Listen to the Kids….
Thanks again to Women in Science and Engineering who invited me to present at their 2013 conference Imagine, Innovate, Inspire held at the University of Toronto this weekend. My 90-minute interactive keynote: Language to Leverage Creativity: Prepare to Nuance your Networking was fashioned so participants would:
- learn something new that would help them get to know their creativity (so they could use it to support innovation)
- network with new people
- have fun.
Accomplished? From the feedback: yes, yes, and yes.
(After each experience I reflect on questions such as what surprises me, what’s great, what’s next, etc.)
For this keynote what surprises me is that these how to’s remain teachable.
- access imagination
- get new ideas easily
- receive others’ new thinking
- use specific questions that invite collaboration
It’s great to be reminded that people feel:
- relieved and encouraged knowing they don’t have to be creative to do creative things.
- inspired and supported using positive interacting skills that build on their strengths.
Think there’s room for this kind of behaviour in work scenarios? Wouldn’t it be nice, eh? How to, too.
Taking it further
Inspired by the group I was reminded of this poem. Even though one might think creativity is a magic wand, and people always appreciate it, it’s important to remember there’s effort involved and all does not necessarily fall gently, neatly and easily into place. It’s best to be ready for that moving forward.
For the young who want to
By Marge Piercy
Marge Piercy, “For the young who want to” from Circles on the Water: Selected Poems of Marge Piercy (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982). First appeared in Mother Jones V, no. 4 (May 1980). Copyright © 1980, 1982 by Marge Piercy and Middlemarsh, Inc. Used by permission of the Wallace Literary Agency, Inc.
Let me know if you’d like a keynote like this one to vitalize your next conference.
Creativity = New ideas, New decisions, New actions
©2013 Marci Segal, MS, Creativity and Change Leadership; Freeing leaders thinking so they can create new futures.