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?)

We are safer than ever, with longer lives and better health than in recorded history. So, why are people feeling more and more anxious each year?
Google has helped us find tens of thousands of results on “gestation period of a meerkat”, which has robbed us of our ability to sit in uncertainty.

There is a key to thriving in uncertainty this decade: Tolerance of Ambiguity (TOA).

Research shows that high tolerance of ambiguity is correlated with a plethora of benefits such as increased job performance, critical thinking, complex problem solving, improved well-being, creativity, and organisational commitment.  And, companies benefit with less turnover, less absenteeism, better attitudes to change, and more effective leadership.
“Tolerance of ambiguity” is the Rosetta Stone trait that connects creativity to complex problem solving and resilience.

All creativity is uncertain. Standing before a canvas. Decorating a cake. Building a pivot table. Take a deep breath and just start. Eyeballing failure is uncomfortable.
Creativity and Tolerance of Ambiguity are like a pair of superheroes, who band together to form an unbeatable team. Also, they look great in tights.

Caroline presents a rock solid case to convince even the staunchest skeptic to accept their creativity as an inherent, critical, elemental skill to face daily stress with panache.
And did she mention she is a part-time comedian?  No dry bullet lists and droning monotone, pinky swear.

You can learn how to face uncertainty and failure with a creative practice.  Because, to face uncertainty and move forward anyway, no matter what you’re doing, feels the same.  Whether it’s taking a brush to an empty canvas, pressing “send” on a scary email, or deciding who you need on your team.  It’s that moment.  The moment where you courageously step forward into the ambiguity despite the fear can become as habitual as brushing your teeth.

With fun but intentionally relevant activities, we will challenge paradigms, feel our mindset shift, and develop a clear path to execution.

Don’t worry, there won’t be any bunny hugging, fingerpainting, or Kumbaya singalongs – not that there is anything wrong with that.


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Innovation 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 (McKinsey report).  You might have already seen this shift, in response to the turbulence caused by COVID-19.

So, employees will need to shift quickly to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. They will need to learn to change job titles and skill sets, and find creative ways to solve problems. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already started to take over many traditionally technical and analytical tasks. In 2030, 85% of the jobs have not even been invented (Dell, 2017).  How do you prepare for uncertainty? 

Creativity is universally touted as the new skill you need to survive and thrive in the changing world this decade.
And we need creativity for innovation.  Fresh approaches, to help us bridge divides with open minds.  We need curiosity, to seek dissenting opinions and diversity, in order to build a better solution than the status quo.

Everyone is creative.  You can learn the skills to weather any storm, seek out new challenges, and have fun at the same time.

Most people know they need to embrace creativity, lifelong learning, and adapt to change. And, evidence suggests that creativity will be rewarded with higher pay and more opportunities.
Yet, most of us are not meeting our creative potential (Adobe).  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.

In this half day workshop, Caroline uses her nerdy humour to help you connect with your creativity, through paradigm-shifting experiences. A dinner date kind of connection, not just an emoji text to your beloved creative self. As a researcher and veterinarian, Caroline places high importance on data and research, and has a knack for condensing complicated information into the insights that are relevant to you.

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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