Creativity is the residue of wasted time
good interview with the author that explains the book from his point of view.
His first book was a great insight to decision making: "How we decide"., which I briefly reviewed here and have quoted elsewhere.
For project managers, this is all about innovation and new ideas, and how to make a project situation fertile ground.
Jonah reports on the way many innovators and people of great ideas work. Here are a few points from a recent TV interview:
- First, epiphanies often come at times of great relaxation. "You have to make time to waste time"
- Second, it takes a village in a manner of speaking. We socialize for success or fail alone is Lehrer's way of putting it.
- And third, the way we communicate and interact has great bearing: the most imaginative things come from the most casual and informal events. Bumping in the hall; gathering informally for coffee. What others have called communication by osmosis. Think about this the next time you think about a virtual team.
See this great little video that in amusing way illustrates the book.
IMAGINE: How Creativity Works from Flash Rosenberg on Vimeo.