We've all been there, the blank page has so many possibilities yet they are all out of reach. Are we too tired or maybe too concerned? What's stopping you? Sometimes all the good ideas seem to be in other people's minds and we're left with re-runs of our own dilemmas to get in the way. How can we establish a thread when all our bobbins are spinning at once? Let's look at some tips that can help fuel and loosen creativity in all kinds of people.
A little hand-written note-book and pen are your best friends. In it you can jot down everything from the brilliant turn of phrase you heard in the shops to the story-line that made you wish you'd thought of it. Any good ideas that you have or you notice around you can all go in. When you have accumulated a few pages of randomness you will find that the moment has gone and the idea is no longer attached to what it was before. These bits and pieces can become foundations for novel and unique ways of telling a story or putting a point across. The thing you noticed in the coffee shop might be great when you apply it to the car, for example.
Relax Into Imagination
It's okay to wander off into day-dreams when you are actively on the lookout for inspiration. There is always a time and place where it's not going to impede on the rest of your day if you take an hour or two to disappear into your own self-created real-time adventure. It's in these realms of half truth and boundlessness that we are more able to piece together something truly worth writing down.
Do Something Creative
Okay so this is telling you to walk out of the door of the high security prison as cool as a breeze. Impossible? But what if you're a guard? Now it's in your power because you changed your uniform. This is imaginary and metaphorical, remember? Imagine you are blocked somehow with your story-line, but you take a look at your music keyboard and start writing a little ditty instead. Distracting yourself from the original task, your creativity has returned! It's just in a direction you didn't expect. Instead of fighting it, feeling frustrated, just allow the valve to open in a new direction and wait. Patience will reveal that your efforts will translate in the end.
Method Before Madness
So you don't know where to start. Let's look at the underlying principles of what you're trying to do. What is the outcome of your work? Which creative tools, ideas and rhetoric, will you choose to project the energy in a direction that provides your desired outcome? When we look at the mechanics and design of our ideas, then the way to bring them about will be easier to determine. We can begin crossing things off because they don't fit the plan. We can see the missing pieces rather than a blank page, a missing piece has a definite shape.
Maybe we don't know enough about what we really want to achieve or we don't know how to convey this in the best way. Hit the books. Find out what you're doing and discover what other people have done with the same agenda you might have. All art is there as an example for you to bounce from, all inventions are your food for thought in designing new and better devices.
Your body has a way of entering more dreamy and trance like states when undergoing endurance exercise. By going for a walk, run, swim, or some kind of light strain activity, after a while the mind will become loosened and more able to wander. The repetition and exertion all combine to provide a place for your active mind to address abstract and inventive thoughts.
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Leaders are the ones in charge, those who through either hard work or luck have found a seat at the head of a table. This happens to be anyone with a creative idea and the will to make it happen. We need vision and determination for any truly novel idea to surface. After-all, we want to improve lives, create jobs, and improve the wealth of where we live. That's what counts. We can't just go about doing these things though. To be in with a chance of succeeding a good leader can communicate their passion and resolve to those who join them. People who share our vision look to leaders to help them put their mind into motion. We know what we want, we might know how to get it, do we know how to communicate it?
Great Leaders Are Compassionate
Compassion means that we put other people's happiness into the equation. It means we consider other people's feelings and peace of mind before we act. It could be a warning sentence, preparing people for something unpopular, or perhaps you hold your emotions back just for a moment because you don't want to upset anybody. You might ask about military leaders. Was Alexander the Great compassionate? There will always be exceptions however to inspire troops, nationals, and financiers, he would have had to make sure everyone was happy or at least willing. Most of the time, leaders are not in charge of a fighting army.
When leaders are compassionate, those being led are made to feel secure that their well-being is being looked after. If a leader shows a lack of compassion then the team will be less willing to act on the leader's instruction. They will lose respect for their thinking and ideas, and ultimately become a less effective force. Leaders instil a sense of safety in their groups.
Great Leaders Show Selflessness
Selflessness is when we put our immediate needs and desires to one side and think about things from another's point of view. It inspires acts of generosity and courage. When we are selfless we do things for others without the element of benefiting the self. Business is not selfless, but leaders in business can be. By treating people in the way you would expect to be treated those same people will gain trust and respect in return. You've earned it, and if it's genuine selflessness you won't risk losing it.
