John Cleese on Creativity.

In your daily routine, 36 minutes is a big ask, but trust me – watch this at least once. Particularly if you’re a manager, a director, or think you ought to be.

John Cleese explains the simple need for humour to kill self ego, help us see, an essential part of spontaneity and creativity. And my dad backed this theory when he said; “If you can’t look at something sideways, you can’t see it straight.”

Cleese goes on to explain what kind of environment helps this. Surround yourself with people you like and trust. Don’t squash them. Build on positives. “I don’t understand – can you please explain…” “What if?”  “Let’s pretend…””That could also work this way…”

If you really have no time in your hectic schedule, fast-forward to minute 32 and drink it in like a decent Bloody Mary. Realistically, the type of folks he’s talking to will not read this, or watch his speech, but atmosphere and optimism can, on occasion, be infectious. So I’m sharing it.

The advice is nothing new, and could work in any industry. I found this quote yesterday from a very famous Humanist Scientist many call the godfather of Science Fiction:”The most exciting phrase to hear about in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!”(I found it) but “That’s funny…. ”

Isaac Asimov, 1920 – 1992.

Keep smiling. It’s how good things happen.