Episode 117: Unleashing Innovation Through the Wonder and Rigor of Creativity—with Natalie Nixon
Getting your clients the results they want often means you have to help them get out of ruts in the way they think and operate. Creativity can be a strategic tool to do that. And the more you know about the science behind creativity, the better you can guide them.
In this episode of the Craft of Consulting podcast, Creativity Strategist Natalie Nixon of Figure 8 Thinking explains the science and shares strategies to help them toggle between wonder and rigor to get clients where they want to be.
Natalie Nixon creates ecosystems for her clients where creativity can flourish and they can create new paths to amplify their business value. In this episode, we talk about:
Helping clients answer the questions: what business should we be in and how can we build a more collaborative culture?
Designing, hiring, incentivizing, and retaining for creativity
Expanding the understanding of creativity
Connecting the dots between creativity and business impact so that organizations can truly innovate
Toggling between wondering and rigor to solve problems and deliver novel value at scale
Understanding the role of the parasympathetic nervous system, including intuition, for strategic decision-making
Reframing as a consultant superpower
Understanding the context of how clients landed where they are
Inviting cognitively diverse people into the process, including a few Debbie Downers and Negative Nancies
Starting with prototypes and draft ugly mock-ups to shift the ways of working
Working with the full range of what culture is
Conducting a “loss audit” to reveal and acknowledge people's fears about what they could lose during a transformation
Encouraging clients to become "clumsy students" of something to get them past the uncertain and difficult stages of the work
Unlocking your creativity as a consultant
For more information about Natalie Nixon:
WonderRigor™ Lab online, DIY, self-paced course
Download a sample chapter of The Creativity Leap here
Download the WonderRigor™ Tip Sheet here
In this Craft of Consulting podcast episode, I interview Dr. Paul Marciano, a conflict resolution and behavior modification and motivation expert with a doctorate in clinical psychology from Yale University. He shares what he knows about how conflict arises, what we often do to avoid it, and what we can do instead to get to a good outcome.
Listening Time: 40min.
In this Craft of Consulting podcast episode, I interview Paul Higgins who helps consultants develop sales systems that work. He shares his strategies for using LinkedIn the right way to achieve your business goals.
Listening Time: 41min.