We are all limited by the speed of our process of thought. Like light can only travel so far in such a given time, our enlightenment and understanding of a situation takes time too. We can only be asked to learn so much and grow so far in one given time. It may be that several steps are needed to reach a level we need. Selflessness can recognise this and even though we have the understanding, the others may not and so has no problem in breaking down the process of thought for them.
Great Leaders Are Mindful
There is a difference between imaginary mindfulness and the mindfulness that steps over the gap when boarding the train. Leaders show the latter. They don't spend their time with their head in a story-book or a daydream thinking of all the colours and textures around them. They are mindful of the present moment and the emotional landscape of the time. Mindfulness helps leaders to truly gauge a situation and offer relevant and harmonious commentary. This way they can act as glue between otherwise opposing views and agendas.
Mindful leaders are able to listen to those around them and be able to provide insightful and thought-out responses to situations and questions. Teams know they are valued when their leadership makes an effort to put thought into the way their communication is expressed. Consideration with courage makes for an effective head, it's the ability to think from multiple perspectives and then to act on the one that has the best outlook.
When it comes to running a team or simply applying yourself to a task, motivation is a key factor in the process of getting things done. We can easily lose a lot of time if motivation isn't at a suitable level. We all need a little help sometimes, and in a work environment it's generally the leader or manager whose job it is to motivate. But how is it done? We've seen good and bad motivators, more than likely, and we've probably played the role of motivator well or not so well in the past too. There are four specific kinds of motivation that work well for different people and different situations. They are as follows.
This form of coaching involves giving clear instructions with a little bit of force behind them. You may think of a drill sergeant but this can also be applied to situations such as medicine, kitchens, police, and any other circumstance where people's lives are put at risk. It also works well for situations where there are many people all looking for instruction. We can address a crowded room with a direct approach. Warehouses, office floors, staff-rooms and other places with lots of workers in them apply here.
Often a team of individuals can work independently from control. It is often the case that everyone knows what they are doing and by simply being present in the situation, they will carry on with it. You being there is motivation enough to stick to the job they are meant to be doing. If you set a good example and carry on with your work, the team will follow. This is a common practice in smaller teams of workers whose job does not involve vital life and death processes like making sure chicken is thoroughly cooked. If workers can't see you because they are positioned too far away, the passive approach doesn't work so well. You will need to be more direct.
Sometimes an employee or friend will approach us with a problem or a request for something to do. Non-directive leadership requires the leader to question the individual and tease out the answer from their own ideas. By encouraging others to use their initiative and to be more relaxed about their ideas, leaders can get more out the team than they put in.
This style, like the name suggests, requires us to adapt to the shape we are in. Sometimes the people around us will not respond to the type of motivation we prefer or the rules suggest. From time to time we have to find a balance between all three leadership styles and personalise this for each team member. We are all unique individuals and this makes it important to listen to feedback and watch for cues that may require us to rethink our approach.
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The world is always changing. New technologies and new opportunities always arise alongside new troubles and problems. Novelty and stress are two permanent characters in life's theatre although they change their clothes regularly. It's always a good time to learn new skills and take on new challenges, even if the challenge is to rest for a few days. If that feels like a challenge to you then you probably need it. Quality leaders are quite rare in today's society. I can't say for previous times. There are unique qualities that we all look for when considering who we choose to turn to.
Certain things in human behaviour are necessary for leaders to establish themselves. Oppression doesn't work and that's a good thing. Leaders do not rule, they lead. And that requires consent. If a leader walks forward, the crowd walks forward of their own volition. It is often the case that leaders do not ask to be in charge, people just follow them because of their natural leadership behaviour.
Here are some factors that really matter, and will still matter even if computers take over the world.
Abstract thought and the ability to create linear thought from it is what gives us new things. Linear thought is a process of stages, we can only change one at a time. Abstract thought is a process of observation and description. This gives us a much higher mental resolution of a situation and an eye for detail. Creative leadership is an essential skill and tool for handling groups of people who are looking for subtle or not so subtle guidance. Big data computers can look at lots of facts in one go but it's not abstract, it's all unitary information. A grain of sand can be a universe once we stop looking at it with linear thought.
We put our faith in leaders. We trust that they are leading us in the right direction. It's impossible to trust people who do not demonstrate trustworthiness. How can we show that we are trustworthy? It's a matter of example. Always be prepared to answer truthfully and speak without hiding various truths. If it's a trade secret then say so, if it's private information then say no, it's private. Being up-front with people and honest about your well-meaning objectives will gradually earn the trust you deserve. The moment you behave in a way that people do not trust with their own reputation, they will no longer want to follow your example.
