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Children Are Champs at Creativity

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, March 07, 2016
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Resiliency requires the ability to find multiple solutions for an opportunity or a challenge. Leave it to a child to look at us in wide-eyed wonder when they offer up something we never even gave the slightest thought to. Actually, we look back at them in wonder and slap our forehead saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Like Braille!By the age of five, in 1824, Louise Braille had lost his sight.He developed the raised dot system for reading and writing that bears his name today.What I marvel at is that a five year old was skilled enough in the alphabet and numbers to even consider dots.

Remember what it was like to have plain, boring school lockers? Well, if your dad is the CEO of MagnaCard, it took only a request from his daughter to make magnetic locker paper.Her design and patterns netted Daddy a cool $1 million in sales in one year!

Hand a kid a set of Legos and watch imagination run wild. One little guy at age five decided he could create a high-powered rocket launcher. I can’t say it was a commercial success BUT it was a design that certainly was not in the catalog of LEGO images.Plus, it kept his grandparents running wild to collect the projectiles and make sure no one was hurt. (OK, it was MY kiddo.)

Bottom line: if faced with a vexing problem ask a child how they might solve it.The sky is the limit. Throw the doors wide open.Let the light shine in.You might be amazed at whatyou find!

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Since beginning her consulting and training practice in 1980, Eileen has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion. Long-standing clients and repeat engagements attest to her commitment to make a difference in minds, hearts and spirits of organizations and individuals. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine selected her as one of the top 100 thought leaders in leadership and among the top ten consultant providers of leadership development.

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