I’m intrigued by the idea of creativity. Creative and innovation are the best and most widely available resources we have at our disposal. It’s free. It’s not limited in accessibility. It’s open 24 hours a day. I am constantly challenging myself and my students to look for creative solutions to problems.
And yet, one of the paradoxes of creativity and innovation is – it’s often best found in a setting of constraints.
Have you ever worked with someone who was “retired but on active duty?”
How about the person who’s “quit but still at their desk.”
I remember one co-worker basically stating he was “counting the days until retirement. Until then, I’m here to collect my paycheck.” He would take extra long lunch breaks, never finish projects, or help out because he knew the bare minimum he could get done without being fired.
Talk about a downer. Who would ever want to work with someone like that? Continue reading