We all come from different backgrounds and homes. Our parents got emotional about different things. They all taught us to live life in different ways. When we all meet this can be an issue if it's not respected. It takes a leadership mentality to allow for cultural differences. It's easy to feel the need to judge when we're shocked by a strange behaviour or ideal. We may have heard things about it before. The respect we all deserve becomes essential when this happens. Other people will feel comfortable with you if you show respect in situations where others may have been rude or judgemental. It's fine to ask questions and demonstrate an uneasiness, but remember we are all human and have different ways of doing things. It is better to judge oneself an one's own society than to sniff at the actions of another's.
So it's a strange time for us all, many of us are locked away at home with only minimal human contact. For some this is normal, for others it's a real strain. Having children at home and not being able to get out to do things can become tedious. Anyone with children knows that the six-weeks holiday is taxing, and this is different because there's very little on for our children to do. Even those without little ones to keep entertained and educated, there will be long days ahead where we struggle to keep our mind away from the doom and gloom. In this time of sudden change and anxiety, Homunculus Media will continue to provide the same quality content it always does.
This is a comprehensive list of resources and ideas for you, our readers, to make use of. It's not a complete list, by far, however it's hoped these ideas can kick start your positivity in troubling times.
You may already be long-term readers, but if you're not then why not start with us? Alternative Fruit is packed full of music reviews, creativity journalism, soft-skills education, and links to all kinds of great online adventures. You can expect to discover a lot all in one place.
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The Smithsonian Institute just unveiled a plethora of public domain images. If you fancy a go at digital collage or need something to base an idea on then go ahead and browse. Maybe you're looking for art inspiration, something to put in a story, or you might just be one of those people who loves pictures of random things, like I am.
Google Arts and Culture now have 2500 virtual museum tours for free. Visitors can go online and observe exhibits and explanations from all over the world. Perhaps the smells are missing but the sights and often sounds are available today. How long will it take to do a world museum tour?
Self-isolation can mean self-education. There are loads of online courses out there, many are for free. If it's casual skills and interest from top universities you're looking for then why not look into the Futurelearn website? Their offers are free for well over enough time to complete the material. Certifications are affordable if you want one, too.
If it's qualifications you're looking for then also online holds the key. Rather than forking out thousands for a college classroom and tutor, online learners can pay into a video and web-based learning environment that dramatically cuts cost. It's so viable that real-life qualifications from John Academy in everything from aromatherapy to web-design are available for £10. This is international, folks,
There is a fertile jungle of varied and quality education across the internet and you can find links to a lot of it on our Certified section.
Any musicians among you? Now is your time to get into the groove. Improve, expand, develop, and nurture your talent like never before. There are loads of free resources out there for musicians, and if you want to find specific sheet music then look no further.
Art is always a winner. You'll need materials aplenty. You can still get your online delivery through the post or from Amazon. Use our links on the homepage to those places to help us out. Why not try a new style or medium? It can be your chance to completely evolve your skill-set. You can find all kinds of art-instruction on our Choose Love page.
Podcasts are a great resource. They're online listenables that come in small or medium sized files. Expect a wide variety of them, some of which may not be to your liking. Alternative Fruit has featured a selection of Podcasts in three separate posts which can be found here, here, and here. We aim to get another one up soon, too.
If it's audiobooks you love then we have our own playlist of them on YouTube. It's a great starting place. For an even bigger collection of curated and quality, free content, why not visit Audiobook Box. If you really want to explore the wealth of audio-literature available then go ahead and sign up for Audible. They have a free trial period so there's nothing to lose.
Provided you've enough paper and ink, you can print out thousands of colouring pages that are free to download. There's a great selection here and here.
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There should be plenty there for everyone! You can of course find plenty more to do with a little imagination. Go ahead and enjoy yourselves, stay safe, and watch out for the vulnerable members of society who are all relying on us now more than ever.
People are resistant to change, we're all creatures of habit and it takes extra work to change those habits. Most of the time, we are all too tired to do that extra work. There's enough going on without the need to change. This is why often necessary changes are imposed on us. Think of this recent outbreak of Covid-19. If the authorities in the hardest-hit places were to sit back and let people choose to self-isolate, how many would ignore the advice? There are those who would prefer to put their trust in a shouty bald guy on YouTube rather than leagues of independently trained and independently thinking scientists. In some respects, it's their right to put their trust in who-ever they want however in other respects, there has to be a point where law takes over. We can't just do what we want, it protects us from harm.
