History is littered with creative, innovative thinkers who were ahead of their time. Sadly, in so many cases their creative contributions are only recognised posthumously. The more well-known of these cases are with artists, Van Gogh as a most tragic story. Creativity as a concept is associated more with the arts than with other advances in humanity. However creativity at its essence is a different way of thinking. It is an ability to take a ‘problem’ or limitation’ (efficiency within our organisations for example) and project to a future state and develop a new way of ‘doing’ that eradicates the problem. That in an of itself is one part of the process. Creators also connect the dots from that future state back to the current state and devise a process to bring those for whom the problem exists, towards the future state solving the problem.
This is where it gets tough.
Creating solutions is the job of creative thinkers, however the implementing and achievement of resolution of the problem, is the job of creative adopters.
We have a gross shortage of enabled creative adopters currently. The world is ‘screaming out’ for these people to step up. Why are they not stepping up?
Fear of getting it wrong, fear of perceived consequences, fear of losing face with their peers, fear of the shareholders reactions, fear of it impacting their careers and the list goes on. At such a time in history where relentless change is hurled at us on seemingly a daily basis – never before has the need for ‘creative adopters’ in our organisations to step up, been more urgent.
What we need are fearless leaders who find the ‘creative adopters’ within their organisations, every organisation has them. They must be enabled to do what comes naturally to them, implementing new better ways of doing things. These fearless leaders need to support their creative adopters with a team of ‘domestiques’ who will rally around them and not allow others to ‘finger point’ if at first they don’t succeed – ‘failure is a whole other post’. Seriously – how did we get to the point of ‘mistakes’ are a capital offense in our organisations????
Poignantly – the Tour de France is a great lesson to us. The GC (winners) potentials are the creative thinkers – they cannot win this race without their ‘domestiques’ creative adopters – PERIOD. Once again sport gives us a road map for creating success.
I was born a creative thinker (99% on the creative index) just as people are born artists, and solutions come to me like a prolific artist. However, these solutions are completely useless without ‘creative adopters’. I meet them all the time and have a list as long of my arm of all these extraordinary people who are currently constrained and champing at the bit to be what they were born to be – creative adopters.
Creative adopters are INFINITELY more important than the creative thinkers – the yang does not exist without the yin. Our organisations will become efficient and keep evolving in synchrony with the changes in the market when we enable our ‘creative adopters’
Ironically the fears preventing enabling ‘creative adopters’ to produce their magic are exacerbated by Busy Brain Syndrome which locks our minds into negative – imagine the gear shift in a car, BBS locks us into Park – our creative adopters are in PARK – going nowhere.