It’s my pleasure to welcome author Ellen Palestrant as a guest as she visits today as part of her virtual book tour. Here’s Ellen’s article:
Great discoveries and achievements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.
Alexander G. Bell, inventor Alexander G. Bell, inventor
© E. Palestrant 2015
Thank you to Savvy Corporate Planners+ for hosting me on this virtual book tour celebration for the book ‘Have you Ever Had a Hunch? The Importance of Creativity’. I look forward to interacting with your audience and welcome their comments or questions.
Understanding what it takes to create collaboratively, is an essential ingredient in teamwork, be it in the fields of business, the arts, the sciences – in almost all areas of worthwhile collective endeavors. It is important for you to recognize the differences and similarities between creating alone and together – and to appreciate both modes of enterprise along your creative path.
Throughout a large part of my life, I have worked comfortably as an independent creator and as a collaborative one. Working alone and together, has been satisfying for me in different ways because I believe I have truly understood the differences and similarities between individual and collaborative creativity. As a result, I have rarely experienced conflict within myself or with other team members. I am excited by what other people know and I love to learn from them.
I need to create alone; it’s an essential part of who I am. Yet, I so appreciate what I gain when I work with others. Let’s take the area of business as an example. I know I need others to bring a business project to a viable completion. Even if the idea had originally been my own, I, alone, could not have completed it. Teamwork helped me advance what I thought was a potentially big idea into a real, tangible product.
Projects that are too large and complex for one person to undertake and complete, will depend on the work of many and the group energy will help bring concepts to actualization. Importantly, the commitment to the group ensures that deadlines are honored and that all participants do their bit if group members are not to be let down.
We learn from other members of the team and might even find mentors within the group—people who stimulate and extend our experiences and our creativity – and who give us instant feedback and reinforcement. What we learn from observing others, can improve our own work-styles and techniques in a relatively short a time when it would have taken us years to master these new areas in which we now participate.
For you to work well collaboratively, you must first work effectively on your own and appreciate the fact that working alone is a valuable route to discovering and delighting in your own creativity and then confidently sharing it with others. Working alone also tells you at certain points during your work process, that if you want to go further with an idea, that vision now requires many collaborators; many minds, can make light work.
This feature is part of the Virtual Book Tour celebration for Ellen’s book Have You Ever Had a Hunch? The Importance of Creativity. Join the celebration and follow the tour
Ellen Palestrant is a writer, artist, filmmaker, educator, game inventor, hydroponic farmer, creative conceptualizer and creativity consultant. Among her nine published books, HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HUNCH? The Importance of Creative Thinking is now in its Third Edition. EllenPalestrant.com.