Put the office door back on I need to be creative!

This is a reblog of a post I wrote back in 2012. After a couple of days working with Ewan Strickley (@WorkBasedCoach) who gave me the chance to copy, collaborate and compete with I thought I would re share this blog that I wrote at the time.

This blog was prompted by my wife (@crochetkate) after asking me to hang the door back on the bedroom that has become her office, and reading an article in the Sunday Times, “do not disturb : loners do the best work”.

The article draws on a new book that suggests teamwork might actually be stifling the creativity it was meant to encourage. The book “Quiet:the Power of Introverts in a World that Cant Stop Talking”.

Reading the article she proclaimed thats me!

“research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption”

“I prefer listening to talking, reading to socialising, and cosy chats to group settings. I like to think before I speak (softly). I’ve never given a speech without being terrified first, though Ive given many. And somehow I know that everything I’ve ever accomplished, in love and work, I owe to these traits”.

My wife Kathryn has a slight preference toward introversion, and her Myers Briggs Type (MBTI) is ISTJ. This means she has a preference for introversion, loves facts, logically thinks and likes everything planned and organised. I am completely opposite!

Her MBTI type preference can be summarised as:

“quiet, serious, earns success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical and matter of fact, realistic and responsible. decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Takes pleasure in making everything orderly and organised – their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty”

Kathryn completely agrees with the MBTI thumbnail of her personality type, and she is very creative. In fact she works in Consumer Insights for a leading food manufacturer on new product innovation. Whilst she works with lots of creative marketing peeps, she needs to “withdraw” to her quiet space to reflect, and form her ideas and insights.

So when are you most creative, maybe “re hanging the office door”, getting out of the open plan, or just getting out for some reflective time might pay results for you.


If you would like to know more how your personality preferences might impact your creativty, innovation or performance at work please get in touch. Some personality feedback and coaching might unlock some insights about yourself.



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