No surprise here, I am a huge advocate of creativity — in business, in the profession, and in life. And I spend a lot of time proselytizing this point. My most recent column for Internal Auditor magazine was about creativity, one of my most recent chapter presentations was on creativity, and next month I will be one of the co-facilitators for The IIA's Creative Problem Solving seminar in Houston.
Yeah, I think this is kind of important.
One of the best ways to develop creativity is to broaden the inputs that are being received. That is, if an auditor wants to be creative, then they need to read more than just internal audit stuff, more than just business stuff, more than the stuff that is expected of a professional.
I've only used this Steve Jobs quote about ten or twelve times, but I'm going to drag it out again. "Creativity is just connecting things."
What that means for the individual who is trying to be creative is that they need a lot of things to connect.
All this as preface to the main point: Have I got a website for you.
Brain Pickings is an amazing collection of thoughts, concepts, and ideas that come from (gasp!!!) reading books. Maria Popova is the power behind this web site, and here is one paragraph from the "About" page that will help explain why I think visiting this website should be a part of your daily routine.
"The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force: it's our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds — that we've accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new ideas."
See why I think you should be here every day? Why, just today, I got some insights on report writing from the discussion on The Portable Jack Kerouac.
Do yourself a favor and start visiting the site. You will learn (whether you want to or not), and it will be an important step on your journey to creativity.