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1 Building Leadership:Stimulating Creativity Through C.U.R.I.O.S.I.T.Y. I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein Instructor: Suzanne Merritt An Infopeople Workshop Spring 2009

2 2 This workshop is brought to you by the Infopeople Project. Infopeople is a federally-funded grant project supported by the California State Library. It provides a wide variety of training to California libraries. Infopeople workshops are offered around the state and are open registration on a first-come first-serve basis. For a complete list of workshops, and for other information about the project go to the Infopeople website at infopeople.org. 2

3 Workshop Overview COLLECT Stories CONNECT Library Challenge CREATE Solutions

4 WELCOME Exercise #1 Short Stories Introductions: Name Library Position Life Stories Hello! My name is...

5 Overview Leaders are Curious About Creativity Always curious about how to keep our creative edge. Fresh ways of looking for new opportunities to innovate. Overview

6 How can you use creativity to meet todays needs and tomorrows challenges in order to provide the highest quality of library service to the people of California? Your Leadership Challenge Be Curious Today Overview

7 From Curiosity to Creativity Collect ideas from stories that attract your attention Make Connections others overlook through questions Create grounded growth opportunities and ideas Overview

8 8 Benefits of This Approach Efficiency: requires less time than traditional brainstorming Engagement: increases staff sense of meaning and participation Excellence: improves quality of ideas implemented Overview

9 1600s Cabinets of Curiosity and Wonder: Collections of rarities from nature and man. Simple Cabinet Entire Room Whole House Precursor of the Museum Shrine of Muses Overview

10 Quest for Knowledge Motivated Collectors Curiosity Cabinets Princes, popes, merchants and scholars, hunted for curious treasures as they traveled the world. Overview

11 Your C.U.R.I.O.S.I.T.Y. Cabinet Your notebook as portable cabinet. Collect inspiring stories. Microcosm of your own life and work experiences. See something in the world with fresh eyes daily. Overview

12 Keeping a VISUAL JOURNAL is a favorite tool of artist and scientists. Get in the habit and see how fast ideas come to you too! Overview

13 Whats the difference? Visual Journal words images colors metaphor shapes sketches Overview

14 Collect Use your C.U.R.I.O.S.I.T.Y. CABINET everyday and great ideas will come your way. Collect your stories and observations so you can use them as a source of inspiration. Sketch, doodle or clip Collect your questions Add inspiring quotes Capture beginning ideas Overview

15 Why Bother? Source of inspiration for brainstorming sessions Collecting moves you from passive to active Connects your inner and outer experience Overview

16 16 Exercise #2 Set up your Cabinet. Choose an image for the cover as a metaphor for creativity. Write your definition of creativity in your journal. Write down your creative work challenge and sketch it out. Overview

17 17 What is creativity ? What are your creative challenges? Exercise #3 I see what you mean. Overview

18 CREATE Solutions Grounded Growth© For an idea to succeed it must be provoking enough to attract and sustain attention, familiar enough to relate to past experience and new enough to add value now. FAMILIAR FRESH FIT Overview

19 19 What do you think? What factors encourage creativity? Overview

20 Creativity and Innovation! Over 37,840 books on how to be more innovative. Get good at Connection Making. creative questions Shift attention to Creative Seeing. see hidden opportunities Overview

21 What do you see? Creative Seeing Overview

22 Put the Quest in your Questions. Questions direct curiosity. Ask new questions if you want new answers. Creative questions invite imaginative thinking. Connection Making Overview

23 23 Ask not... Inspiring Questions... Overview

24 First Step COLLECT Stories COLLECT Stories CONNECT Library Challenge CREATE Ideas

25 Collect Curiosities Collect Curiosities in the form of stories of innovation. Inspiration & Exasperation World Industry Street Collect

26 Why Stories? Research shows we learn 7.4% from presentations and 92.6% from narrative We can connect to the story, learn from it, and apply it to our own situation Creativity flourishes where leaders tell inspiring stories of innovation and possibility Collect

27 Story Line/Plot In literature 7 basic plots like mystery, romance, hero…. In innovation 9 basic plots C.U.R.I.O.S.I.T.Y. Today learn to recognize these in the stories you have collected, and how to use this as a source of ideas. Collect

28 Distinctions that help organize stories in a fresh way so we can create new connections. C.U.R.I.O.S.I.T.Y. Collect

29 C.U.R.I.O.S.I.T.Y. C contradictions U universals R rules Iintersections Oordinary S surprises I invisible Ttransformations Y your resources Collect

30 Contradictions Recognize the rub Every great invention is the result of resolving a contradiction. G.S. Altschuller Paradox Conflict Impossibility Clash Collect

