Sir Ken Robinson is one of the world’s leading educators. He is the author of The Element - how finding your passion changes everything, a must read book in my view.
In many of his speeches Robinson (he is a must see and hear speaker) says we don’t just have a natural resources crisis, we also have a human resources crisis. He also says imagination is the most distinctive feature of human nature.
One of the reasons we do indeed have a human resources crisis is that our workplaces are often not the kind of places where imagination is allowed to thrive. We seem to have a focus on knowledge and have ignored Einstein’s famous edict: Imagination is more important than knowledge.
When imagination is allowed to flourish, inspiration follows, as does insight and then ideas. An idea successfully implemented is innovation, particularly if the implementation changes what’s normal.
If you aren’t really innovating in your business, and you must if you want to thrive, it is likely that imagination is not being allowed to flourish.
How we solve problems and meet our challenges is a great way to ensure imagination is alive and well.
A typical scenario is this: We recognise a problem, and solve it. What has happened 9 times out of 10 is that what we have done is reinstated the status quo and haven’t really removed the cause of the problem in the first place!
Every problem and challenge we have is a gift, for it is an opportunity for innovation, to change what’s normal.
Please look at all your problems and challenges with new eyes. See them as opportunities to let your imagination run wild.
Let your imagination loose.
Encourage everyone around you to do the same.
You will have opened the door to inspiration, insight and ideas, the essentials that precede authentic innovation.
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