John Cleese on time, place and flow of creativity
John Cleese provides a ten-minute insight into what many of us know already, but fail to acknowledge:
- We do not know where we get our ideas from (but we do know we don't get them from our laptops).
- Sleeping on an idea can help make its reappearance later so much better.
- Ticking things off and keeping all the balls in the air means you will not have any creative ideas.
- In our frenzied connected world we need to make some time to make some mood for creativity: a tortoise cocoon from which we can check it's safe to come out into a self-created oasis in our lives.
- We need to set aside time and place where interruptions are not allowed - we need to create boundaries of space with a starting time and a finish time, separate from ordinary life, and only then creating a space and place where we can play.
- The problem with some teachers is that they may not know that they are not very creative, and therefore they may not value creativity even if they can recognise it.
- If those in charge are egotistical and wish to claim credit for the work of others, then they shall directly or indirectly discourage others from being creative.
I've consistently found No. 1 hard, No. 2 happens all the time and is why I don't respond well to tight tight deadlines, No. 3 is my weak spot while No. 4 tends only to happen once everything (and everyone else) is satisfied. No. 5 I achieve well and is the reason airplane commutes were invented. No. 6 is harsh on most people I know read and comment on this blog but true for oh-so-many more. No. 7 is proven every day in blog posts from some leaders and educators whose wordcount on 'me' and 'I' is top heavy at the expense of 'you', 'we' and 'us'.