“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ― Pablo Picasso
As children we explored and created, working in all mediums (e.g., crayons, paints, pencils, paper cutouts, etc.) before we even mastered our native language. Some of us even created some good art that got exhibited on refrigerator doors. Then we learned our native languages and asked a lot of questions. Why this? Why that? Are we there yet? Some of us even performed for our family/friends – we sang songs, danced, performed skits, etc. Then we messed up and lied; a form of imaginative story-telling!
What happened after our formative creative years? We went to school, competed for grades so we could get into the best academic institutions at all levels. Outside of the few that continued to be creative (e.g., writers, artists, musicians, etc.), our grades were predicated on right or wrong answers. If we answered enough questions right, we landed top jobs in top professions. To earn more money we had to perform within the guidelines of our chosen professions. Somewhere we abandoned the creative process of childhood.
The respective organizations for which we worked needed to always operate in the black. Consequently performance guidelines where established. Everyone was expected to perform within the guidelines. Employees were not rewarded to be creative. Existing organizations lost their innovative spark!
Innovation will drive future sustainable business models. Help your organization innovate so it can evolve into a true market leader. Release the child in you!