ARTICLES, PODCASTS, & MEDIA
The Type A Creative is for those of us who feel like walking juxtapositions. You know who you are. You can balance spreadsheets just as easily as you can design a logo. Sometimes it’s a little disorienting because you’re a left-brain / right-brain blend that doesn’t always fit into the labels of “artist” or “numbers person.” In this episode, I had the chance to talk about the importance of nurturing creativity across all job description and so much more! (have a listen)
What comes to mind when you think of creativity at work? Is it candy walls, arcade games and open spaces for collaboration and play, or is it something more than that? In the business world, creativity is crucial to driving continuous and big ideas. But, all too often, companies confine creativity to team-building activities and off-sites rather then embedding it deeper into the company culture. (read more)
The idea for worksmart began when I found myself at a place in my career where I didn’t feel fully engaged or satisfied with what I was doing, because I had drifted so far from my creativity.
To make a change, I simply started bringing creativity back into my life, through painting, and other forms of crafting. And it changed everything! Even though I wasn’t directly being creative at work, I saw how being creative in my personal life – impacted the way I showed up at work. (read more)
I recently attended the TEDxLA talks. One of the speakers – Jonah Stillman – said something to the effect of, “Get ready, because the robots are coming.” I initially met his words with anxiety of the unknown. But then I thought, ‘Good, let the robots come. And let that make us uncomfortable enough to get back to what we do best as humans: adapt, create, and innovate.’ As facilitators, we have the ability to use these technological tools to our advantage, and more importantly, to the advantage of our clients, by creating more engaging and impactful experiences. (read more)
Van Lai-Dumone (pronounced “Vun,” like “Fun” with a “v”) is part business consultant, part employee engagement facilitator, and part creative instigator. With her business worksmart, she designs and develops business workshops to create a culture of idea sharing.
This whole idea of idea sharing — collaboration over competition — kicked off our conversation, and we were off to the races (no pun intended). (listen here)
Do what you love.
This is advice we often hear. Although I agree with this for everyone in theory and in an ideal world, it is also safe to say that doing what you love, doesn’t always pay the bills and is not a practical or viable option for many.
If you fall in this category, and are not currently in the position to drop everything and pursue your most heartfelt interests as a career, you can still find ways to be more fulfilled at work, by bringing something you love to work with you. This can be anything from a value, to a goal, to a hobby or interest. (read more)
In this episode of the Creative Soul Mamas Podcast we talk to Van Lai-DuMone about Creative Play in the business world, running a business as a creative mum, developing your niche, selling yourself as a creative and a whole lot more.
Van is the founder of worksmart, a training company that helps organizations cultivate creativity at every level of the organization to drive performance and build a creative and innovative culture.
Her group is rooted in the understanding that we are all creative. Their training workshops and retreats spark and sustain a creative mindset through interactive exercise and creative projects. (listen here)
The workplace is changing. Where hard skills have historically been the most important aspect of hiring and training, there has been a shift in mindset. Business leaders around the world are embracing the relevance of creativity in the workplace. And rightfully so. Creativity is so much a part of our innate human nature — it can be argued that it is one of the most important skills to nurture if we are to tap into our full potential at work. (read here)