This brings us to hard power revolution. This is where force is used to bring about change in society. Hard power is inherently destructive, it ruins lives, often leaves people dead, and it breaks down the routine in favour of a new one. Perhaps there are times when hard power is the only choice, a last resort to put an end to perpetual suffering. More often though, soft power can apply the right changes without doing any harm. Soft power is the art of creating new systems and routines to replace the old which society gladly adopts. This is done through communication, literature, art, music, and philosophy. We know what we want, we know what's right, and if that can be focussed on an idea that works, then it will manifest - with a little help from an innovator.
What do we need to think about when innovating for society? What processes matter to the general population so that our work can be successful? How do we have to think?
Your idea needs to work for one person and a million people with the same results. We all start small, where are you going to stop though? Could it be feasible to implement your idea across the entire world? There are costs, there is labour, there are cultural differences that really matter to people, there is the need to trust other people to do their job to your standard. Can you scale your idea? Would you be able to see this through, will the arithmetic add up, can you handle all that responsibility?
People need to feel connected to your idea. In order for the idea to grow and be adopted, the people involved all have to have a sense of belonging. Can they interact and co-exist with your work? If your idea evolves in the wild, with input from its users, implementers, and its creator as one force, it will be more easily adopted by those involved. Your work belongs to everyone once it starts being used.
Look around you, see what there is an abundance of. Make that your starting point. We all pay dearly for requiring expensive ingredients for our products. The rarer and more sought-after a thing is, the higher its price. We ultimately pass this on to the customer and so only certain people can reach our product. In order for something to be accessible for the general population, it has to be able to make use of abundant things. It has to be affordable.
Talk to other innovators. This can't be just your idea, for something to extend into society as a whole then it has to become something outside of the individual. Of course, your precise product is irreplaceable and unique, no-one can touch it. The thinking behind it though, that belongs to everyone who appreciates your idea. They want to help implement it for the good of those around them. After-all, it was for the good of society in the first place wasn't it?
Be transparent. It's essential that society can see your process, understand what you do and why, and know what their role is. Don't be shy about making money, being good at something, and don't try to keep secrets. Trust is vital for populations to want to associate with you or your work. You need to be able to be there for people to examine until their heart is content. It doesn't feel nice, tough. You're going to have to get used to it.
What is the point of your idea for the user? Is it going to benefit the user in a way that ultimately makes it worthwhile? If your idea benefits society but not the user first-hand then it probably won't take off. People want incentives and they need their own reason. We have to think of both things at once. What does it do for them, what does it do for all. They need not be the same thing, but they can be as well.
Finally, this brings us to the ultimate goal of your idea. What is it actually going to do? Can you sustain it and can it sustain itself in society? How will you merge the doing good for everyone theme with being able to put it to use? What is the ultimate goal of the idea? In what ways does your idea benefit society? Are you sure it will benefit society or are you just guessing based on your own political ideas? These things matter the most because if you implement your process well the result will change the world for good or for worse.
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So many unfinished projects! What's stopping you? Where are you going with this? It can be difficult to manage our own time effectively, we have to rise above our desires to procrastinate. Being a creative person requires many layers of work that each have their own flavour and guidelines. We have to be able to see it through on each level. Often it's a matter of motivation. If you're not short on the rent and looking to eat properly, what keeps you working? Even if it does result in your necessary income, we can still fall into the trap of not doing enough. Work that ends up in people's lives has to be completed to a high standard. Let's look at how we can achieve this by ourselves.
Break The Loop
We all have routines that keep us on the right track. Hopefully our routines are comprehensive enough to keep up busy all week. This can be limiting though. We can get bored and tired of routines and we can also neglect things that we forget to include. The little things and the big things matter just the same in professional circles and that ultimately means more work. Break from the loop to take a holistic look at what you're achieving and see what you can adapt and bring up to standard. Take time to break from the merry-go-round and listen to its music. You may find there are plenty of little and simple jobs just waiting for you to notice.
You're a creative person, so be creative as much as you can. If we stick to one process or one art-form for too long then it can cause our talent to look tired. Even bands that have a synonymous sound shift their album direction and particular highlighted techniques every time they make something new. Their stage show changes and the merchandise has updated styles. This is how you need to think in order to bring out the best in your work. Your projects will be richer and more accessible for it.
