Interesting question: is the intent of our education programs to produce workers or creatives?
The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
Leonardo da Vinci is recognized as one of the greatest geniuses of all time. He excelled in many areas such as the creation of the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and other classic works. Besides art, Leonardo was an architect, mathematician, philosopher, and military planner. In How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Michael Gelb reviews and explains Leonardo's notebooks, inventions, and works of art. He introduces readers to the Seven da Vincian Principles, essential elements of genius that can be developed. The book is a collection of illustrations, passages and exercises designed to stimulate anyone's awareness of their own creativity.
A report of a study challenging these myths about workplace creativity:
- Creativity Comes From Creative Types
- Money Is a Creativity Motivator
- Time Pressure Fuels Creativity
- Fear Forces Breakthroughs
- Competition Beats Collaboration
- A Streamlined Organization Is a Creative Organization
Bill Breen, "The Six Myths of Creativity," Fast Company, 89 (December 2004), p. 75.
These days, there’s hardly a mission statement that doesn’t herald it, or a CEO who doesn’t laud it. And yet despite all of the attention that business creativity has won over the past few years, maddeningly little is known about day-to-day innovation in the workplace. Where do breakthrough ideas come from? What kind of work environment allows them to flourish? What can leaders do to sustain the stimulants to creativity — and break through the barriers?