Inside Business: Managers told to get doodling
Sunday 11 August 1996
Yet the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina, wants them to do just that. "At least for a little while," say the organisation's David Horth and Charles Palus, they should doodle with the artist's pencil or the poet's pen in order to "learn how to tap into creative skills that too often lie dormant".
The business world they write, in the latest issue of Strategy & Business magazine, produced by Booz Allen & Hamilton, the management consultancy, "demands leadership that is creative and contagious, capable of inspiring and sustaining creativity throughout an organisation". The problem, they add, is that training in the management of innovation has been an afterthought or confined to executives working in research and development, the area that is often seen as creativity's only home.
They claim that getting executives to draw and to create and interpret poems, stories, music, collages and dreams helps them explore their own situations and see the problems they are confronting in a more rounded way.
For example, they worked with a team that was seeking to deal with a long-standing product problem in a manufacturing operation. The team was composed of key managers from a variety of functions and they were tackling it as if it were purely technical. The centre's approach helped them to "see how the problem was ingrained in the culture and politics of the company". It turned out that throughout the organisation fear and anxiety about potential upheavals were getting in the way of finding a solution. Once the team appreciated the complexities it was able to come up with a more comprehensive and effective approach.
In getting there the staff at the centre had helped participants develop "R-mode thinking", more commonly known as right-brain thinking, where the intuitive and imaginative skills lie. The idea is to provide more of a counterbalance to well-developed L-mode, or left-brain, thinking, where the analytical and associated skills are.
World's most lethal spider found under a bunch of bananas
Rumours that the star wants to move on to pastures new
Comedian says he 'never laughed as hard as I have writing with Rik'
- 2 Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
- 3 Star Wars memorabilia called a 'bit of plastic' by Antiques Roadshow's Fiona Bruce valued at £50,000
- 4 Meet Thea, Norway's 12-year-old child bride
Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: Olympic star must serve 10 years, prosecutor urges
Isis fighters 'crucify' 17-year-old boy in Syria
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Oscar Pistorius sentence: Athlete's wealth and notoriety provoke an overdue debate on South African prisons
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
iJobs Money & Business
£60,000 - £80,000: Saxton Leigh: Our client is an leading Asset Manager based...
£27000 - £32000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our large charity ...
£50000 - £55000 per annum + bonus + benefits: Ashdown Group: IT Relationship M...
Highly Attractive Salary : Austen Lloyd: NOTTINGHAM - BRILLIANT FIRM - You wil...