Do the Mess Around

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“Do you really want more creativity and innovation in your workplace or are you just giving lip-service to a kind of change you have no intention of implementing?”  Those are words lifted directly from this featured post, written by Peter Himmelman, who not only is a contributor to Forbes (from where I lifted this article), but is also a great musician to whose music I’ve been listening for over twenty five years.  This post of his questions creativity in the workplace, and the willingness of companies to allow people to make a mess and see what happens.  “Creativity demands experimentation”.  This holds true in every business…in every walk of life.

Speaking personally, I know that I’ve been hampered in the past by companies whose credo may have encouraged us to “think outside of the box”, only to actually place us in larger boxes.  Is it lip service, or do businesses really want to shake things up?

I know that, even as a child, I was never very good at coloring within the lines.  Now, I look upon that as an asset, and I enjoy knowing and working with people who aren’t afraid to make a mess.

Okay…I’d wear a smock or something.  But still…

I know I’ve referred to Peter Himmelman in at least one previous post.  I do need to show him some musical love here too.  Find him, listen to his works, and enjoy!  Here’s one of my favorites:

Mike Schenker, MAS
Mike Schenker, MAS, is an award-winning promotional products industry professional and All That at Mike Schenker, Consulting. He’s been a distributor and a supplier, and has a view of our industry which can best be described as “unique”.  He takes the promotional products business very seriously, but not himself, and his reflections on all things imprinted can be found in his monthly column for PromoCorner.  He is one of the admins of the popular Promotional Products Professionals group on Facebook, a two-time candidate for the PPAI Board of Directors (but he’s not bitter), a member of the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2014 PPAI Distinguished Service Award.
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