Human beings are creatures of habit. Routine is alluring. When we get up in the morning, most of us put our clothes on in the same order. We usually have the same thing for breakfast and the business day starts by answering emails.
Most of us like to be busy. A full diary makes us feel important. Conversely, an empty diary can be a worry. It is easy to keep our head down and keep on keeping on.
And then the economy and the market changes. New competitors arrive. New problems materialise out of thin air.
Past success is not a guarantee of future success. Have you found that technology has changed “the way that we do things around here”? The flood of information arising from the internet and the world wide web has transformed industries, careers and lives.
Automation, AI, driverless vehicles and Big Data are set to change your life. What should you do?
The answer is to keep learning.
“In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future.” ~ Eric Hoffer (1902 – 1983)
“The central task of education is to implant a will and a facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together. In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.” ~ Eric Hoffer
Specifically, the ability to generate new ideas and approaches will help you to adapt and thrive within an increasingly complex, interdependent world.
Understanding the creativity process is helpful in many ways. New ideas are required as circumstances change. This should be a personal, as well as an organisational, strategy.
On any given day, it is as if you are in a battle. There are countless demands on your time and energy. Within this whirlwind of activity, when is there time to be a ‘creative thinker’?
And yet, the world moves on, relentlessly, around you. If you are concerned about being left behind, if the challenges continue to mount up, if you know that the answers are out there – invest some time in your creativity skills.
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