School is just about done....thank goodness. I have watched my colleagues around the country take deep breaths and release heavy sighs as understanding and learning continue to be evaluated by the standardized test. In my continued search for sanity and joy in the ridiculous world of standardization, Ken Robinson continues to give me hope for the future. We must engage our people, young and old alike, in the opportunity to Imagine, Innovate, and Create.
When we imagine, we dream and when we dream, we vision. Vision is what drives purpose, and without it, we cannot build the next great thing. The brain is made to imagine and dream our future, but we must provide a welcome environment for it to flourish. The imagination is often messy and sometimes outrageous, but without it we will never find the beauty of what the mind can find.
Innovation is the opportunity to make something better. The vision of what we want can often times come out of something we know, but aren't satisfied with. Challenging status quo comes from the dream and innovation is born in that vision. The only barrier that blocks progress, is our self inflated ego that tells us what we have is the only and best version of itself. Acceptance of new possibility must overcome our weaknesses.
Sometimes are dreams are so vivid that we can vision something no one has ever seen before. Creation over replication is the answer to combat the boring and futile. Put the Pinterst away and start from scratch. Make mistakes. Revise often. Welcome the opportunity for those we lead to make something. They don't just want to create...THEY HAVE TO CREATE! If you don't let them, they will leave, and bring their vision to someone who will advocate, support, and celebrate their creative genius.
So let's embrace the idea of no school this summer for young people and old alike. Let's make the summer of 2016 the one we reflect back on and celebrate as the summer our imagination started the next great idea....
Thanks for stopping by. These are my musings on a number of leadership thoughts. It is my joy to expound upon my experiences and values.