A favorite exercise I use in working with groups is to ask the question above. I’ve done it hundreds of times. The “joke” is that work either doesn’t get mentioned or it is one of the very last places. Here we are talking about the importance of creativity and innovation in our economy, yet our workplaces are the last places to be if we want to be creative!
The places folks mention are “walking/running, the shower, driving, meditating, sleeping, gardening, etc. The common denominator: relaxation and time to think. So, it makes sense that the workplace can be challenging for that. Phones ringing, emails, instant messages, people dropping by, meetings….Not conducive to relaxation and time to think.
Some good news is that as notion of the work “place” expands (see one of the dozen surprises on place), it is increasingly permissible to leave the office and work somewhere else….in the future, that will increasingly be a place of relaxation, so find your creative space, and claim it! Andy Hines