I recently took a quick left/right brain test to confirm to myself that I am a right brained person. And it did confirm that but only for 4%. I took two different test and it said that my brain have reached a level of harmony where my creativity does not overpower my ability to logically assess, and vice-versa. I guess that comes from my Phlegmatic / Melancholic personality. Still, I feel that my creative self has dominated my career path, even in operations management.
WHAT IS A CREATIVE?
Being a creative is not confined to having the ability to design. I believe that if you have the capability to come up with an idea that has the potential to solve a problem, then you are a creative! A creative is a problem solver. So don’t restrict your notion of a CREATIVE to the stereotypical artsy person. That is just one aspect of the creative. Even programmers can be considered as a creative. If you are reading, you have the potential to be one.
THE CREATIVE IN PROCESS
I have been working since 2002 and through-out the years, my creative side has always been a factor in building my personal routine and business processes. My thinking process is not linear where I see a hierarchy or a chain line. My mind starts at a single point (not even the starting point) and stems out from there. I see multiple possibilities in my head and then decide where to zoom in for possible fine tuning or purging. It’s an organized mess in the beginning, but once I narrow down key areas, I get my notebook and start listing them down in a particular order. Don’t ask me what order because I usually decide once I see what I have written down.
Don’t get intimidated by the messy start, it usually gets clearer once we get to the end. If I get stuck with a mess, I usually scrap everything and start at another point. A successful process is comprehensive to everyone and not just one person. We have to push for clarity at the end, because we don’t want a self-serving process. We should always aim for an inclusive and functioning process.
CONNECT WITH OTHER CREATIVES
My work involves people. I have a core team of 4 supervisors who handle a specific section, and I consider them as my co-creative. Our organizational chart may say that I am above them, but once we start meeting face-to-face or online, their input is as good as mine. I bounce my ideas with my core people and I make it a point to listen to their suggestions. My connection with them is a valuable factor that enabled us to lay down working process in our department. Each section is unique in their roles and responsibilities, yet a certain harmony and sense of unity is seen in the way they collaborate.
We function better within a community. I wholly believe that we are hardwired as social beings and our desire for connection and community is a strongpoint that should be nurtured. The right connection can bring in good results. So don’t consider charging into war alone. You will need someone to watch your back.
STRENGTHENING YOUR BELIEF SYSTEM
As a creative, I adhere to a strong belief system that generally makes up my standard in pursuing ideas. Personal preferences in designing are also influenced by my belief system. As a Christian, I adhere to the infallible Word of God as the very foundation of my core beliefs. Christianity is not a once a week occurrence. We should be living and breathing the very doctrines we are hearing every time the Word is given to us. Every aspect of our lives is part of our Christian living. The moment we have responded to the gospel and made Jesus Lord of our lives, then even our creativity is subject to the standards of Jesus!
If you are reading this and not sure on what kind of belief system you are embracing, then maybe you are destined to hear my story.
GOING FOR THE LONG HAUL
There is a stigma about creative people in management that I want to break. There is this presupposition that we are all over the place, emotional, and too involved…well, sometimes we are but that doesn’t mean we suck at managing processes and people. Just like any other professional, we have our bad days and I wholly believe that we are not defined by our failures.
As a right-brained person who was catapulted to a senior management position since 2010, I think I have gotten the hang of this thing called MANAGEMENT! I haven’t reached the peak of my career in operations management, but the learning curve is much flatter than I expected. I may have a different approach in collaborating with people and building processes, but I think I still hit my goal at the end of the day. I’m still learning and enjoying every bit of it.
If there is one thing I am confident about as a creative, that’s pushing through every project I’m involved with even if the deadline has lapsed. I’m here to see through it even if it takes me longer than planned. I’m not insinuating that deadlines don’t matter….I’m just pointing out that finishing is more important! An unfinished project does not sit well with me, and I think that every creative person has the same sentiment on different levels. Pending projects, whether forgotten or out of negligence, does not leave my system. They haunt me till they are resolved. This is my greatest motivation in developing my processes.
At the end of the day, I know that I am where God intends me to be. I believe with all my heart that my full potential is found in the middle of God’s will for me. I was blessed with a creative mind and a place to flourish. How about you?