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Thinking creatively and thinking bigger July 17 2018

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Presentation to Future Females: Berlin, discussing and experiencing how to be more creative both personally and professionally.

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Thinking creatively and thinking bigger July 17 2018

  1. 1. Future Females Berlin: Thinking creatively & thinking bigger Stephanie Barnes July 17, 2018
  2. 2. Activity #1: The answer is always “yes” 2 Form pairs: one interviewer, one interviewee Interviewers: ask yes/no questions that would be hard to answer with just a yes. Example: “Is it true that you are the offspring of Elvis Presley and a space alien?” Interviewees: answer with, “yes, ……”, whole-heartedly embracing the concept/question. Example: “Yes, and I’d love to take you all for a ride on my blue suede spaceship.” or another possibility: “Yes, and you’d be amazed at how the people on mom’s home planet respond when I sing there.” Ask one question then switch roles After each person has played each role, switch partners © Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  3. 3. Debrief: the answer is always “yes” Did you find it easier to be the interviewer or interviewee? What did you discover in answering “yes” to questions you didn’t agree with? How easy was it for you to divorce yourself from more familiar realities and invent new ones? © Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  4. 4. Who am I? • BBA in accounting, MBA in IT • 25+ years experience in finance, accounting, IT and process consulting, knowledge management, creativity, and innovation • Artist: started my creativity practice in 2001, painting in 2011 • Dual Canadian - UK citizen, living in Berlin • Wrote a chapter on this material that was recently published in the book http://www.johngirard.net/kmmatters/ • My superpower: using both sides of my brain 4© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  5. 5. Who is here? © Stephanie Barnes, 2018 5 •Small organisation (2-100) •Medium organisation (101-1000) •Large organisation (1001- ?) “Regular” full-time employees? Founders? Solopreneur/freelancer? Entrepreneur? Start-up? •Less than 10 years? •More than 10 years? Time in the workforce?
  6. 6. Why are you here tonight? Are you nervous? Curious? Excited? 6 © Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  7. 7. Definition and context for tonight’s activities © Stephanie Barnes, 2018 7 Organisation: an organized group of people with a particular purpose, e.g. company, partnership, NGO, not-for- profit, government/ governmental department, start-up These ideas concerning creativity are applicable regardless of size or type of organisation. They are as applicable for solopreneurs as they are for start-ups and large international companies
  8. 8. Why do you think creativity is important? 8 © Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  9. 9. Left Brain, Right Brain 9© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  10. 10. Current Research (1/3) Engaging (producing or consuming) in the arts for therapeutic reasons is often recommended by professionals, but spending at least two hours a week doing so of your own accord, and for your own enjoyment, will also contribute to positive mental health1 1 Davies, Christina, et al. “The art of being mentally healthy: a study to quantify the relationship between recreational arts engagement and mental well-being in the general population” accessed June 29, 2016 at 6:10pm CET, http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889- 015-2672-7
  11. 11. Current Research (2/3) On psychological tests of creativity: Only 5 percent of people 18 and older registered in the "creative" range? Among 17 year-olds, 10 percent scored "creative." But among 5 year olds, more than 90 percent demonstrated the creativity to suggest innovative ways of looking at situations and the ability to dream up new ideas. Slide: courtesy of Wayne Morris, http://www.future- edge.co.nz/index.html, data comes from: https://ideapod.com/born- creative-geniuses-education-system-dumbs-us-according-nasa-scientists/
  12. 12. Current Research (3/3) • Gender differences: • There is a consistent lack of gender differences both in creativity test scores and in the creative accomplishments of boys and girls • However, by adulthood, there is a marked difference, with men having more creative accomplishments than women • More research is needed to understand why the difference arises • Reference: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/238748750_Gender_Di fferences_in_Creativity?enrichId=rgreq- 7a441cb78f00cc90a546c73494896099- XXX&enrichSource=Y292ZXJQYWdlOzIzODc0ODc1MDtBUzo1NDc0 Nzc4NzU5MDQ1MTJAMTUwNzU0MDMwNTIyMA%3D%3D&el=1_ x_3&_esc=publicationCoverPdf
  13. 13. Companies who have embraced the link between business and creativity Xerox—Artist in Residence Program Equiva Services (support services JV company for Shell, Texaco, and Saudi Refining)—program to leverage creativity and high performance LexisNexis—Improv in Corporate Training and Development
  14. 14. Creativity: why promote it? © Stephanie Barnes, 2018 14 Leads to more rigorous and critical thinking Objectives are achieved more readily Increases motivation, deep concentration and engagement Improves relationships Develops the talent of the individual Develops skills for adult life – adaptability, coping with uncertainty, change, and resilience
  15. 15. Activity #2 • Scribble drawings— freeing up of the mind to think • Form groups of 6 +/- 15 © Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  16. 16. Debrief: Scribble Drawings © Stephanie Barnes, 2018 16
  17. 17. Activity #3 Drawing is energy 17© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  18. 18. Debrief: Drawing is energy © Stephanie Barnes, 2018 18
  19. 19. Artistic Attitude: What can we learn from artists? Picture from: https://canyonechoes.org/2979/showcase/cheap-art-supplies/ last checked June 25, 2018 19© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  20. 20. Artistic Attitude • Curiosity • Passion • Confidence • Resilience 20© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  21. 21. Artistic Practice: what is is? 21© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  22. 22. Artistic Practice • Perception • Reflection • Play • Performance 22© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  23. 23. Challenges we face, both organisationally and personally • Complexity • Acceleration • Uncertainty • Volatility 23© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  24. 24. (Desired) Results • Simplicity • Consciousness • Certainty • Strength 24© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  25. 25. But….if we apply our learnings from artists… 25© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  26. 26. • Variety • Purpose • Autonomy • Elasticity Creative Culture 26© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  27. 27. Age of Artists Framework 27© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  28. 28. Activity #4: Blind Drawing Pick a simple object, either something in the room, or something you have at home that you can picture in your minds eye Pick Close your eyes Close Draw the objectDraw © Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  29. 29. Debrief: Blind Drawing © Stephanie Barnes, 2018 29
  30. 30. How do we become more creative? 30© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  31. 31. 1. Ask questions 2. Challenge assumptions 3. Allow space for reflection 4. Allow space for creativity, e.g. creative bursts 5. Build empathy 6. Experiment In our organisations… 31© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  32. 32. In our lives… • Playing • Arts and Crafts • Exercising • Improvising • Getting enough sleep • Eating consciously • Drinking consciously • Meeting: • new people • conversation • Meditating • Making space • Doing something new/different 32 © Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  33. 33. What’s your creativity practice? 33© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  34. 34. Who do you know (organisation or individual) who could benefit from bringing more creativity to their activities? © Stephanie Barnes, 2018
  35. 35. Thank you Stephanie Barnes Entelechy www.realisation-of-potential.com stephanie@realisation-of-potential.com +49 179 854 8376 35© Stephanie Barnes, 2018
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