The positive response to one of my recent blog posts ("A Look In The Mirror: Are You Creative?") made me suddenly aware that there are quite a few folks out there who feel challenged in bridging the gap between their personal creativity and the normal corporate ethos.
If this is you, I know it can be unpleasant at times. You feel frustrated. You doubt yourself. You wonder if it's you, or them.
We invest heavily in our jobs and careers, and we would like more from the investment than our paycheck. We want very much to make meaningful contributions, and hopefully be recognized for those contributions. I meet these people across many professions: technical, legal, healthcare, teachers, etc. I've learned to recognize them quickly.
But how to go about bridging that gap between creativity and consistency?
I've been thinking about it, and I've come up with some guidelines that might help if you're so afflicted.
They've worked for me -- they might work for you as well.