Some articles we write come easily and flow from mind to fingertips. Other times however, things are a tad more difficult. It was as I sat down to write today’s post that I found I was in need of a little inspiration. I found myself browsing the web, rereading things others have written and researching a few leads I had in the back of my mind.
It was at this point that I was struck by the resemblance of this process to that which I face regularly whilst sitting in the office. Being known as someone who is ‘creative’ and ‘comes up with ideas’ is both a help and a hindrance, and there have been many times when I’ve found myself in meetings merely to act as a catalyst for thought and discussion or been looked at with expectant expressions after a problem has been presented and a solution requested.
It can feel akin to being told to dance on demand, or demanding that a comedian makes someone else laugh. The expectation that because they are able to act in a certain way at certain times means they can switch it on or turn it off on demand is overwhelming, and can limit the creativity on offer. It also puts all onus for creativity or inspiration on a small number of people, taking the burden and expectation off of others to do so.
Often we need a little help to be creative and innovative, and it’s easy to turn to those people you know who fire out ideas (good or bad) like OK magazine throwing out scandals. But where else can we go for inspiration? What else is out there to inspire or guide us and to then support us to do things differently or approach a problem from a new angle? (more…)