Harness Your Emotions
Emotions come naturally to all of us. Some have a higher degree of feeling that comes with them. They can cause us to be rude, obnoxious, foolish, and many more things. They can also give us the impetus to draw on incredible creative energy. For positive or negative, our emotions provide us with a stimulus to create from a deep and primal source. Whether we use our work to distract us or use our work to feel deeply, if we can maintain an awareness of our need to stay positive in the workplace, emotions can be highly motivational.
Be A Helpful Manager
Managing our own time is not much different to managing someone else's. If we can be a good manager for ourselves, make reasonable demands and issue reasonable rewards, things will flow more smoothly. We need to be consistent, and we have to nurture trust. This requires us to be predictable in quality and in availability. We have to be able to put down the games and pick up the pen. Not only this, we also have to make sure that time is taken to do things properly and well. Make sure that you have the self-control needed to switch off the entertainment and make space for work. Not just today but everyday.
How is education related to our mental health?
Knowledge is power, and that means ability to make changes. Understanding any of life's journeys helps us to get further than before. Many of us have unsettling experiences with education. Perhaps school felt more like prison and the benefits of learning were lost among anxiety and pressure. Maybe the teachers didn't engage and as you were left out of conversations your attainment fell further and further behind. Perhaps you were advised to study a subject you didn't want to study and now wish you'd taken something else. There can be all kinds of negative experiences around education, however now you have the control. As an adult you can be at the helm with your learning. But why bother?
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Life is about growth. When we're young, we grow in height and then finish around the same time we leave school. The mind and our personalities don't stop there though. People grow up in maturity until old age. The more life we live, the more awareness we gain of its processes and quirks. By accepting the need to grow we can find that education specifically for our needs and wants is actually really beneficial. Often mental health problems arise because we feel stagnated and isolated. By walking our life's path with a willingness to grow and learn, we can prevent these feelings.
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New skills mean new opportunities. Better opportunities mean a better quality of life. Often the difference between two outcomes is the opportunity offered. Two equally as smart people can end up in two opposite sides of society. Education ensures that we always have the potential to climb societies ranks through knowledge and hard work.
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By gaining new insights and understanding of things that interest us we gain a satisfaction and enjoyment. It really does feel good to know, especially when we have an interest in the subject. Also, achieving goals in education helps us feel that we are doing our best. Achieving targets of learning gives us an impetus to feel pleased with ourselves and nurture self-respect.
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Education often involves meeting new people. Even online, there will be forums and discussions available for like-minded learners to meet. When we find people willing to talk about the things we are interested in, it can really help us feel connected. Finding groups of people who enjoy what we enjoy can really help our social life and ability to like ourselves.
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Learning gives us a sense of identity. We are what we do in many respects and so what we do has to be something that makes us happy. Our identity in the world depends on what we choose to learn and work at. Of course there are other factors like clothes and music taste, however our function in society plays a large role in how others perceive us. By choosing something that we feel comfortable with and feel happy to do, we find that our sense of self-esteem is given a natural boost.
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Why is morale important?
Genuine happiness is like a garden, it must be cultivated and weeded regularly. Unhelpful thoughts and painful perceptions can crop up all the time, in the world there are many things that want to take away our happiness. When confronted with a problem, it makes us unhappy and we attend to the problem. If our morale is at a low, it's possible that we no longer attend our problems and therefore unhappiness grows further. So like a keen gardener, we make regular effort to maintain our state of mind by addressing our problems and by refusing to grow thoughts that cause us to feel down.
Happiness isn't just about you though. The people around us want to be happy too. Even if they work directly under you, their happiness is important. Here is a list of reasons that show why the happiness of those around you is a priority.
Happy People Enjoy Themselves What Ever They Do
You want productive people in your team? They need to be happy. Most of us can cope with depressive people around us but it requires effort. We are continually tolerating exchanges of energy which drain our morale. When people around us are happy, there is no longer this draining effect. We can get on with solving our own and shared problems. We want the people around us to be glad to work and glad to co-operate with you. Happiness makes this possible.
Happy People Are More Imaginative
Using the brain takes energy. If we're unhappy it's likely that we are spending energy on blocking out unhelpful thoughts. To be imaginative we need to be able to use our mental freedom. When we're happy we are more able to think about inventive and new ways of looking at then solving our problems.
