Great reminder for me on monday!
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Keywords: Design thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Time management, Creativity
The world economic system and the ideas behind them are changing. We have passed from an industrial economy, specializing in the manufacture of products, through an information economy, that harnessed great amounts of raw data, to an economy that is based on the ability to make connections and bring meaning to the deluge. It is in the connection economy that the world desires to have authenticity, personal connection, meaningful relationships and a customized response.
I believe we are at a paradigm shift that will require us to rethink, restructure and retool the nature of our work, our learning, our energies and our systems. Individually, we as members of the creative class, are uniquely poised to not only have a huge impact, but will be required to adapt to produce and to produce in ourselves what is authentic, meaningful and necessary.
This paper will discuss; the difference between the industrial, information and connection economies; the nature of creativity; current and traditional design pedagogy; the strategies for design thought and thinking; the differences this poses with the current business models; the systems and strategies we need to cultivate opportunities and employ for personal effectiveness in the age of connection and distraction.
What do you think of this list?
Don’t work; play: Let the people working for you play, play, play. Don’t let them be overburdened by routine and mundane tasks. Build on their curiosity.
Do something; anything: Let your team create. Help it not to be afraid of failure or the pedigree of its creations.
Throw out your garbage: Don’t let your team members rest on their laurels.
Spend your time “wastefully” so you can come up with great material:Don’t be fearful of the trivial
Put your brilliant idea away: Encourage your team members not torture an idea to death
“Icon writing is chock-full of interesting metaphor. In some icons the layers of paint underlying all but the skin are called the “chaos” layers… and it really does look chaotic – darks and lights, blotchy. It adds life to the work. And, like life, chaos is just under the surface.
Chaos layer. Pure gold. The perfect metaphor for writers.
We’re writing out of chaos; all darks and lights and blotchy. Not only does our work feel like chaos, but our live usually do too. We’re all trying to subdue the chaos with palm pilots and blackberrys and to distract ourselves with Ipods and the internet. But it is all chaos, and that’s why we write. To make order and meaning out of it. And our first task is to get calm long enough to sit in a room all alone with our thoughts and fantasies, and then let our writing get as messy as it needs to be, let the chaos spill out on the page, before we find order and meaning.”
“Courage and Craft: Writing Your Life Into Story” By Barbara Abercrombie
In Icon painting, called writing, it is not about the painter. And one of the main tenets of Icon writing is that you never turn back. You must keep moving. It will turn out like it is supposed to. You are to be obedient and do the work.
Perfect is too often the enemy of good (and the good).
This a great time of year to try this! Unplug!
How many of us adults wish back to the time when we can have a snowday? Those of us in the midwest are having a taste for one of those days. Enjoy it… even if you are not going out in it.
As a drawing fan, and as one who is in that inter-generational group of people, who have been taught and use both, this is an interesting article. I especially like the connection Michael Graves makes between “reading” words on a page vs. “reading or hearing” words from an audio book. Is there something that is lost??
I enjoy the products and the thoughts of David Seah. You should go check him out!! It seems that he is wrestling with some of the same issues that maybe you and I are dealing with.
Here are his Groundhog Day Affirmations:
- Raising income by building passive income. That would allow me to work less to support myself, freeing up time to do interesting projects.
- Making time to commune with people.
- Being around nice people who strive for excellence.
Can you identify with these? I know I can. Especially for someone who is either on salary or on an hourly wage as a consultant, how do we get to the “4 hour work week”? I need to identify methods of working when I am not.
How about the social aspect? I think we all would desire to work with positive interesting people who challenge us to be our best. I need to allow more people and situations like these into my life and minimize those who are a drain.
How can I strive for “exploring dreams, actions and excellence”?
This article asks great questions!
Steven Pressfield starts to unpack the difference between the artist and the addict, or those that get work done and those who want to get work done.
I have to ask myself if I am running away from the things I need to do. Am I using the pursuit of knowledge, or gathering all the facts before I start, as just another form of procrastination? And convincing myself that it is a form of intellectualism.
I think many of us do. And I have to think that many of us “think” too much. We would be better off turning it off and rolling up our sleeves and getting things done.