Can you breathe fire?

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According to the Chinese Zodiac the Year of 2012 is the Year of the Dragon.

A powerful sign, Dragons are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic.  Dragons are quite imaginative, always able to see new paths and will take a radical approach.

Beginning on January 23, 2012 and ending on February 9, 2013 a year to be filled with innovation and change is rapidly approaching.

For the first year of council’s term we’ve seen a complete absense of creative leadership, and it will be to the detriment of the town as a whole if this becomes the status quo.

Ken Robinson has dedicated much of his professional life to helping governments, educational systems and businesses understand that creativity is not a fanciful luxury.

“The principles of creative leadership apply everywhere, whether it’s an advertising company or whether you’re running a hospital.  Creativity is not some exotic, optional extra. It’s a strategic issue,  so what people are faced with is having to think very different about how to run organizations.”

The following FastCompany article picks ken robinson on the principles of creative leadership:

If we agree with Robinson’s argument that “The purpose in a company is to improve the company’s impact and performance. Therefore any creative strategy is about either improving products and services or coming up with new possibilities or opportunities.”   then it should be very interesting to read the long and drawn out, not to mention costly Strategic plan the town has been working to construct.  Especialy after our mayor cited it as the primary reason for the delay of the 2012 budget.  How the two are tied together is not clear to me.

2011 saw a lot of consultants being hired for jobs that Aurora town staff should be confident and have the resources to tackle themsleves.  Let’s hope there isn’t some half-baked idea to hire an “innovation consultant”, as this article points out the failing behind that mindest:

Creativity needs to become a component of a company’s DNA, but at the same time individuals need to be reminded it’s not something that exists or doesn’t exist in their own DNA.  Creativity needs to be fostered.  It thrives when there is an abundance of confidense.

TO-FU, a motion graphics studio in Japan, compiled a video of the many ways to stir ones creative juices.  It is a great refresher as we approach the year of the Dragon:

Some basic rules for creators are listed in thie thoughtful graphic here:

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We can only hope that the approaching Dragon will light a fire under the cold and beurocratic handling of business at Aurora town hall so we don’t continue along these lines:

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Innovation needs to be a core component of a sustainable corporate culture.

If encouraged it will spread.

Not unlike fire.
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