Last week my family and I enjoyed an incredible week of vacation in Chicago !! We took in sites such as the harrowing Skydeck of Willis Tower, the incredible Lincoln Park Zoo and the Cloud Gate “Bean” sculpture in Millenium Park. We ate well in local restaurants and had a glorious time !!
A true highlight for us was the Art Institute of Chicago. My kids are old enough to “tolerate” art and they even sought out some pieces/artists on their own that they “just had” to see. It was cool to experience this with them. They know that I’m an art buff and love to see how people express themselves creatively. A true surprise during our visit was the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit.
Ironically, we walked into the back of the exhibit which featured his work from his final years and we worked our way backwards. What was fascinating was that when we got to the “beginning” of where we should have started, we saw that he started out like other abstract artists of his time.
He hadn’t developed his style like you see here from his painting “Whaam!” from 1963. His colors, styles and brush strokes could have been mistaken for other artists of his time. He chose to develop his own style and approach to art and he ended up one of the most dynamic and memorable creators of Pop Art ever !!
It made me think of HR. (I know that’s geeky, but go with it.) Most HR people I know are great copiers, mimics and people who take on “best practices” that they admire from others. This type of HR is very effective and you can be very successful doing this.
But, what if you released your creativity and took your work, and profession, in a different way? What if there was a Pop Artist just waiting to burst onto the scene to be heard? What if your “work” and art was someday seen in museums and exhibits?
Sound crazy? I don’t think so. Not in the least.
You see, I believe that there is creativity in each of us. Some may repress it or ignore it, but we love creating things as people. HR needs creativity in so many facets. There really are no limits as to what can be done in your role, your company and your field.
Why not be like Roy Lichtenstein who learned from his peers and then took a step out in a whole new direction? Just think of what you could do !! I try to be creative every day in at least one way. This week see if you can join me and release some of the creative brilliance in you just waiting to hit the canvas !! I look forward to seeing your work !!
Image courtesy of Art Encyclopedia 2012