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In these turbulent times of working from home during lockdown, Seth Godin's words take on a fresh resonance for me.
He says that Creativity and Leadership are related (yes, upper case):
Management isn’t. Management uses power and authority to get people to do tasks you know can be done. Management is needed, but management is insufficient.
Leadership is voluntary. It’s voluntary to lead and it’s voluntary to follow. If you’re insisting, then you’re managing…
And creativity is the magical human act of doing something that might not work. If you know it’s going to work–then it’s management.
I love the challenge in those ideas and the element of risk in creativity.
An expression I often use in challenging situations when we are short of solutions is to say to my team: Hey! We're teachers! We're creative people! We can lick this!
Good things can come from that kind of stance.