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Spark Mystery and Curiosity


I am reading a wonderful book called “Unthink” that is part of the curriculum for our LeadFORWARD program. The Emergent LeadFORWARD program is a year-long program for high-level leaders in organizations in Central New York.

“Unthink” – like its title implies – reminds us not to just do the same things over and over again, hoping for a different result. I recently heard an analogy of how we humans can look like ants, just running into each other and banging into things; the book counters this idea of the anthill by suggesting that our true genius comes from creating unique opportunities for our organizations. While logic is good and necessary at times in business, we all crave – and our businesses crave – the creative ideas that come from our work. Who does not love the feeling of “figuring” something out or coming up with a better or more efficient way to do something?

This book looks at ways to create space to get out of our rut, and more importantly to revisit our habitual thinking that everything should follow a certain set of rules or guidelines. It teaches the reader to focus on spontaneity and creative moments, and play it outside the lines (notice, however, that I did not say break the rules!)

Children are the best examples of ways to be more creative. They are not held back by trying to make time for creativity; they simply create, and enjoy the time spent being creative. Where could you be more creative, and where could you create curiosity in your work? Be open to your creative intuition this week.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
– Albert Einstein

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