“The most common way to shrink someone’s perspective is to put them into a state of fear.”
I remember being very scared as a young person at a school camp. My job was to clean out the butter dishes but not to waste any butter. I had never done this job before so I wasn’t sure what to do. So I did my best.
I will never forget the roar of the teacher who discovered my attempt. I had mixed it all up and mixed the jam and the butter and made a mess of everything.
I was lifted by my neck off the ground by the teacher and yelled at at very close range, face to face
I was terrified. In hindsight that teacher displayed an awful abuse of power. I was 10 or 11 years old and he was a grown man. I spent most of the rest of that camp in a state of fear.
We make choices about the space we create around us. A creative place will be one where confidence is nurtured. Leaders are able to do this with all sorts of people.
They are able to create safe places that enable growth. This place has its challenges. It can be messy but the potential for creativity is far greater.