Caroline Brookfield Speaker

Creative Resilience

Offered as a Keynote and a Half Day Session.
On or Off Site Custom Experiential Programs available.

The World Economic Forum predicts creativity to be the #3 required skill in 2020.
CEOs in an IBM study identified creativity as the #1 leadership skill, rated higher than integrity (wow, really?)

Every human is creative – just like every human breathes.  Uncertainty and vulnerability are best friends with creativity. Those who are uncomfortable with uncertainty, who resist vulnerability, often have difficulty expressing creativity because of their high achieving, analytical and critical mindset.

Caroline presents a rock solid case to convince even the staunchest skeptic to accept their creativity as a critical, elemental trait to face daily stress.

“Tolerance of ambiguity” is the Rosetta Stone trait that links creativity, to complex problem solving, and resilience.  Decisions are necessary, even in the face of ambiguity.  A sure bet sounds great, but we can never know everything.  Analysis paralysis can ultimately lead to conflict and anxiety about making the “wrong” choice.  To find a path despite this uncertainty builds intuition, confidence and judgement, despite risking failure.  If we learn how to face uncertainty and failure when the stakes are low, with a creative practice, we build our muscle memory for more significant events.  To jumpstart creativity, we can use activities, mindset shifts, and environmental adaptations.

Don’t worry, there won’t be any bunny hugging or Kumbaya singalongs – not that there is anything wrong with that – the presentation content is firmly rooted in the research about the future of work and the science behind creativity.  Discover how creativity works in the brain, and how it connects to resilience through Tolerance of Ambiguity.  Reviews of peer-reviewed and credible sources exploring the evidence for our ubiquitous creativity. There are optimal internal and external conditions for creativity, which can maintain competitive advantage and develop resilience.


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Creativity for the Future

Offered as a Keynote, half or full day session.

By 2030, up to four (or more) million Canadians may need to change occupations or skills to stay in the workforce, according to a 2017 McKinsey report.

Research and industry leaders predict a fast moving, gig economy in the coming decades.  Employees will need to shift quickly, change job titles and skill sets, and find creative ways to solve problems. Also, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will soon take over many traditionally technical and analytical tasks.   In 2030, 85% of the jobs have not even been invented yet (Dell, 2017).  How do you prepare for uncertainty?  Creativity is a crucial skill that can be used as a practice to build resilience and adaptability – key factors to healthy well-being in the years to come.  

In 2012, Adobe found that about 2/3 of global respondents believe that being creative is valuable to society and the economy.  Also, people who identify as creators report a household income that is 13 percent higher than non-creators. The majority of study participants said that creativity makes them better leaders, parents and studentsHowever, only a third felt they are living up to their creative potential.  With all this untapped creative potential, how do we go about helping employees find their groove?

Everyone is creative.  You can build a team that can weather any storm, seeks out new challenges, and has fun at the same time.

If we embrace creativity, lifelong learning, and thrive on change, evidence suggests we will be rewarded with higher pay and more opportunities.  Also, companies will reap the rewards of higher productivity, competitive advantage, decreased turnover, and happier employees.  Sadly, those who are resistant to adaptation will become obsolete, counting their carrots in their rabbit holes, in the land of Status Quo. 

We are all capable of the creativity we will need to succeed in the changing workplace.

Caroline will show you how, and why, to create a greenhouse for creativity. What are the key points to soften those rigid and technical employees who just want to do it the “way we have always done it”.  Workshops use interactive exercises to realize the different forms of creativity, without touching any paint.  Keynotes engage the audience with stories, seated exercises and paradigm shifting evidence to support creativity’s effects on happiness and resilience.

Above all, rediscover that inner creative child, passionately curious about new challenges, to create a better world for ourselves, our family and the world.

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