I thrive on being creative. I love creating music and words, and I have been known to wonder out loud how awesome it would be to have a job where all I do is focus on being creative. I quickly point out how poor I could be, but I would be happy…I would be creative!
But if I were to be honest, I AM in a job where all I could do is focus on being creative. Am I creating my own music? No. But in a world that is built around reality and responsibility, I think I may have one of the more creative jobs around. While that may surprise you, it certainly surprises me! I desperately want to be creating, writing, educating and helping people, and many days go by that I lose focus and struggle through some very unrewarding periods of my work. I forget that my creative outlet is there if I just turn and focus and decide to push through the distractions that tend to paralyze me…
If I look back on 2013, what did I do? I created very popular user experiences, I wrote articles and traveled the world educating users how to get more out of what we delivered.
Also, I invented.
Inventing at IBM is one of my most creative moments at IBM. This year I was fortunate enough to have 11 patents issued in 2013.
I only mention this to encourage you to be creative in your work…to think of how you, too, can improve the world around you by being creative in whatever you do for a living. Whether we like it or not, our workplace is where we can have the most impact on others because it’s where we spend the most if our time.
If interested, here are my 11 issued patents in 2013 (You can read the details here):
Highlighting related user interface controls
Replicating changes between corresponding objects
Determining a score for a product based on a location of the product
Moving deployment of images between computers
Dynamically resolving fix groups for managing multiple releases of multiple products on multiple systems
Future system that can participate in systems management activities until an actual system is on-line
Management of actions based on priority levels and calendar entries
Content identification and retrieval based on device component proximity
Disc with embedded flash memory and disc drive (not a duplicate)
Disc with embedded flash memory and disc drive
Copying segments of virtual resource definition to create and deploy a virtual resource on a physical resource
How about you? How do you stay creative in your workplace?