Retrospect – Make your Impact as a Creative Leader Event

When I think of unleashed creativity, I think of the great artists and savants who have changed the world, and I tend to place them in the category of “superhuman”. At the “Make your Impact as a Creative Leader” event, we were all challenged to think otherwise. Creative leadership is attainable, but unlocking that potential requires us to go through the path less travelled – the path into ourselves. We are so busy looking outside for the right circumstances that we ignore the internal barriers that sabotage our potential. “Break your own rules” was the first lesson Elaine Frances taught us that afternoon. Break the rules inside your head and the rules in your life by listening carefully to thoughts that tell you “cannot”, “should not”, “must not”. The path of the creative leader starts with self-compassion, because there will be many opportunities to fail. With self-compassion, we can always learn, grow and see our failures as progress. Therefore, be kind to yourself, and set a framework where there are no bad ideas and all perspectives are valuable.
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BSL’s Redesigned Interior: Fostering Creativity & Collaboration

In most schools and universities, you won’t get appreciated for the doodles and sketches you made on the classroom wall in a sudden outburst of creativity. You’d probably be scolded for inappropriate behavior to say the least. In BSL, you are actually encouraged to do exactly that. Each classroom offers designated areas for wall writing and a choice of colorful chalk. Students can access such areas any time of the day during school’s opening hours with no supervision or proof reading. Now, you may think this is a risky or naive thing to do for a serious business school. We think there’s more to it.

We came up with the BSL interior redesign project (July-August 2014) as we looked for solutions to better reflect who we are and what we care about as a business school. The project took a few weeks of brainstorming and planning, many Skype meetings with Elena and Alfredo  – our amazing art partners from Housatonic Design Network, and three days of painting by the “Great Five” (Alfredo’s team). The Italian feel for artwork is certainly what made this ride an enjoyable one more than anything else :). Continue reading

Thinking out of the box

To me, as a Business Psychologist, but also an HR professional,  if there was only one single thing I would like my students to leave the room with is to always keep their mind open to the unexpected, to innovation and creativity. I want my students to understand that whatever their professors tell them, whatever they learned in the past, whatever they will experience in the future, they need to keep their minds open to something that is different, to something that wasn’t in their grasp, in their training, in their know-how… Continue reading