The No.1 Competency

Last week a friend said to me ‘You’re an ideas person’.\r\n\r\nI baulked. Cringed. Panicked! Defended.\r\n\r\nAfterwards I wondered why, and then I remembered. Those (many) times over the years when the term ‘Ideas Person’ had been used as a way of excluding or confining or sneering or judging.\r\n\r\nAnd … how many of us like to be pigeon-holed? We like to believe that there’s still scope for change and improvement.\r\n\r\nI took note therefore when this week I read about the ‘IBM 2012 Studyof CEOs’ reported in The Times (I would give the link if The Times was accessible without payment). Checking out the IBM website shows this:\r\n\r\nAccording to a major new IBM survey of more than 1,500 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, chief executives believe that successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require Creativity – more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision.\r\n\r\nSo, YES! I’m an Ideas Person. I practice Creativity on a daily basis. It is the air I breathe and my second language.\r\n\r\nJust don’t forget that I can deliver too … look\r\n\r\nFor the IBM chart on Creativity see here