Creativity Ninjas thrive in desolate environments

desolateadjective |ˈdesəlit|(of a place) deserted of people and in a state of bleak and dismal emptiness (my emphasis) : a desolate moor.

Working at — I’ve discovered that creativity is not only suppressed but for the most part discouraged. Sometimes when I’m given an assignment I will go that extra mile to give it a different look and feel. I’ll turn a book to the side or angle it to make it eye catching…instantly the manager or another employee comes by and turns it back or fixes it to be straight.  Other times there will be three books instead of piling them on top of each other, I place one over the other two to give an effect of full and eye appealing….again this gets fixed and the manager jokes they “don’t like all that here (my phrasing).”

What do you do when routine and “standard” hinder your creativity? I feel like (and I’m not alone) routine kills creativity.

Now there are good routines and habits, but I feel like even in a set work out routine for example, taking a different trail or doing different exercises is healthy. It actually keeps the muscles guessing and makes the body work harder, but more effectively.

So how do you implement creativity into the work place when you are clearly discouraged/instructed not to?

I’ve tried the Ninja approach where you simply do it when no one is around to instruct otherwise, I’ve also done it against their wishes, but I find this counter productive and disrespectful. Not only that but it makes double the work because I have to go back and fix it when they don’t like it.

After talking to Jackie I found two statements that answered this question for me.

Basically jackie said, (my paraphrasing) “you can’t go against what they want, because it’s disrespectful and  rebellion. You have to recognize that this environment isn’t right for you and find something else.”

So if you are in this situation, (my paraphrasing)  “you work to put food on the table so you are able to pursue your passion….You have to be willing to make room in your life for your passion.”

Answer to my orginal question “So how do you implement creativity into the work place when you are clearly discouraged/instructed not to?”—- You don’t …simply put, if you recognize it as the wrong environment, get out.

So maybe creativity ninjas don’t really thrive in desolate environments, but are smart enough to know when to abandon a mission in pursuit of something better….

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2 responses to “Creativity Ninjas thrive in desolate environments

  1. When you are in the marketing,design, or advertising dept. of companies, your creativity is appreciated and you are paid for your ideas. When you are hired as a worker or management person, you are paid to implement their ideas. Everyone has their place within a company, and if you want change…then you have to learn the business and work your way up, proving that your ideas create positive production within as well as stimulating a positive cash flow. The corporate office employs a staff of highly motivated people …who want their store/company to be the best. Their ideas come from watching the trends, other similiar businesses, and knowing how to suggest a sale from the public. So, it is not a matter of not being creative, it is a matter of doing the job you were hired to do and being the best at it, this will gain you respect and notice from your management team. The ladder is high and the ladder is long….one has to learn how to take direction before one can give direction. The steps up the ladder are not easy……but, when you find your way, and your passion…the steps become a little easier, because you are now focused on the goal….

    • Thank you,
      That is very true and a completely different view than I was taking on. I like how you were able to offer an valid “action plan” so to speak. I did ask one of the manager’s the reason they stack the books a certain way and he said “uniformity” so for this particular company, that is the trend they feel needs to be followed and nurtured. I still don’t see things the same as they do but you make a valid point about learning the business and earning the right to be heard.

      thanks auntie. 🙂

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