This is the kids’ corner today! I shall highlight three posts that address children’s behaviors that apply to collaboration and innovation.
- Be completely present in the moment
- Allow for spontaneity
- Move your body! To move is to live and to grow
- Play and be playful
- Make mistakes
- Do not concern yourself with impressing people
- Show your enthusiasm
- Remain open to possibilities and "crazy" ideas
- Be insanely curious, ask loads of questions
- Know that you are a creative being
- Smile, laugh, enjoy
- Slow down
- Encourage others
Seth Godin writes Childish vs. Childlike:
“Childlike makes a great scientist.
Childish produces tantrums.
Childlike brings fresh eyes to marketing opportunities.
Childish rarely shows up as promised.
Childlike is fearless and powerful and willing to fail.
Childish is annoying.
Kids build ’bots; ’bots build teamwork shows an example where kids think for themselves, collaborate, co-design robots and have fun. The post is about sixty-three teams of middle-school students ages 9 to 14 competing in the 11th annual First Lego League Competition.
These behavioral attributes relate nicely to an earlier post in which we discussed that effective collaboration happens at the intersection of assertive and cooperative behaviors.
What do you see in a child’s behavior, that is applicable to collaboration and innovation?