Happy People Don't Hide Their Mistakes
No-one likes making a mistake or being mistaken. If a person is unhappy to begin with, they will likely take their errors personally and they'll become vectors for shame or anger. They may even fear the repercussions. When we don't take our errors seriously we lose quality and bring the team down. When happy people make mistakes they are more likely to accept it, make amends, and learn.
Happy People Help Each Other
When you have a goal to achieve you want positive support. The bigger the goal, the more support you'll need. Unhappy people tend to radiate pessimism and weakness. They don't project confidence. We won't be effective if those around us are providing unhelpful input. Happy people understand that happiness is essential and thereforesay and do things that promote happiness. They take problems seriously and offer genuine support while working to their best abilities.
Happy People Take Better Risks
The world of art is risky, business in general is full of risk. We have to take risks and put our faith in our skills and our ability to connect with our customers. If we are happy, we are more likely to take risks within our scope of possible. Unhappy people can find themselves playing a lottery with desperate efforts in a hope to get a win. This is because the perception of the problem and the path to its solution are distorted through pessimism and unhappiness.
Happiness Reduces Stress
Stress is a major contributor to failure. Often it's not the problem that's the problem, it's the tool. We have to maintain ourselves and keep ourselves prim in order to provide the service our customers deserve. Happiness is integral to this process. Stressed out and unhappy people don't want to spend time on anything new, they don't want any fuss, they just want to do their thing and go home. This kind of team-member isn't going to perform as well as you need them to.
Happiness Is Contagious
One person's happiness is another person's joy. We like being around happy people, they inspire us to be happy, and they make us feel at ease in our environment. This all matters for the team, for the customer, for the world in general.
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More people have an audible voice than ever before. With opinions from multiple perspectives challenging the status quo on all sides, it's the consumer who decides which ideas proliferate. Which paper do you read, which blog do you read, what music do you listen to, which news network do you subscribe to, what brand of product do you put your money into? Each brand represents a voice, and we as responsible customers choose ones that resonate with our own views. We need to appreciate the shifting tides in what is seen as respectable and what is not.
Perhaps in the past, a good leader has been defined on how well they can hold their vision, their picture of the world. They then create products and ideas that fit this vision and market them. This has worked when positioned well and repeatedly advertised again and again, customers grow to be interested over time. Now though, things are not quite the same. We have a lot more on offer from a lot more varied sources. Perhaps this has diluted the quality somewhat but there are many plus sides. Equality is vastly improved with modern technology, and it is only education level and ability to manage the technology that truly sets one apart from another when given an equal voice platform.
Leaders have to adapt to a much more dynamic set of guidelines. The consumer market is no longer as directable as it once was, because we have gradually learned to be more savvy and to show more consumer responsibility. Progressive leadership allows us to lead in an environment that is much less in our control. It provides a system that enables a power structure to remain for practical purposes yet empowers the whole in a mirror image of the consumer market being produced for.
Here are four vital elements to consider when leading a path in the modern and progressive age.
Take Your Time
You're a leader, you set an example with your work and relationships. These things stick around in people's minds and serve as templates for their own efforts. So make sure you do things really well, taking time to get everything right. You don't have to rush or do a dozen jobs per day. Just get the main thing done as well as you can then begin planning on the next one. It matters that you don't resonate panic or reluctance to get stuck in, you are what the others look to for support.
Don't just look for people who share your vision, find those who expand it or bring new dimensions to it. The world is a diverse and multicultural place with an almost infinite number of directions an idea can go. Who and what is this for? A diverse team of different personalities can help enrich this process of discovery.
Stop Being A Know-It-All
No-one is a know-it-all, only it feels good to be considered an intellectual authority. We can sometimes get caught up in this sensation and rank that we stop being able to learn. If we think we already know the answer, the truth can stare us in the face and we won't see it. There'll be some excuse or non-related reason that prevents us from acknowledging the reality.
Work To Serve
We are not bosses who instruct and demand, no-one really wants to work for people like that. Perhaps some of us need to, if they lack the self-drive to get things done – who knows? Yet, as a progressive leader we work to serve. Our product is a service whether we make food or write a blog. We make something happen in the world that other people want. This is how we earn money isn't it? The top of the ladder still points in the same direction as the lower steps, and a progressive leader knows this. They do things in the way they want at the advice of those around them, acknowledging the guidance of those with more experience. When someone comes to you for leadership, be the prop that holds them up not the weight that holds them down.
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