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“The Accidental Creative” is about anyone who uses their mind to solve problems, create things, or innovate in their day to day work. So many leaders are creatives as they develop strategies, innovate new methodologies/processes, and design new inventions.
This first blog post on this book focuses on the creative blocks or how being creative every single day can be so challenging. Todd Henry, the author, says that many things get in the way of creativity - not taking care of yourself, overworking yourself, not having enough structure, and not having a rhythm.
Creatives always seem to need to focus on the balance between possibility and pragmatism by balancing taking big risks, focusing on what they truly want instead of what is safe in the short term. This can lead to impacts to their creativity.
This leads to the following side effects of not maximizing our creativity:
All of this leads to dissonance or things just not adding up for a creative mind. All of this saps the creative’s energy leading to unfulfilled goals and desires.
What is sapping your energy right now? Are you stuck in doing work that is more pragmatic than possible? Do you have unclear objectives of what you really want to achieve this year? Are you stuck in fear of failure or fear of success to truly go after what you desire?
Next week’s post will focus on tools you can use to get out your creative rut as a leader.
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.