We’ve got forty-four days left in 2021 and thirty-eight days until Christmas. Whether or not we celebrate this particular holiday, we certainly can’t escape it. It feels like everyone is talking about the supply chain issues and how Christmas will be impacted with packages and goods stuck on containerships in the Pacific Ocean. But what if we looked at this as an opportunity to show our creative side?
Some of you may be thinking…”Karen, my car needs repaired and the part isn’t available for six months. My oven went kaput, and I can’t get a replacement. These are big things that I cannot create or take care of myself.” I get it. There are some things that are vital, like transportation or appliances. I know I wouldn’t want to have to use my grill and/or a toaster oven for six months, especially with Christmas cookies to be made.
One of the things I do in coaching is help leaders imagine possibilities. We throw off convention and expectations and see what wild ideas can be discovered. Usually within the wild ideas is a foundational truth, value, or belief that creates an opening for the leader to move forward with a renewed sense of purpose, confidence, and/or freedom.
So what if we allowed the perceived obstacles to turn into opportunities for creativity? Part of our job as leaders is to find creative solutions to problems. Where have you let an obstacle stop you? How can you go around, over, or through an issue? Even better, how can you rewrite the narrative in a way that doesn’t heavily rely on habits or ways of thinking?
We might be invited in this time to show a little whimsy and not take ourselves or our problems so seriously. There are options, we may not have discovered them yet!
Questions to ponder:
What problem or issue have I made bigger than it is?
What weird or wonderful solutions can I think of to look at the problem from other vantage points?
How does this creative brainstorming free me up?
Stay curious friends!