Break Some Rules

Some years ago an eminent conductor injured his right arm. For several weeks he was forced to conduct as a lefty. Though already considered one of the world’s great musicians, reviewers commenting on his left-armed conducting said he was never better.

I’m not asking you to break your arm, but you’ll find new ways to be creative if you break some rules occasionally. Start with the little rules we all make for ourselves, such as the route you take to work, or the order in which you put on your clothes. Try breaking those rules and see what happens. You can be a bit more provocative by changing the chair you usually sit in at meetings. What new ways of thinking might emerge if everyone sat in different seats? Why are meetings almost always scheduled for 60 minutes? What would happen if you scheduled yours for 17? Try it. You may be surprised.

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