Creativity lies at the heart of change

by | October 2018


Creativity takes courage

Henri Matisse

I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking

Albert Einstein

Creativity lies at the heart of change. If there is something in your life that you really want to change, it requires more than just moving the pieces around. It necessitates creating something new.

Your starting point is where you are. The possibilities of what you create from that place are limitless. And, as the authors of the above quotes say, that sort of creative change requires courage and emotional engagement.

Take the leap!



Do something different today. It might be you usually walk down a particular street to the bus stop. Walk down a different one. Perhaps you always get your lunch from the same place. Go somewhere else. Whatever it is that you do differently, notice and appreciate the difference.

Create something. It might be a paper aeroplane, a new twist on hide and seek with your 6 year old, a variation on a recipe, writing a LinkedIn article, a short story, a new idea at work. No matter how small or how big, have a go at creating something!



Tales of creativity and play.
A great talk by Tim Brown, the CEO of the global design company Ideo. He encourages us to free ourselves up to play like kids – without judgement and embarrassment. This allows for greater openness to new ideas, learning, and creativity. He says we can both be serious in our work, and play.

Four Lessons in Creativity:
Radio producer, author, and interviewer, Julie Burstein, talks about what she has learnt about creativity. She says she has realised creativity is a balance between what can be controlled and what needs to be let go. It grows out of everyday experiences, including embracing adversity and pushing up against limits. It also, as Tim Brown advocates in the talk above, includes play.

The surprising habits of original thinkers.
Adam Grant, an organisational psychologist, sets out what original thinkers have in common – and they are traits we all have, but many of us try to eradicate. They procrastinate, they feel fear and doubt, and they generate lots of bad ideas. Through procrastination (but not too much) they give themselves time to make unexpected leaps of thinking; through fear and doubt they fear not putting forward their idea and they keep wanting to improve; through generating lots of ideas, some bad, there is more likelihood of creating a really good one. And they realise while they might sometimes have bad ideas, that doesn’t mean they themselves are not good at what they do.


Why Your Best Ideas Come When You Least Expect It.
Research into our circadian rhythms – our daily ups and down in physiology and psychology - shows the surprising result that we are at our most creative when we are least alert.

As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity.
As we create more and more structure in our children’s lives, so their creativity declines. Something to consider as you drive your child off to their next activity.

Help Employees Innovate by Giving Them the Right Challenge.
From Harvard Business Review, this article looks at the importance of finding the right kind of challenge to build business innovation.