Many of you must have heard of Trinidad and Tobago’s (TnT’s) recent success in Project Runway, via Anya Ayoung Chee. The construction of my opening statement is well thought out – for indeed although no individual other than Anya was involved in the decision to compete and submit the Project Runway application form, the country support that this competition ultimately generated, suggested otherwise.
Today’s blog is inspired by a comment that Anya, in typical Trini styling, did things at the last minute and that led to her success.
Creative individuals have a good comprehension of the need for Time Out. It is stimulated by the experience of writer’s block, designer’s block and the emerging awareness that if creativity is to resume, they need to intentionally cease the incomplete task and await the inspiration.
So to return to Anya, was her last minute creativity a result of procrastination or the need for a Time Out? What we do know for sure is that she did have a “creative spurt”.
What would be the impact on productivity and performance if in the corporate environment we were to allow our teams to take Time Out in order for “innovative spurts” to occur?
Time Out…….. the intentional cessation of an incomplete task
Judy Joseph Mc Sween is the Principal Consultant/CEO of Meredith Mc Sween International – facilitating internal transformation in individuals, teams and organisations. Contact Judy for information on her “Time Out Corporate Interventions” Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 684 9827