Most people think of creativity as being something to do with art, literature or music. But without creativity, business today wouldn’t exist.
You can call it innovation, ingenuity, talent or even vision. Regardless, one of the most prized traits in business is an individual’s creativity. Think of any successful business entrepreneur and you’d be hard pushed to find one without personal characteristics that, collectively, would be interpreted as creativity. Creativity means coming up with a new idea, or a new approach to an old idea. It’s having the guts to “think different.”
Many individuals that we associate with being creative were not seen as such:
- Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read.
- Walt Disney was fired from his job at a newspaper because he had “no good ideas.”
- Louis Pasteur was rated ‘mediocre’ in chemistry when he attended the Royal College.
- Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard, Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed, Michael Dell dropped out of University of Texas, and Larry Ellison dropped out of University of Chicago.
So if creativity is held in such high regard today, then why do the world’s education systems place such low importance on it?
Sir Ken Robinson is a former university professor who now speaks on the value of creativity within education. His latest book, The Element, argues that the education system in its current form actually exorcises creativity from children and ill-prepares our kids for the reality of today’s business world.
I’m a big fan of Sir Ken. Not only due to the fact I agree with his thoughts on education, but also because I think that he one of the most impressive live presenters I have ever seen.
Here’s a link to his talk a few years ago at the TED conference. It’s about 15 minutes long, but I strongly urge you to take the time to watch a master at work. Whether you agree with him or not, you cannot but failed to be impressed at his presenting skills. No PowerPoint, no Keynote. Just Sir Ken.
Here’s someone who understands how to communicate his business value more than most.
Sit back and watch a master at work.