Julie Grass

THE MOMENTUM GROUP IS EXERCISING

By Julie Grass

 

Management Consulting + Training

www.TheMomentumGroup.Biz


 

Why bother to think creatively?
 

It will give you a leg up on your competition and should help you grow your bottom line

It will keep you and your employees and your clients fresh, energized and motivated

Creativity is contagious.  You will develop an environment where each creative thought generates another creative thought

Creativity is freeing and makes room for new discoveries and innovation

 

Julie Grass, Principal


Julie is a breath of fresh air for a stale company.  She is an organizational troubleshooter, a business coach, and a dynamic retreat facilitator.  Her expertise in strategic thinking, navigating the people dynamics in an organization, and building a sense of "team" helps her clients obtain clarity, improve communication and take action.


She works with small businesses, nonprofits and sole practitioners.

Julie teaches classes in communications, presentation skills, and project management at UCLA Extension.

 

When you’ve lost your spark, Julie can relight it.

 

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You don’t have to join a gym, wear sneakers or sweat.  No biceps, triceps or abs.  You already look fabulous.

 

So, take 10 minutes a day and exercise your creativity.  Give your imagination a good workout. 

 

Over the upcoming months, I will send you a series of exercises designed to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the way you problem-solve, uncover resources you never knew existed and look at issues from multiple perspectives.

 

Before you counter with, “but I’m not creative”, let me expand  Creative is much more than a Jasper Johns’ painting or a Billy Collins’ poem (The Lanyard , a favorite of mine) or a robust Rodin sculpture.  Creative is an approach to life and a way of “seeing”.  It can greatly improve your bottom line, as well as making work and life more engaging and fun.

 

Knowing that you are creative and trusting that you can access your creativity is where confidence is born it frees you to try new approaches, make new decisions, and realign your business to better fit you and your client.

 

Let me give you an example:  I was facilitating a workshop on problem-solving for 40 newly-promoted managers.  It started out a little dry.  The bagels, fruit and coffee arrived – still ho hum.  Each time I presented a challenge for them to solve, they went straight to their default solutions. There wasn’t a lot of original thinking going on.

 

Then, I brought out the umbrella.


Our conversation went like this:

I asked, “what is this and what do you use it for?” 

“It’s an umbrella and you use it to keep the rain off of you.” 

“That makes sense.  What else can you use it for?”


Silence.


“Well I guess you could aerate your lawn with it.”
  Some giggles.

“Or you could use it as a weapon and poke someone with it.”  A guffaw.

“Hey, you could use it as a cane or a crutch.”

“It could reach things on a high shelf.” 

 

Just when the group hit its peak, I took the umbrella away and replaced it with a colander. 

 

What’s this for?

 

Energy was high and the answers flowed:  “You use it to drain noodles.  You could pan for gold or scoop goldfish out of the tank when you want to change the water. How about putting it in front of a lamp to diffuse the light?  If you put it on paper, you could use it to draw a perfect circle.   Hang it on your bedroom wall and dangle your earrings from the holes

 

When we got back from break, I tossed out another business problem for them to solve.  What do you do if an otherwise good employee arrives at work late every single day?  The first response was predictable,

 

“I'd write him up and if he doesn’t improve, we fire him.  That’s our policy.” 

 

Okay, that is one solution.  What else could you do?

 

Unlike the first part of the morning, the room buzzed with other suggestions.  “You could talk to him and see if it’s a transportation problem that you could help him resolve.  Or you might consider offering to change his start time.  Or you could suggest he carpool with a co-worker who has the same schedule.  Or you might just sit with him and brainstorm solutions together.”

 

What does creative thinking require?
 

Knowing there is never only one answer

Realizing new ideas are just a combination of existing ideas

Not relying on default thinking; pushing past your initial answers for other possibilities and pushing your comfort zone


So, here is your “creativity” exercise:

 

  1. Think of all the tools you would need to plant and maintain a vegetable garden
  2. Make a written list of what tools you'd need
  3. Now eliminate 3 and replace them with things you wouldn’t ordinarily think to use when growing a garden.

 

I’d love to hear what unlikely substitutes you come up with.  Really use your imagination and enjoy your creativity.  The most exciting part is that once you unleash your creativity, it will start to impact the way you move through the world.  You'll see it in your business and you'll see it in the rest of your life.  And you’ll like it!

 

 

If you have questions or thoughts to share, please drop us a line at Julie@TheMomentumGroup.biz