The carrot, the funnel, and the saxophone mouthpiece…

I love discovering new ways of thinking –  exploring concepts like a child scrambling over rock pools, searching for new creatures to discover. And in my experience, it's the simplest ways of thinking that stick. They have the most power and punch, somehow, perhaps because there's no distraction. No gilding on the lilly.

Today I'm sharing a video that's stuck with me since mid-November, with a very simple premise behind it:

Creativity = putting together two previously unrelated things (could be objects or ideas), and creating something new.

I hadn't come across that definition before… A new creature!

I discovered it at a family celebration for my Dad's 70th birthday last month. We'd gathered in the lounge after a bitingly cold walk out in the November countryside; the kids were getting antsy, running low on energy at the end of a long day, and my Dad switched on the TV and streamed a TEDx Sydney talk that he'd watched a few weeks prior.

Take a look:

Linsey Pollak turns a carrot into a clarinet using an electic drill a carrot and a saxophone mouthpiece, and plays it all in a matter of 5 minutes. Linsey Pollak is an Australian musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator.

Here's what got me hooked

My Dad is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent, lecturing in Anthropology; he's a talented academic, and so my assumption, as the video clip started streaming, was that it was going to go completely over the heads of the children he was screening it for.

I couldn't have been more wrong.  Each of them was enthralled, including my three year old son, who laughed when the audience laughed, and was glued to the screen from start to finish. No small accomplishment!

They totally 'got' the simplicity of Linsey Pollak's message about creativity, and we were then hooked on finding more fascinating TEDx talks to entertain the room – like this one that teaches you to draw cartoons in 15 minutes: https://youtu.be/7TXEZ4tP06c. 

Keeping it simple

We can all be guilty of over complicating things, in all manner of contexts; and that tendency can squash the creativity out of business. Often, we even seek out complexity to keep the adrenaline going and make sure we feel challenged enough. I've seen it in the clients I coach – senior, smart-thinking people, who nonetheless get overwhelmed and end up feeling they're lacking in creativity when everything is complex.

It's why I trained as a coach, to help you cut through the maze, navigate your talents, and zero in on the things that are really important to you. Helping you find your simple truths, definitions, and messages brings you the focus you need to excel in your business. 

Over to you

Could you use some clarity when the New Year rolls in? Perhaps as a kick-start for your 2016 career direction? Or as a way to refocus your mind on the most important business or team goals for the year ahead?

No need to overcomplicate this one. Simply book a one-to-one Clarity Session for January: an hour of uninterrupted time with an experienced coach, to step back and look at where you are, and where you're going. Read more about it and book your spot here.

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