So in raising a 6-year old boy, life is rarely dull. I recently bought a new laser printer and figured the box it came in was as good as recycled, until Maximiliano saw it and envisioned it as a rocket ship. We worked together drawing pictures of rocket ships, stars, you name it on large sheets of easel pad paper and then taped them on all sides before Mission Control could commence the launch. Amazingly, he visited Mars and Pluto and returned in time for lunch. My point to this blog is about exercising our imagination. How do you tend to your creativity garden? Personally and professionally? We need to redefine creativity in today’s terms; it’s not about your artistic talents, though if you have those, great, it’s more about how you envision solving the most pressing challenges. We can’t expect to simply flip a switch and voila, we’re creative. I observe this so frequently with organizations I consult with, they want desperately to improve but are consumed by bureaucratic gravity – the resynthesizing of past solutions to fix today’s problems. Often times, they don’t realize they’re a prisoner of their own tendencies and have fostered a culture of non-creativity. They want a guarantee of success without really trying something. How crazy is that? Raise your consciousness and flirt with the possibility of what might happen. Right after you read this blog, write down what you intend to do differently…change can happen in an instant. Start building your own Rocket Ship! Leonardo da Vinci said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” so let’s continue on our journey of getting better all the time.