You never know where business is going to take you. You always hope that things are going to get better and that problems will not be difficult but they don’t always turn out that way.
In a strange twist of events, the business world and the artistic world are forming some bonds. It appears that business wants more information about how to be creative and the artistic world wants more respect and expression of ideas. Of course, it isn’t that simple. Now that I have your attention, it’s time to share with you an interview that I received recently as a podcast from the Creative Leadership Forum blog. The podcast is from a recent TV interview on the ABC in Australia. I didn’t see this interview but I do watch a fair amount of ABC since it is the government sponsored channel and tends to have the most thought provoking shows (along with SBS). The interview makes many interesting points about bringing more creativity into the business world. I’ll make some quick summary points from what I remember:
- Business people tend to fear making mistakes which makes it harder to be creative and take chances
- Businesses tend to be focused on results instead of the process of creating something new
- Artists focus on the process of creation more than the desired end result
- Improvisation is key to adjusting to different environments quickly
- Allowing creativity to happen is largely based on letting go of old ways
- Outsiders are more likely to capture the essence of the company story because employees feel free to talk
- Ideas are becoming more important for trade than the actual end results in a post industrial era
That’s really just a personal perspective on the interview. Here’s the link to the interview so you can make up your own mind.
Ralph Kerle, CEO the Creative Laedership Forum joined Elisabeth Ann MacGregor, Executive Director, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Simon Longhurst CEO, the St James Ethic Centre, Sydney on a recent ABC Evening Show compered byJames O’Loughlin Evening Show, ABC, Sydney on the topic of Creativity and Business
I respect this venture. Anything that uses more of the potential of the mind is obviously a great thing. It is also amusing that artists and business people actually are learning to like and respect each other. They have always needed each other but they just haven’t gotten to the point where they like to admit it.
That’s easy. We all need each other. Very few people are truly islands to themselves. We might be a bit lost, but at least we are lost together. It brings a bit of light to what would otherwise be a fairly dark experience.
On a lighter note, it’s very wise to just remember to have fun. It’s easy to get wrapped up in problems and predict ugly futures. It’s that much more difficult to realize that it is a miracle just to be alive and that so many things are positive. Family, friends, and more than enough time to ponder such things. A paradox is that it is often the poorest of people that are also the happiest. They don’t appear to have much but really they have everything they need. Why aren’t we that happy?
Bliss is better.