What’s the connection between creativity and responsibility?

Video transcript:

Hi, everyone, I’m Katie, artist, business coach and founder of Step Up Create. And today I thought I’d talk a little bit about the connection between creativity and responsibility. And this might be a little bit different from what you’ve been used to thinking around creativity. So now I’m not talking about, developing your creative process, this is more maybe connected to the idea of mindset.

And the idea of creativity and responsibility is not mine. It’s come from Gestalt therapy. It’s developed by collective leadership, there’s lots of different people who are talking about this, not just me, but I think it is really interesting.

The idea is that when you’re faced with any situation, and this could be a business situation, a personal situation, whatever, you have two options, you have a reactive option, and you have a creative option.

And the way you deal with things depends on which of these options you take. So let’s have a look at each of these, we look at the reactive option. This is kind of your automatic response. This might be determined by things that have happened to you in your past, these could be family myths, these could be just your experience, the way things have gone, this is just your automatic response without being particularly conscious of what’s happening, your automatic response comes out. And this quite often has to do with blaming other people blaming the situation, making yourself small feeling like you can’t do anything about what what’s going on. And when that happens, obviously, your leadership or your life is very much confined.

The other option is to go for the creative option. And the creative option is to view this as an opportunity. Now I know that sounds crazy, because you might be facing serious illness or something terrible, right? So it’s not viewing it as an opportunity like, Oh, great, I’ve just been diagnosed with cancer. Of course not. It is trying to find a way to work with that solution to see what is possible from here. So what can you do with this new situation? And there might also be a little part of “Can I change the situation? Can I extend my responsibility to changing this situation and how it’s come about?”

So these are the two reactions or two ways of dealing with things that we have? Now, it’s interesting, because you might think, wow, it would be amazing to just have the creative response all the time. Generally, that’s not really possible here. So generally, we are balancing these two, I would love to say that I’m always a patient, creative mother, and I never lose my temper with my children. But that it would be a lie. And I think it would be a lie for most parents, I will say that I am generally responsible and aware of my actions, which means that I’m kind of edging towards that creative approach each time.

So it’s not about suddenly becoming creative in every single decision, or every single thing that hits you, it’s being more conscious about what what it means in terms of how you react to something that comes up. And that for me counts as something really important is creativity. And you see that we’re not talking about painting, or drawing or photography, or singing or theatre or anything, we’re talking about a creative response in your daily life. And that is hugely life changing.

So that’s something that I work on a lot with my clients, one thing that we do very often is to work on the idea of getting off the assembly line, the idea of the assembly line, or just decisions that have you’ve made, but they’ve kind of rolled on to one and another and another and another and this might be a career path within your company. It might be that you decided to study medicine, and then you’ve continued and continued even though you hate it, it’s just taking stock of are you on an assembly line right now? And do you want to get off it?

Sometimes it’s great to have a planned career for you within the company or within the institution because you don’t have to work too hard at that. And that’s fine. I’m not saying that everybody needs to move off and out of these sort of corporate situations and go into something artsy you know, you can be hugely creative within a corporate situation within an institutional setting.

And actually, that’s exactly what we need. For me, one of the key motivations for everything that I do is that I believe that if we are more creative if I can help executives or business people or professionals develop their creativity, in having a more creative approach, we can have a more human approach and therefore we can humanise society.

So this is something that’s really important for me and it’s one of one of the backbones of all of the type of leadership work that I do is a quote unquote active leadership that I really like and it is that leadership development is about growing the size of the world for which you are willing to be responsible.

Amazing idea, right. So how do we do that? Well, I usually do this through working on different leadership skills through working on creativity itself, through working or communication and through working on connection with teams.

About Katie Annice Carr

Creativity, Communication and Leadership facilitator, coach and consultant.