by KATIE WADE AND JESSICA MCCRACKEN of CREATIVE SPARK, A COVIA COMMUNITY SERVICE
Creativity. A bit of a loaded word, yes? Many of us don’t identify as creative, or perhaps someone in our childhood told us we weren’t. Maybe you were told you weren’t creative because your drawing wasn’t lifelike or your grammar wasn’t correct or your scrambled eggs were too dry (a personal example). But creativity isn’t about doing it “right.” It’s about claiming your own creativity and the freedom of expression that affords. The impact? A more joyous life; one marked by purpose and resiliency.
Be Well: Dynamic team members support the whole person by building resilience (i.e. tapping into our creativity) within staff, teams, and residents. How does your organization experience wellness through creativity?
Connect: With residents, external stakeholders, and staff, it is crucial that we connect to our individual selves, an energizing purpose, and to each other. How might you utilize technology to encourage team cohesion?
Grow: Lead with vulnerability, encourage confidence in residents and team members, and keep your skills sharp in this ever-changing workplace. Check out your Resident Engagement Index Score to identify an area of potential growth.
Culture Shift: Provide proof of listening to residents and staff alike, which helps promote a culture of innovation and joy that resonates beyond your immediate environment. How can you nurture a shift towards empathy and joy in your work?
May you find inspiration that leads you to greater impact in your work this week. Big and small moments, infused with magic, wherever you may find them. While you are handling what might feel a mundane task seemingly so far from your mission, we are rooting for you. We root for all of us to pursue the most important elements of health and life: connection, wellness, growth, and culture shift.
Want to learn more about these creative engagement principles and how they apply to your work? Contact Creative Spark at: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.covia.org/services/creative-spark.