Creativity abounds. Mathematicians can be creative.
My first degree is a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics. So needless to say, I’m trained to be logical and trust data. Can someone with that background be creative?
I say, yes!
My creativity is not the same as that of my friends who paint, dance or write poetry. However, I am expanding my creativity muscles. I have recently taken up photography (one of my photos is featured on this blog) which forces me to push my boundaries and try new things. I give myself permission not to be perfect when I take photos. Perfection is the death of creativity!
I also have been adding more creative processes when facilitating and coaching. Recently, I made a group solve problems using inspiration from magazine advertisements that were unrelated to their business.
One of my coaching clients is more self-aware than most people I know. With her I experiment with techniques that I have not tried previously.
Now that I am self-employed I have more freedom to learn or apply something that isn’t “mainstream.” To pump myself full of caffeine and classic rock for inspiration.
While there can be creativity in large organizations, they have to work harder to support it.
According to Psychology Today the workplace must undergo changes to support creativity. These recommended changes are:
So my creativity may not run to choreographing a pas de deux or painting a stunning landscape, but I am applying creativity in my life and work. And I’m excited about that!
Are you technically trained, like I am? Want some assistance in being more creative? Valerie.MacLeod@HainesCentre.com
Read the full article at The Art of Creativity