Posted on June 19, 2013
Dear Cultivate & Create followers,
I’m sorry I’ve been absent!
I’ve spent the past week or two reassessing, rejuvenating and reinspiring. As the last post notes we’re also repositioning here at The Creativity Campus.
Part of this means marketing less, learning more and creating in our own lives to better inform our understanding of clients. That said I wanted to share with you some amazing developments.
We’ve begun one on-one-creativity coaching this week. This work, aimed at those who are struggling in some way to bring their best ideas to life, is incredibly fulfilling and interesting.
Though very flexible it currently entails a weekly meeting (in person or on the phone) with a client to discuss their work and their concerns. From there we offer support and strategies to help address the obstacles. These can come as routines, activities or simple conversations. The programs are custom fit to each client and their needs.
Right now I’m working primarily with writers and designers but this coaching is also intended for entrepreneurs, CEOs and professionals whose work is dependent on coming up with or presenting ideas.
It is also beneficial for those who are looking for stimulation or support when developing corporate strategies or workplace processes that call for innovation at a deep level. So much of this is about environment, staff programs and leadership so it often includes office visits and work with relevant staff members.
With this in mind I have spent the morning mentoring a new cohort of entrepreneurs at a local incubator. It was incredibly inspiring. The energy and openness of the founders was infectious and I feel very lucky to be working with such a great group of smart and ambitious people.
As part of this experience I spoke much about corporate culture and the importance of leadership and passion. When I got back to my office I opened one of my favourite blogs and read this article, 30 Lessons for Living.
It’s full of great points collected from thousands of interviews with “the wisest Americans”. So much resonated but the advice on work was particularly interesting.
Find Happiness at Work
One of the most striking points is what the thousand-plus experts didn’t say.
No one— not a single person out of a thousand— said that to be happy you should try to work as hard as you can to make money to buy the things you want.
No one— not a single person— said it’s important to be at least as wealthy as the people around you, and if you have more than they do it’s real success.
No one— not a single person— said you should choose your work based on your desired future earning power.
You need Interpersonal Skills
Their consensus: no matter how talented you are, no matter how brilliant— you must have interpersonal skills to succeed.
Everyone Needs Autonomy
Career satisfaction is often dependent on how much autonomy you have on the job. Look for the freedom to make decisions and move in directions that interest you, without too much control from the top.
So much of what matters when one looks at successful corporate culture is soft skills based. It’s not about firmly quantifiable metrics or dollar based CBAs. Culture is what makes employees love their work and want to stick around to make sure it’s delivered in the best possible way. It’s what helps them feel proud of their achievements and encourages them to band together as a team to address challenges when times get tough.
The best leaders recognize that amazing human capital is the most rare commodity and that holding on to it is difficult and important. They invest in professional development and recognize their employees are unique and human and have a range of needs and priorities that should be acknowledged.
I’m not suggesting that companies should spend willy nilly, handhold excessively or indulge unreasonable demands or poor attendance however it is often meeting the smallest requests (like flexible work hours) or instituting seemingly tiny sentimental incentives (acknowledgement for an imaginative idea, strong pitch or effective community building event) that fosters the greatest loyalty.
The advice above really reflects that. People want to love the company they work for, to enjoy their office and to feel ownership and pride in their work and the fact is – the CEO, company or founder is the first to reap the rewards if they do.
Thanks for subscribing and for being patient with our Campus as it grows. We love our work and helping our clients achieve their dreams.
Do get in touch with any questions, curiosity or feedback – we’d love to hear from you!
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Posted on May 9, 2013
When I think of events that celebrate comic books and the art that they represent I automatically think of adults dressed as Spiderman, Captain America or some obscure Anime character so when I discovered Toronto’s Comic Arts Festival I assumed it would be more of the same.
I was wrong! The free festival promotes the breadth and diversity of the comic genre and intends to bring the wider public in to that world. Thousands attend every year and festival venues include museums, libraries and theatres in the Annex. TCF is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary – check out its website for more details.
Also this weekend is “Discover Hidden Toronto” a scavenger hunt for adults held by Urban Capers that takes participants around downtown Toronto hitting venues like the ROM and University of Toronto. The hunt is historically focussed and question and answer based. It will be on Saturday May 11 only and takes two hours. Tickets are $30 per person and typical teams are two to six people.
For more details check the Urban Capers website.
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Posted on May 7, 2013
“What’s it like to be a baby? It’s like being in love in Paris for the first time after you’ve had three double espressos.”
In this wonderful talk psychologist Alison Gopnik reveals the findings of her work with babies and their learning patterns. Through her experiments she discovered that babies are the Research and Development arm of the human species, what she realized is that babies are actually involved in sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.
Her conclusion? Maybe, at least some of the time, we should be getting adults to start thinking more like children… Enjoy!
Category: Creativity, Education, Kids Programing, Life Skills, Personal Development, Professional Development, Summer Camp, Toronto Tagged: Alison Gopnik, babies, Canada, creative, Creativity, Decision making, education, Family, Gopnik, Home, human development, Infant, Learning, Paris, play, psychology, R&D, research, research and development, Ted, The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth Love and the Meaning of Life, the science of play, toronto, What do babies think?
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