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Planting Seeds of Innovation
The seasons change as we move into spring. For me, the transition into spring means a change in the focus of goals and intentions. It is a time of renewal, new ideas, and new directions. May this season be full of creative energy for you. In the spirit of the season, this offering focuses on some things a leader can do to promote creativity and innovation in themselves and others.

One item that I propose you consider in this requires a story about myself and a thought leader who had a great impact on me. I was 19, in University, and having the intellectual time of my life. The course was an intro Philosophy course, and the professor (whom some you will know) was Dr. George Wall. He was a great thinker and a gently provocative spirit. At any rate, he was clear about his own philosophy of thought and encouraged others to get clear about theirs. Dr. Wall taught one item that you wouldn’t find in the textbooks, and he called it "Wall’s Law". It stated simply this: "What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander." What a great premise. In case that doesn’t translate well, it just means that whatever I think is good for others to do must be good for me as well. Quite obviously, George had a lasting impression on me with that one, as well as many others.

So, you might ask, what's the point of this with creativity and innovation? It is quite simple. Leaders are continually looking for ways to bring things about in their team, in their community, or in their organization. My point is to follow Wall’s Law. The first piece of promoting creativity and innovation in others is to find it in yourself. What works for others works for you, and vice versa. With that and the beginning rush of spring, here are some ways that you can foster the generative energy of creativity and innovation. Take a few minutes, take some notes, and change your life.

Cheers, Jeff


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