Conformity-Sheep“The worship of convention will never lead to astonishment.” Tama J. Kieves

Author and personal development coach Tama Kieves faced a number of challenges after graduating with honors from Harvard Law School, and felt compelled to leave her career as “an overworked attorney” to follow her “soul’s haunting desire to become a writer.”

In her book “Inspired and Unstoppable” she writes, “As a creative individual, visionary leader, independent thinker, soul-healer, or entrepreneur, it’s your birthright to utilize other talents, insights, resources, and innate strategies.

“You are not made to fit into the world…but to remake the world, heal the world, and illuminate new choices and sensibilities.”

[You can hear a brief audio clip of her talking about “What stops us?” in my post Tama Kieves on inspired desire and new directions.]

Many artists and creative leaders in various fields are unconventional, embracing unique thinking, following their own path. Not conforming.

Writer Susan Cain notes “Solitude is out of fashion.

“Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place.

“Most of us now work in teams, in offices without walls, for managers who prize people skills above all. Lone geniuses are out. Collaboration is in.”

But, she adds, “there’s a problem with this view. Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. And the most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies…”

From post: Developing Creativity in Solitude.

Susan Cain is author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

Of course, you can be creative within a more conventional workplace, even wearing approved business clothes. Creativity doesn’t just happen at Google, to pick one example of an innovative corporation. But there can be subtle and powerful ways creative thinking may suffer within conforming groups.

Continued : Conformity and Creativity.