When creativity becomes our greatest skill
Every now and then I go back and take another look at Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk ‘Do schools kill creativity?’ If you haven’t seen it it’s worth a watch. Not only is it very entertaining, it’s inspiring too. And it makes a very important point about nurturing creativity in children.
And for all of us thinking about the future of organisations and the future of work – its shape and scope given the tremendous forces of change we’re dealing with – nurturing creativity early is vital. As is maintaining that spirit of invention, innovation, ingenuity as the child becomes adult and enters the world of work.
Creativity will be one of the most critical capabilities in the new era of work. Why? Because it will allow each of us to respond and adapt to the unpredictable demands of the workplace, to fulfil roles and needs that don’t yet exist. Because it will allow us to approach problems as opportunities to embrace rather than obstacles to fear. Because it will allow us to flourish, creating vibrant organisations that contribute to a greater good.
Maybe we can’t affect education policy (though, of course, bigger organisations can decide to have that reach) so the skill here is to help our next generations in the workplace rediscover and reconnect with the imagination of their early years – before Mega Wars v2 (not available in the shops, I made it up) or some such game became their field of play.
That will require a more human, connected, engaging, heartful workplace where light-heartedness, play, curiosity and experimentation are valued and persistently encouraged. The best thing is we don’t have to wait. We can start the transformation now.