Work With The System
When I deliver key note speeches on Leading Innovation and Creativity, I find that there is a perception in the audience that systems stifle creativity and innovation. Yet the successful and most creative businesses in the world have stringent systems, high standards and strict disciplines to ensure that things are done to spec, on time and to the appropriate standard - despite everything constantly being challenged to find a different or better way of doing it, to provide a better outcome for the customer or clients.
The Mojo Radio Show interviews people who have their mojo working both in and out of work. One of the questions I always ask our guests is, 'What are your rituals?' Rituals are the non-negotiables, the things that happen at some point in each day, without fail, that happen in a particular order to enhance the productivity or performance of your day. Rituals are systems.
Never think that because something is systemised that it has to lack innovation or creativity. No system stops you from thinking differently. No system stops you from creating. Quite often systems give you the discipline that allows you the freedom to create. Discipline equals freedom. Create your own systems in your day that allow you the discipline to free up time to spend more time creating, innovating and thinking about what’s next and what you could do differently.
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