I don’t mean a whitepaper, but just a sheet of white paper. Perfectly for drawing: give it to a young child, together with some pencils, and it will create a fine drawing, sprung out of a free mind. It doesn’t matter that an animal isn’t anatomically correct or that the roof of the house is way too big. The mind is free, so everything is possible.
How different it is when you give that same piece of paper with the same pencils to the same person, only a couple of years later. After learning what not to do (because that is basically what learning does), creativity has gone. And while I perfectly understand why some boundaries have to be set, I don’t understand why people have to be limited in creativity. After only a few years, we can fill a pre-printed drawing sheet perfectly with the colours matching the subject. We even can keep the colours within the lines. But we cannot imagine drawing something else on the drawing sheet, add some flowers, a tree, some fishies.
Improvement and chances
In our professional life, it works just the same. We go to work, and we can see things to improve. We take a shot. And then, we are bound by people who work there already for ages, by regulations, by law, by… You know what I mean? Boundaries are everywhere. And even though I think some are good and necessary, a lot of boundaries are old fashioned. The sole purpose of them is to stay people, your employees, your colleagues, from selfimprovement. Take away the unnecessary boundaries. Allow people and processes to be improved. Don’t think in impossibilites. Don’t think in opportunities either. Think in improvement and chances.
In the end, we can all be that young child with the piece of white paper and the pencils. What a colourful world that will be.