a go• Find a thought 3 minutes• Write it down as a phrase• First draft 5 minutes• Write it neatly• Title• Pairs: read aloud– What was best, what needs work 5 minutes• Quick revision 2 minutes• Final version: reading
  • 15. Judging a poem• Does it contain a truth?• Does it express that truth?• Does it communicate that truth?Irrelevant questions:• Is the idea new?• Is the idea one you are committed to?• Would someone else have written itdifferently?
  • 16. More wordshttp://changingmoment.blogspot.comThe Great Wave, Hokusai (1760-1849)
  • 17. mlocock@gmail.com