April 11, 2011 — 7 Comments

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Last week I was at a conference that happened to be on a Caribbean cruise  – what a great experience!  The main purpose of the cruise was to re:create – to realize the creativity each of us has within. There was time built in to actually enjoy the cruise, but more importantly to ponder our own creativity and discover how to continuously re:create ourselves.  There were several very wise speakers – Mike Hyatt, Randy Elrod, Ken Davis, and Pete Wilson – each with their individual area of expertise and focus. They each caused me to stop and think in very different ways, and I really appreciated the opportunity to be reminded that, as a leader, I am creative and need to  continuously broaden my thinking in different ways.

Often people think, as leaders, that we are not creative.  Fortunately, that is a myth. Creativity is problem solving: just as a painter sees a beautiful scene and recognizes it needs to be painted so others can enjoy it, a leader sees unmet needs and brings resolution to those challenges in creative ways. If we were not creative we would not have the capacity to lead effectively – constantly providing guidance and direction to others that may have little in common with us, deriving new policies and processes that will evolve our domain, or creating new business models that will evolutionize our organizations or industries in unforseen ways. You may not paint, take incredible photographs, write songs or beautiful prose – however, if you are out there making a difference in peoples lives and trying to change your world, chances are… (yes, I will say it!) you are creative.  If you are not doing these things, perhaps you should consider the opportunity you have missed – and re:create!

How do you constantly Re:create to impact your world?

Please engage the discussion and let us know how you are creative in your leadership role. Feel free to contact me at  Sheri.Mackey@LuminosityGlobal.comor by visiting our website at Check back soon for the next post on Leadership Across Boundaries and Borders.


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Sheri is The Global Coach, founder of Luminosity Global Consulting Group, Global Executive Coach, Speaker, Writer and Global Business and Cultural Expert.

7 responses to Re:Create…Yourself

  1. I love the whole idea that even if we are not “artistically creative” that we, as leaders, are truly creative. Thanks for showing us that! ~ Melissa

    • Thanks Mel! It is important to occasionally remind ourselves that we are creative in multiple capacities – often if we don’t, no one else will think to! ~ S

  2. Lindsey Gilstrap April 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

    “Creativity is problem solving: just as a painter sees a beautiful scene and recognizes it needs to be painted so others can enjoy it, a leader sees unmet needs and brings resolution to those challenges in creative ways.”–Sheri, this quote is fantastic! I feel so very blessed to have gone on the Re:create Cruise and to have gotten connected to so many inspiring stories and people! I am onto your blog now and look forward to future posts!

  3. Well since I’m not the creative one here… I guess I come up with stuff every now and then.

  4. How funny that as I started reading the excerpt on LinkedIn, Randy Elrod came to my mind just to see him mentioned in the full article. I guess there’s no need to point out his contribution in helping bridge the “divide” between artistic leaders and other leaders (so much for my creativity in coming up with an original example though). But I think the false notion is similar to the IQ/EQ debate. Neither on its own or in the extreme is helpful, it’s a leaders wisdom that connects the two.

    • We’re tracking Chris – I really like Randy and his ability to help us all understand that creativity doesn’t have to look one, traditional way! I do think you are right, a leaders wisdom and self-knowledge are a critical component in the value chain.

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