Thinking Inside the Box: How Tough Times Fuel Creativity and Innovation

  • Room: ACC North, 200 Level, Room 256
Wednesday, May 24, 2023: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM


Single Presenter
Kyle Scheele
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We’ve all said it: “If only I had ________, then I could do ________.” We’re convinced that the only thing standing between us and our best work is more money, more time, more resources, more buy-in, a better team, a better boss, a better piece of software… the list goes on. But the truth is, creative work thrives within constraints. True creative work exists in the gap between what you have and what you think you need. It showed up when the Apollo 13 astronauts had to make square filters fit round tubes. It showed up when a global pandemic made in-person work a liability. And it’ll show up for you too, once you let go of misguided beliefs about what true creativity requires. In this talk, author and provocateur Kyle Scheele will: show how constraints are the breeding ground for creativity; identify the difference between constructive constraint and restrictive constraint; help reframe the constraints in your organization and find the solutions you’ve been searching for; give you tools and exercises to break through creative blocks.