If you act virtuously you do not need to think anything new. You simply do what you have learnt. Something which has been learnt, will be performed in a well practised way, in accordance with the situation and the context. At the same time, depending on ability, a perfect performance will be provided. At a piano concert you do not want the pianist to play different notes from what the composer has written. With companies this also applies in different departments: at the conveyor belt and in the accounts department strict rules are applied and the virtuous ability and long-term reliability of the individual are especially in demand. However, these kinds of activities are not especially constructive for the employee.
The one-sided limited occupation and the blocking of all the employee’s own creative initiatives lead to dullness and triviality in the quality of life.
Therefore, it does not depend so much on how well something was learnt (virtuosity). Authentic – individual – expression (creativity) is more important. Only through such authentic expression, borne from the inner self, can other people be reached on a subtle level of human interconnection (social intelligence). This expression is required to get true feedback and to identify your present reality, and this is the precondition for effective intuition.
Efficiency is different from productivity, which is achieved only through completing specific tasks. The industrious working away at specific tasks is rarely efficient! Efficiency means “to hit the mark at the right time” which simply is intuition based on present reality – CREATIVITY!
To be creative means to create something in your own way. To behave creatively means to express oneself in a non-standard way. The opposite of creativity is virtuosity. The impetus comes from within. The expression is on the outside.
Each person can be creative. Creativity is a natural characteristic the expression of which is more or less supported, moderated or suppressed by rules, social standards of behavior and education.
Imagine children playing with building blocks. The children are happy and are laughing as only young children can. The bricks have been stacked haphazardly. But the children are having fun.
Then, usually, something happens which has a defining influence on the children in the future. An adult arrives and sees that the wall is not straight. The adult joins the children and explains to them: “What you have made is really great. I will show you how to do it properly”.
...show you how to do it properly.
– Please let this sentence really die on your tongue. Do you remember what it was like for you. How many nice adults instructed you in this way but then brought you right back down. How many times did it hurt? How much pleasure was lost?
This is how we learnt to behave in conformity with the rules and to survive in society. But what happened to our creativity? Our harmless joy? Have we retained a small amount of freedom with which we can express ourselves? Or have we become resigned inside.
Can you remember which of your behaviors result from what you have been told and which of your behaviors you learned and defined on your own? to some extent we all have to learn from others how to behave, but if you rely on others to perfect your performance, nurture your intelligence and develop your talents in life, you are virtually dead. Life is creativity. Creativity is like an idea, a spark which shows a divine space. Creativity is born from presence - being here and now. Creativity is stimulated through inspiration.
Strangely, in terms of origin, creativity has nothing to do with competition and comparison of performance. It is not about getting one’s “kick” or a tiny bit of happiness from being better, bigger or faster. Instead specifically developing yourself and making yourself stand out with respect to others shows a lack of your own creativity.
The individual authentic way is unique. For this reason there cannot be any competition. There can only be competition where it is a question of copying a specific way. Putting a mask on is simpler in so far as you know the role to be played and know how this is regarded and accepted by others. Anyone who really wants to be creative, must first jump over his own shadow and set himself free from the opinion of others.
High regard for the “individual authentic way of being” must come from each individual himself. Without one’s own acceptance, high regards and commendations by third parties result in a mask or a role again becoming manifest.
To live creativity means authentic thinking and acting, free from prejudices and educational definitions. In our society education is unfortunately characterized by culpability. Thought and action which do not conform are declared wrong. Here, we are not referring to really culpable acts, such as murder and other crimes which hurt other people, but the easily suggestible sense of duty such as: “If you do not help me, then you are to blame ...” or “If you do that or do not do that it will be your fault that ...” or “if you do not do what I say, you will be to blame”. We all have plenty of these kinds of examples. What do they do? They serve or served to exercise control. They hold us back, prevent us from experiencing things and trying them out. Consequently they hamper our creativity.
It is just the same within the company. “If you do that differently from the successful, previous employee, it will be your fault if it does not work.” This is not motivation. We all make mistakes. In order to continue to be creative, it is more beneficial, if we can forgive. It would take a very long time, if we wanted to resolve all the many guilt models from our upbringing during a psychological consultation. It is much easier to forgive oneself, and, of course, others as well. This is quicker and we are free to look forward again and live our lives in a creative way, to experience the world and its possibilities in a creative way, to cry and laugh in an authentic way, experience more quality of life at the same time and be more efficient in our work.
A meticulous and holistic design of the working environment, however, can promote creativeness and significantly contribute to the wellbeing of body and mind. This design also promotes productivity and innovation.
We direct our attention to the basic principles and contexts. This facilitates the generation of additional possibilities by means of integral individual office planning. Creative ideas and concepts of interior designers and architects and their effect on the health and capability of the individual and the entire team can be analyzed in advance using the Vital-Office® Concept.