Creativity & Structure. Are They Enemies?
Updated: Apr 8
In most organizations, there is a tension between the things that keep the ship in order: rules, guidelines, operating principles, budgets; and that which often drives innovation: creativity, risk-taking, trying new things. When not managed well, this creates chaos.When managed well it can put you at the tip of the spear.
Take it From an Operator/Artist
My entire life both personally and professionally my brain has had a proclivity for order. I was even diagnosed with OCD as a child. I always try to find that weakest part of the system and repair it. I always want to build and see the long term value in neat, scalable systems. On the flip side, I have always been an artist. I wanted to be a comic book artist, an animator at Disney, a tattoo artist. So I have a deep creative streak as well. Over the years, I've learned to keep both the left and right side of my brain happy. As it turns out, developing good scalable operational processes and tools is actually an extremely creative process. Along the way, I've developed some best practices to bring the order-minded and the artistically inclined together at work to drive scalable innovation.
Some art from over the years by the Author