Monthly Archives: mars 2014

island inspiration

Springtime Thirst for Creativity

Here in southern Sweden winter is loosening its grip.
Evening light has returned. Birdsong greets the early riser.

Spring is here. The year’s first quarter well advanced.

So, as nature transitions, some business leaders may take the cue: Steal a moment now and then. Stop and reflect on where things are heading so far this year.

Are developments on track… or is something missing?

Part of that thought experiment might include taking stock of the amount of creativity generated from R&D, sales and marketing.

Where are new ideas cropping up?

Are they well-nurtured?

And… just how much space does creativity get to take up? At work? At home?

Think about it.
When was the last time you felt you had a new “stroke of genius?” or maybe a new “take” on an old problem?

Jonah Lehrer’s book “Imagine – How Creativity Works” explores this topic very… well, creatively. He reminds us how fascinating our mind are – how new ideas grow from established connections. He illustrates societal developments that support free-thinking. He shows how our willingness to take risks when our ideas fall “outside the box” encourages creativity.

And then I recently read about a “creative islander.”

A well-known Swedish “Creativity Author and Speaker” seems to have taken the promotion of creativity to a very practical level. Fredrik Härén travels all over the world to inspire organizations to focus on the importance of this extraordinary mental capacity we all have.

He even offers people the chance to get away, do nothing, be creative.

As the owner of a few idyllic settings – three islands to be exact, he welcomes creative thinkers to apply to spend time on one of them, free-of-charge.

Unbelievable? Take a look at:

Is this sort of creative adventure for you?

Maybe just picturing yourself relaxing in an island paradise, is enough.

So, take a break, let your mind wander freely awhile. Great ideas may only be a thought –or an island– away.