Are you familiar with the work of Carol Dweck, and the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset? As a leader, you want to cultivate a growth mindset — both for yourself and for your organization. This week’s newsletter is about a surprising way to do that.

Read on…

In case you didn’t know, for fifteen years I made my living as a professional artist and calligrapher. My work won awards, is featured in publications, and is in private collections around the world.

BUT, the road to get there was rocky.

When I started out, I was so eager to master my new creative passion, and mastery felt so out of reach, that I used to flip through calligraphy journals and weep, because I just knew my work could never be as good as the art I admired in those pages.

I was so impatient!

I was also torturing myself unnecessarily.

Sure, it took awhile, but with time and effort, I did eventually see my own work inside those same pages (and even on the cover).

Cut to almost a decade later.

By this time I had taken up a new creative obsession: jazz singing.

I was a beginner again, just as eager to achieve mastery, and just as aware of how far away it was, but this time there was no weeping.

Instead, I was able to enjoy the experience of being right where I was, while at the same time aiming to get to my far-away target.

How refreshing!

What I didn’t realize when I started out as a visual artist is that art itself is about continuous learning and improvement.

There’s always a new technique to master or a new idea to explore.

Of course, we can allow competition or perfectionism to take over, as I did as a newbie calligrapher. But the practice of art also offers us another possibility. 

By its very nature, if we can stay out of the perfectionism/comparison trap, art fosters a growth mindset, encouraging leaders to seek out new knowledge and experiences, and to view challenges as opportunities for growth.

This is just one of at least ten powerful reasons why I believe all leaders should make time for an artistic pursuit. Music, painting, dancing, writing poetry, jewelry-making — it doesn’t matter what. 

(Want to know the other nine reasons? Stay tuned! I’ll be sharing them in future posts.)

Making time for art is far from the frivolous pursuit you may have been told it is. Art — making things from your creativity — is actually building the core leadership skills and traits that bold, creative leaders need most, of which fostering a growth mindset is just one.

Of course, many of us are intimidated by starting a new creative pursuit. I know I was intimidated to take my first calligraphy class, way back when.

In fact, I truly thought I was a “non-creative person,” if you can believe it!

Now I know there is no such thing, of course. To be human is to be creative!

If you’re intrigued by the idea of getting started with art as a way to build the core leadership skills and traits that bold, creative leaders need most — like a growth mindset —but are intimidated, unsure if it’s for you, or simply “don’t have time,” I’ve got just the ticket for you:

My book, The Creative Sandbox Way is designed to get even the most reluctant creative out of “stuck” and resistance and into flow. And you can download the first 50 pages for free, right here.

And if the idea of making art isn’t appealing, think of it as your gym for building your bold, resilient, innovative leadership. 😉

Meanwhile, when you’re ready to ignite innovation by improving connection, communication, creativity, or all three, book your complimentary Impact Assessment Call and let’s chat about how I can help.


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