Do you empower your team to be creative? Do you believe that some people on your team swam perfect laps in the creative-gene pool and others swam in the “free-style” lane? Or, could you be closing the “break through” creativity lane, without realizing it?
We all know that successful businesses are run on structure, process and rules. We also know that the “big idea” can take business from steady to stupendous. It takes courage, trust, and a forward-thinking leader to open the free-style lane to his team.
The creative “day dreaming, freestyle” swimmers are often drowned out by the follow-every-rule teammates. As the team leader, you are the only one who can throw a life preserver to the drowning idea, and keep the freestyle lanes open
Many times, the idea is sidelined by the phrase, “We’ll revisit that one, it is a good idea.” But most often it treads water until it loses hope and drowns. If the “dominating” idea maker is allowed to always be the hero, the free-style idea person may lose motivation to prepare for the next meet.
We all have the ability to create, but some time in our past other past experience someone roped off the freestyle lane in which you could daydream and create wonder. Some of the greatest ideas of our time have been the result of a “feeling” a “wanting” a “daydream” that broke the rules. Open your minds to your own creativity and encourage others to take a risk on their dreams. I believe:
“The only bad idea is the one that you keep to yourself.”
According to howthingswork.com, Thomas Edison’s teacher described him as addled. His mother was his champion, believing in his quiet dreams and took him out of school and taught him at home. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard. Walt Disney dropped out of school at 16, forged his birth certificate, and went into the Red Cross. Richard Branson was a daydreamer and did so poorly at school that he quit at 16.
The point is – these people all have one thing in common, they saw the world differently. They daydreamed of better, different, or more exciting things. They took their ideas into the business world, and turned the perfect-lap swimmers into the people who work for them. The freestyler, the daydreamer, the one who swims across lanes, is often written off as a lost cause rather than the one who could change everything. You have a choice. Swim perfectly in the “idea free” lane, or let yourself daydream your way into a great new idea.
- Take risks
- Let the freestyle swimmer cut across some lanes and dream of new ideas
- Throw a life preserver to ideas that are being drown out by the rule followers
If you want to be a leader who forges ahead, promotes the next big idea, and makes money, you need to open the freestyle lane and let the daydreamers swim.