Why Schools Don’t Teach Creativity
Jack Nicholson would like a side order of toast with his breakfast in a restaurant.
However, the restaurant does not have a side order of toast on the menu, so Jack thinks out-of-the-box and finds a creative way to get his toast by ordering a chicken salad sandwich (a number 2) on toast, and asking the waitress to hold the butter, the lettuce, the mayonnaise and the chicken, which leaves him with TOAST and leaves the waitress toasted.
The exchange between Jack and the waitress is not a good example of being respectful, but this scene is an excellent example of how creativity can be used to solve a problem. The end of the scene gives a whole new meaning to, “Can we table this discussion.”
Although Jack Nicholson’s technique is not the best way to “Win Friends and Influence People”, you can borrow his approach (minus the table clearing) to work around bureaucratic rules that might be blocking a solution to your problem. Go ahead and borrow, because Picasso said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”
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Curtis Panasuk, Owner/Instructor, Creativity Classes, Inc.