By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to stimulate your ability to more creatively use your existing resources.
Put your hands lightly on your stomach and cough. Did you feel how the muscles in your stomach contracted and pulled when you coughed?
Now imagine your stomach as if it were a blanket full of stitches. Oh, the pain, especially when you had to force yourself to cough up the festering poison in your stomach called phlegm, each cough resonating as if you had virtually pulled on that blanket of skin.
Now put your hand on your stomach and press it and cough. You don’t feel as much pain. That’s why heart patients often squeeze a pillow on their stomachs to ease the necessary but painful experience of coughing after open heart surgery. The coughing experience is so painful that many heart patients would regularly “forget” to cough up their phlegm or cough it up only perfunctorily without earning the full health benefit.
Sir Cough-a-Lot to the rescue.
Sir Cough a Lot is an example of a critically important leadership skill: improvising, turning the ordinary into the extra- ordinary with no additional resources.
Nurses in heart rehab units around the country saw a leadership opportunity, especially when they noticed how many grandchildren visited their heart patients after heart surgery.
Leaders Make Something You Knew New
They improvised a teddy bear to serve as a pillow and introduced the teddy bear as a new “roommate” that would be a visible reminder of the need for their patient to give the teddy bear a squeeze every so often. And of course Sir Cough a Lot caught the attention of the visiting grandchildren and served as a conversation starter for the patient and his family.
Sir Cough a Lot is an example of making something you knew new.
Improvise to keep your leadership thinking in mint condition.
You might also like these previous Leadership Mints on Creativity and Improvising
Wiggle Room of Another Kind
5 Ways to Ride the Rodeo of Creativity
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