Todd Henry just posted his TEDx talkon his blog outlining the five areas we need to monitor in order to remain prolific, brilliant and healthy as creatives. Great talk. Check it out.
Archives For creativity
Right now some of those problems are:
- How do we create a compelling environment for older elementary in a preschool space? (We use a daycare center for Children’s space.) How do we do this portably? (We also load in and out each Sunday.)
- How do we engage 5th graders when our groups are too small to divide them from the younger kids?
- How do we create consistent relationships with a rotation of small group leaders?
Leaders are in the business of solving problems. In fact, if there weren’t any problems there probably wouldn’t be a need for any leaders. But as a leader, ever feel like there are more problems than solutions? Or that your reservoir of solutions is pretty much depleted?
According to Todd Henry (author of Accidental Creative)—our ability to solve problems are tied to managing five things:
- Focus: Identifying what’s critical and eliminating distractions
- Relationships: Working with others who understand the problem and committed to finding solutions. We are truly better together.
- Energy: Managing the things that deplete our energy
- Stimuli: Exposing ourselves to a variety of sources of information. You never know where a solution could come from, but it helps to have a plan.
- Hours: Scheduling time to focus on solutions. Placing yourself in the path of a solution, rather than just waiting for a solution to drive by.
Your ability to create new solutions to existing problems is “largely influenced by your depth and breadth of knowledge in diverse domains of expertise.” (Todd Henry, Accidental Creative).
Our problems often demand taking the various things we have and combining them in new ways. Some call this creativity, I like to call it resourcefulness. It’s using what you have to get the job done. We do that by bringing all of the relevant information that we have at the moment to bear on whatever issue we are dealing with at the time.
A great way of ensuring that you get the job done is to constantly be adding to what you have to get the job done. Todd Henry recommends keeping a stimulus queue. Part of that is a reading plan. Here’s mine.
What do you do to ensure you have what you need to get the job done?