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|by P. G. R. Nair|
According to a recent IBM survey of more than 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, chief executives believe creativity is the most vital leadership competency in successfully navigating an increasingly complex world.
If you are wondering which garden cultivates this seed called creativity, I would say it is your mind. The seed is there in all of us. Some water it on a regular basis and that occasionally produces a bloom.
When every novelist wrote big tomes chronicling the saga of its characters from birth to death, a novelist named James Joyce used a technique called 'Stream of consciousness' to depict just one day in the life of Stephen Dedalus, a medical student. In stream of consciousness writing, the thoughts and feelings of a character are presented as they happen from moment to moment, like an impromptu writing of thoughts and feelings. As a result, there is a rare excitement, freshness, vivacity and novelty when you read his novel 'Ulysses'.
When every great classical composers composed mighty symphonies, a French composer named Claude Debussy gave birth to what is known as impressionistic music which was at once daring, dreamy and dazzling like the play of patterns of light. He sought to capture and crystallize the light, color and texture of a particular moment and thus his music comes as ethereal and evocative.
Think of the evolution of Jazz music through its great proponents like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Grant Green, Oliver Nelson and Charles Mingus. The art form of jazz celebrates individuality. Jazz musicians have a long history of introducing new ideas: new forms, new techniques, new sources, and new styles. They have found new ways to play their instruments, new ways to establish unique identities, and they have both expanded and re-invented their roles. The very cornerstone of Jazz demands spontaneous creativity or 'instant innovation' from every jazz player every time he performs. In fact, when you examine the world of jazz you will find a culture and a model that has been, and remains a hot bed of innovation. That is why their music is a big canvass of creativity.
"Creativity is just connecting dots", that is what Steve Jobs, one of the greatest creative minds of this century said. Unless we take effort to connect the seemingly unfamiliar to produce something magical, our life is mundane.
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05/12/2012 19:03 PM
Sushil K. Agrawal
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