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Creativity & Innovation

When we 'begin with the end in play' we initiate productive, proven processes and behaviours that fuel creativity, innovation, intuition and results.

Creating space beyond competition

Creativity = 4 x competitiveness?

Research confirms that "... a company's choice of where to compete is almost four times more important than out-executing its competitors in its market."1

Why then the primary focus on sales training, and other competitive focuses when a focus on creativity, innovation and potentials would yield far greater growth?

Three key elements of creativity in contemporary business reality:

  1. Creativity and Innovation is not only crucial to getting “ahead of the pack” but also of simply “keeping up” in an increasingly interconnected, interactive global economy.
  2. Creativity is an inherent ability within all, and the exercising of ‘creativity’ is central to a sense of value and fulfilment (and thus the productivity) of employees.
  3. Innovation is a collaborative process that is highly dependent on the top-to-bottom cultural belief-system within an organisation.

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Creativity and consequences

[Excerpt of Be and Become, Chapter Two - copyright Stephen Pirie, 2008]

Sorting priorities

I have heard it said on numerous occasions that Benjamin Franklin would often deliberately drift off into sleep by holding a rock above a metal bucket, so that as soon as he nodded off he would drop the rock, wake and recall his creative intuitive thoughts.

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Creativity, Intuition and Quantum Mechanics

Creativity, Intuition and Quantum Mechanics (CIQM) is a short (20-30min) presentation given to business groups. It contains key concepts and materials provided in the Begin with the End In Play® program.

The presentation introduces the key principles of quantum theory, and how those principles relate to, and provide a basis for, intuition and creativity.

It reveals how and why we are severely limited by old-paradigm (reductionist) thinking dating back to Isaac Newton. Old-paradigm thinking is still the basis for the vast bulk of contemporary scientific, medical and business management attitudes and beliefs.

Quantum mechanics has revealed the potential for creativity and intuition spreads beyond whatever is reducible to logic, reason and fact: surprises and original ideas are available to those who learn the processes by which to expect and receive them.

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Lasso your future

"It doesn't pay to stay the same in a changing world."

Good business folk know the value of having S.M.A.R.T business goals and objectives (Specific, Measurable etc.), strong Project Management skills, and effective business systems.

Lasso your future

But few are aware of the real drivers to business success and change being due to the S.M.A.R.T.E.S.TTM business strategies and drivers.

There’s no point in ‘visualising’ and achieving your business goals only to find you or your team aren’t that excited or engaged in the business.

Can you imagine hearing “the worst thing about Fridays is having to wait two whole days to come back to work” and that it is genuinely meant? It is possible! What quality of life, both at work and at home do you want?

Many companies develop good systems, habits and routines that help them succeed, but those habits and ‘ways of doing things’ can become like freight-trains – really difficult to stop or change. We can easily forget just how much of our thinking and choices are based on past experience, knowledge, systems, and culture.

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Moving beyond a 2,450-year-old era

The Art and Science of Blinking

Around 2,450 years ago the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea was perhaps the first to methodically question a simple fact of life - how do we physically move, such as when blinking an eye, running, or simply falling down?

Culturally we are about to fall off a philosophical cliff. Fortunately, a safe landing in a far more compassionate, sane and exciting world awaits those who come to the edge with the understanding of how to fly.

His questions and arguments, which have become widely known as Zeno's Paradoxes, pointed to the seemingly logical impossibility of the everyday experience of physical movement.

His considerations have perplexed and troubled philosophers and scientists even since. Various assumptions that underpin our modern technologies and sciences were taken for granted. We take for granted that there is always a physical cause for every physical effect - as exemplified by scientists researching to find physical cures for disease, cancer and viruses; and to find the physical genes or brain cells responsible for thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and the experience of love, creativity and joy. 

Now, with the advances in the field of quantum physics, we know that a 2,450 year era is nearing its end .. an era in which it has been assumed that our physical brains, bodies and the entire physical universe is continuously existent. An era in which each part (atom, virus, cell, organ, person, planet) was assumed to be continuously existent and functional, with every part contributing to the running of, or dysfunction of, the machinery of life.

We stand at the edge of a grand new understanding of our universe, and ourselves. As Visa International founder Dee Hock foretells, a new era

is struggling to be born -- a shifting of culture, science, society, and institutions enormously greater than the world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility of the regeneration of individuality, liberty, community, and ethics such as the world has never known, and a harmony with nature, with one another, and with the divine intelligence such as the world has never dreamed."

 

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Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity and Innovation

An interesting and worthwhile interview with Sir Ken Robinson on the ABC's 7.30 Report with Kerry O'Brien.

Two parts to the interview.

Part 1 (transcript, mp4, wmv)

Sir Ken Robinson: 

"...people achieve their best when they firstly tune into their natural aptitudes - and lots of people I have interviewed aren't musicians, they're mathematicians, they're business leaders, they're teachers, they're broadcasters, you know, they've found this thing that they completely get. But the second thing is that they love it. And if you can find that - a talented and a passion - well that's to say you never work again. And it is true, I think, that our current education systems are simply not designed to help people do that. In fact an awful lot of people go through education and never discover anything they're good at at all."

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There is no script

[Copyright Belief Institute, Sydney 2008]

Personnel departments and consultancies almost invariably attempt to categorize and define people according to certain personality traits which are then matched to the requirements of a particular position. To some extent, definition of skills, competencies and character is important for effective placement of people. But present attempts to write more effective computer programs or questionnaires to help determine character are misguided.

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Why 'systemize your business'?

If you're seeking or wanting to

  • spend less time on the day-to-day running of your business,
  • sell your business,
  • improve employee morale, engagement and productivity,
  • have more fun at work, in a relaxed environment,
  • help employees "fire up" with creativity and enthusiasm,
  • sustainably increase efficiency, turnover and profit,
      or
  • simply take a holiday, free of worry about business performance and activity

then you will benefit greatly by 'systemising' your business so that it effectively runs itself.

The value of good business systems

Try this Quick Quiz, a quick litmus test  for any small business owner:

  1. The Barack Obama Time-out Test
    Are you able to take "big chunks of times during the day when all you're doing is thinking"1 about your business? Can we assume President Obama has good systems, and competent people able to take care of business while he's taking 'big chunks' of time to think about climate change, and the fate the human race?
  2. The Time-Away Test
    If you were unable to be contacted - no mobiles, emails, nothing! - for two to three weeks, would your business run as normal? Or would you need to be there, because you're "indispensable", micro-managing the business, having not yet systemised and delegated the day-to-day running of the business?

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