Sunday, 16 June 2013

A lecture on creativity with John Cleese

I'm not sure how John Cleese will feel about me holding him up, as an example to help missional leaders, develop their creativity, or even by suggesting he knows more about Jesus' ways, than he lets on about, but I find this clip both thought and creativity provoking, so pass it on:

John Cleese on creativity:

  1. Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)
  2. Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)
  3. Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)
  4. Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)
  5. Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humour is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)

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