Creative thinking separates the successful from the herd.
Each year I assist a certain political group in Colchester in their elections, this year I decided not to be involved. When people have run out of ideas, have stopped being creative it fails to impress me. The mundane approach to lack of money is raise tax, and bring about cuts; important considerations, but on their own uninspiring and uncreative.
The cash problems of a council is reflected in a government, a business and the individual; their approach is often the same unoriginal response of following the herd. Those that opt for a creative approach to problem solving often are inspiring and successful in resolving a cash crisis.
I read the WordPress blog of an unemployed middle-aged man, who moaned at the unfairness of life. The blogger to his credit made the effort to attempt to find a job, but it was unoriginal routine methods he used. The blogger applied to newspaper job vacancies, looked at Craig List, did the sort of thing thousands of competitors were also doing. By being unoriginal his chances against a vast competition for few opportunities was slim. Through creative thinking he could look to create opportunities nobody else would know about. Two thirds of job vacancies are never advertised, and so getting the sense of where those jobs are, catching the attention of a decision maker, perhaps through networking, could pay the blogger dividends.
When I studied the Victorians of Colchester, I was impressed how resourceful they were, leveraging their knowledge and skills to maximum effect; with an adaptability to change their method to changing situations. Everyone has assets, skills and knowledge that can be leveraged, there is always a need out there for what can be offered. This is so for business, for they can spin-off a product to a new market, or adapt something for an alternative use through creative thinking.
Government and council appear unable to think creatively, preferring the routine way of cuts to services and raising tax; they seem unable to grasp that they can create an environment to draw money towards their areas of influence, which by indirect means benefits their cash flow. For Colchester I could suggest creating a department dedicated to applying for grants, something that could attract millions of pounds to Colchester; or to leverage their collection of clocks by hiring out to the film industry.
Those who think creatively will always rise above those who can’t.