Flow of thought 2013

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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

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Flow of thought 2013

  1. 1. The flow of thought26/6/13Martin Locockmlocock
  2. 2. OutlineFlowCreativity and focusReflecting and recordingThe haiku in theory and practice
  3. 3. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow:Optimal experience, the combination ofabsorption, effort, and disciplineFlow
  4. 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. 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. 6. Poetry and reflection• Capture moments of transformation• Capture feelings and texture ofexperience• Jack Mezirow – critical reflectiontransformational learning re-thinkingpast experiences
  7. 7. Reflecting and recording• Reflect > Record > Review• Capturing the essence of insights andexperience
  8. 8. The haikuTwilightMidges cloud the airTheir frantic activityGetting them nowhere
  9. 9. The haikuTwilightMidges cloud the airTheir frantic activityGetting them nowhere•Strong image, simple language, two halves, can be smallsubject
  10. 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. 11. ExamplesProverbFifty years’ wisdom:in spring prepare the woodpileready for autumn
  12. 12. Kijo MurakamiFirst autumn morning:the mirror I stare intoshows my fathers face
  13. 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. 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. 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. 16. More wordshttp://changingmoment.blogspot.comThe Great Wave, Hokusai (1760-1849)
  17. 17. mlocock@gmail.com

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