Ray Bradbury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From BrainPickings written by Maria Popova
“That’s the great secret of creativity,” Ray Bradbury famously proclaimed. “You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.”
“Books are smart and brilliant and wise. Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”
To see a video conversation with Bradbury and the importance of reading and to read more go here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/03/09/ray-bradbury-on-doing-what-you-love/ (Accessed 02/05/2012).
Article from Wired Magazine – great ideas by Jonah Lehrer – This article was taken from the May 2012 issue of Wired magazine.
“According to a recent survey of 1,500 chief executives from all over the world, the most important skill they seek in employees is creativity. New ideas, after all, are the ultimate source of economic growth.
But this only raises the question: how can we generate more creativity? How can we inspire people to have more new ideas? If we designed a workplace that was all about maximising innovation, then what would that workplace look like? What follows is a short list of scientifically tested ideas that can boost the imagination, transforming the typical office into a wellspring of creativity.”
Go here to read more: http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/05/features/the-new-rules-of-creativity
I find the focus on empathy very important and not used enough. I am sharing this post with you by Brendan Coram in the hope that it will be of use in your everyday interactions and working life. Follow the link below to read the full article.
“Sometimes, it takes more than just thinking about somebody else’s point of view. We actually have to empathise with them for true understanding. There are various ways of considering other people’s point of view in the process of creative problem solving: Six Value Medals provides a simple framework for systematically considering different perspectives of value… TERMS provides a useful mnemonic for considering different perspectives on the customer experience from time to situation…” For other ideas follow the link below.
“But there is a missing element in all of these approaches. Empathy… To be able to really connect with the world from someone else’s perspective we need empathy. We need more than just a logical understanding, we need to connect with their emotional response, because without it we really don’t care. Empathy is what we use to feel what others are feeling, and understand what matters to them.”
For examples follow the link below. “Others have written more eloquently about empathy than me. You can read about empathy with Skillful Minds at: http://skilfulminds.com/
and Ashoka at http://www.ashoka.org/ .”
Some key points in developing empathy are: Identification, Building Bridges, Listening... “Six Empathy Hats Edward de Bono’s six thinking hats is an excellent tool for systematically exploring a problem from multiple perspectives, and a framework for creative response. But it can be a little ‘me’ focused if you aren’t paying attention.”
Read more here: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/3z5wqF/www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2012/04/12/six-hats-empathy-or-thinking/ (accessed 14/04/2012). Image credit: rocketpowered.co.uk at link above.
- Six Thinking Hats of Edward De Bono (oisebristol.me)
- emotional Intelligence (hyattractions.wordpress.com)
- Six Thinking Hats (successinhr.wordpress.com)