It’s Always Time for Creativity!

By Guest Blogger, Kathy Pennell Cooperman of KC Leadership Consulting LLC

It's Always Time For Creativity!This time of year, I’m personally inspired by all the hype about “back to school”. I have fond memories of shopping for school supplies to start a brand new school year. My favorite memory about “back to school” was purchasing that 64-count, built-in sharpener Crayola crayons box. Just the thought of it makes me want to create something brand new.

How would you rate your own level of creativity in your current role . . . or even in life, overall? It’s easy to fall victim to the old “that’s not the way we do things around here” syndrome.

Test yourself on the following creativity quizzes (no peeking at the answers before giving it a try):

  1. Plant 10 trees in 5 rows with 4 trees per row.
    1. Use a dot to represent one tree
    2. The rows must be straight
  2. Brainstorm for one minute:
    1. Make a list of as many uses for a brick as you can think of. 

Answer to quiz #1: 

A 5-­‐pointed star with dots at every point and every intersection. 

Answer to quiz #2:

  1. How many did you get?
  2. Now go back and see if you had not only a large quantity of ideas but also a lot of different uses for the brick such as:
    1. Building a wall
    2. Art decoration
    3. A weapon
    4. Place in the tank of toilet to conserve water
    5. Weight-­‐lifting
    6. Paper weight
    7. Door stop
    8. Crushed, use it for art supplies
    9. Etc., etc. 

You’re close to a genius (slight hyperbole) if you listed a large number of ideas PLUS a variety of different uses (not all building, for example). 

In the next week, challenge yourself to see things differently.  A great book to learn more about thinking creatively is Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-­Thinking Techniques. Have fun with it!

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About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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