HAVING FUN AT WORK LEADS TO INNOVATION
In my book, Celebrate the Messengers, Don’t Shoot Them, I give concrete examples of how the environment in the workplace is critical to desired outcomes. For example, in 1995 when I assumed directorship of a Career Services department within a State University, I transformed the once low engagement department into a fully engaged high performance team of committed professionals. Fun was most definitely the by-product of those efforts!
When I arrived, the staff was not having fun nor were they engaged with each other or the challenges the office faced. I quickly changed the environment from a formal setting to a relaxed and often playful setting where each day we came together to check-in with each other on a personal level, share stories and experiences. These close connections and shared laughter and experiences feed creativity in the workplace and allow employees to be their authentic selves. No one should feel the need to leave their ‘real’ self at their own back door. (READ MORE)
“WHAT ART HAS TO DO WITH PROBLEM SOLVING” - IDEAS Network - December 10, 2013
IDEAS Network held their December 10, 2013 event at The Venue Fine Art & Gifts. This was a new way to celebrate the holidays. A group of four artists were invited to present on the creative thinking techniques they use when creating new works. Ladi Terry facilitated and encouraged each artist to expand the conversation by providing more details and she helped make connections, in particular, to how these same techniques could be used in solving everyday problems. It was an integrated dialog combining creative thinking and problem solving techniques that not only appealed to budding artist but also to anyone facing challenges.(READ MORE)
SUMMARY OF JEFF NELSEN'S "FEARLESS PERFORMANCE" PRESENTATION
Creative Indiana spent much of 2013 shining a light on creativity and innovation in Bloomington, so you can imagine our excitement to find yet another innovation-minded organization. Coltrain Group, LLC is an organization that plans event and training opportunities to help local businesses with strategic planning, collaboration, and communication with the goal of improving company culture and innovation. Last month, Coltrain Group along with Leadership Bloomington, hosted a ‘Lunch & Learn’ event at the public library with guest speaker, professor, hornist, and magician Jeff Nelsen. His interactive talk “Fearless Performance” left nearly every attendee feeling inspired and ready to tackle challenges with a new set of tools and perspectives. (READ MORE)
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