August 1, 2013

News & Opinion: Think Differently

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 6:35 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

When we think of creativity, we often forget the broad sphotocope of what that means. We look to alter details, not scrap entire systems and start from scratch. In some ways, we attempt to make the process of doing what we're supposed to do more interesting, and that's it.

Erik Wahl, in his new book Unthink (and his work in general), calls for us to go further, to not just do something creative, but to undo and rebuild entirely what we do and how we do it. You can read more about the book in our review.

Recently, Erik sent us one of his esteemed paintings, such as he produces on stage at his events. As a business speaker, he combines visual art into his talks as a metaphor for acting creatively. It's also interesting to note that by doing this, he's breaking expectations of what a business speaker/author is supposed to do. Whether you're an author or not, think about that approach, and how it might be applied to your work. It's always a good time for positive change.

Thanks for the painting, Erik! It inspires all who walk into our office to think differently.


About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.