31 Universals See what stays the same. Applicable to all situations or purposes. Continuity Interchangeable Entity that remains unchanged Archetypes Balance One size fits all Collect-Universals

32 Rules Break the rules Challenge all assumptions to change the game. Assumptions Expectations Beliefs How we operate Collect-Rules

33 Intersections Where two things meet. Look at the relationships in time, space, function… Overlaps Combinations Alliances/Partnership In between Interactions Gaps/Hand offs Collect-Intersections

34 Ordinary Take a second look. Extraordinary ideas can come from ordinary sources. Habits Familiar Plain view Details Routine Collect-Ordinary

35 Surprises Expect the unexpected. Watch for things that seem slightly off, odd, or out of place. Anomalies Disruptions Unexpected Sudden changes Positive deviance Collect-Surprise

36 Invisible See the unseen. Make the invisible visible so you can act on it. Time Energy Attitudes Barriers Future Collect-Invisible

37 Transformations Now you see it, now you dont. Look for ways to change or modify an object or action. Conversions New use Reverse Make over Trashformation Collect-Transformation

38 Yours What are YOUR resources? Everything you can draw on from within the system to create opportunities or solve problems. Materials Space Functions Information Time Equipment Collect-Resources

39 C.U.R.I.O.S.I.T.Y. C contradictions U universals R rules Iintersections Oordinary S surprises I invisible Ttransformations Y your resources Collect

40 Exercise #4 Story Exchange Prepare to tell your story succinctly. Four Sentences The situation 2. The action or creative solution 3. The result 4. The C.U.R.I.O.S.I.T.Y. connection. (For me, this was a story about Transformation…. because…) Collect

41 NOW COLLECT Stories CONNECT Library Challenge CREATE Solutions

42 CONNECT Library Challenges Virtually all discoveries & man-made creations come from our innate ability to make connections. Cortina Kent Connect

43 43 Exercise # 5 Ready-Set-Go Small group activity Collect

44 44 Convergence Solution Research Findings Group one creative challenge Group two creative challenge and fortress story with instruction to make a connection Group three creative challenge and fortress story without instruction to make a connection 94 Collect

45 Natural Connectors Collecting alone creates some new connections. We only GET the connection 15% of the time. Questions Increase Connections Collect

46 To Train your brain! 75% To make the connection ask the question. Library ChallengeInnovation Stories

47 Put the Quest in Your Questions. Questions direct curiosity. Ask new questions if you want new answers. Creative questions invite imaginative thinking.

48 48 Questions are tools to help us make new connections. Leaders ask inspiring questions. Questions expand possibility of making connections. The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot wrong questions. Anthony Jay Collect

49 49 Exercise #6 Tools and tips for putting the Quest in your Questions. 1. Flip It 2. Hair of the Dog 3. New Point of View 4. Mind Map Quest work in pairs Collect

50 50 1. Flip It Reverse or flip your question to the complete opposite way of thinking. Example: How to find a publisher vs how to have a publisher find me. This activates an entirely new line of thinking. Collect

51 51 2. Hair of the Dog The problem is the solution. Be fearless and go for the jugular. What is the tough question? Collect

52 52 3. Shift Point of View Your Question? Collect

53 53 4. Mind Map Quest Collect

54 Last step... COLLECT Stories CONNECT Library Challenge CREATE Solutions

55 CREATE Solutions Grounded Growth For an idea to succeed it must be provoking enough to attract and sustain attention, familiar enough to relate to past experience and new enough to add value now. FAMILIAR FRESH FIT Criteria Create

56 56 How? Create 1. Introduce a process 2. Select some creative challenges 3. Form small groups based on interest 4. Brainstorm using C.U.R.I.O.S.I.T.Y. stories 5. Report out to large group

57 57 Generate then Judge Divergent Thinking No judgment Build on ideas Go for quantity Brainstorm with postits One idea per Readable Call out pass in Convergent Thinking Constructive Not personal Focused Grounded Growth Criteria will it... Create pause

58 58 Creative Challenge Brief Description Brainstorm with postits Connect to Story Brainstorm with Postits Apply Criteria Pick the hits Creative Solution Presentation Collect beginning ideas Create a Solution Create Wow! Thats a Great Idea.

59 Connect to Create Stories of Innovation STORIES of introduction STORIES in this presentation STORIES from groups Library Challenge Choose a challenge and make a creative contribution today. Create

60 60 Exercise # 7 Wow! Thats a great idea.

61 61 Exercise #8 Making it Happen What is the biggest barrier to implementation? Flip it.. How to... We could...

62 62 Thank You! Evaluations


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