Monday, March 30, 2015

Correction is best when done in the moment.

Before anybody reads another word more I want to make it perfectly clear I respect and admire Harley King as a human being and a literary artist.

Anyone thinking or publishing otherwise is demonstrating unfair bias and is not qualified to address this discourse I now begin with his blog posted at the following uniform resource locator.

But I have a little problem with his blog's assertions.  I find them detrimental to the writing community for the following reasons.

And I rebut those assertions with debate as a creative leader in this post.

I don't believe some one who is an actual creative leader is a harsh critic. They may have high standards, and experience some other emotion or view when they are not met.  However, criticism is a deep, dark path leaders in general vet characteristically in the internal sense and in their external dealings. 

It's just not part of the mind set.  Leaders learn or innately understand what to avoid in cognition in order to preserve the ability to lead - whatever the domain.  

A creative leader also, in my opinion, relies on their talent, skill and also creativity so essentially they treasure it to the point of serving it.  Serving others is a critical aspect of leadership.  

If one is to surpass a certain echelon in creativity or leadership, undervaluing the meaningful qualities that bring value to your work is shunned and are instead things to admire, respect and work with cordially and/or cooperatively whenever possible. 

This is why the process called brainstorming is so inaccurately contextualized.

Creativity is a process, not a storm.  It can happen with sudden intensity often, and can share those characteristics with a storm per se, but it is not a violent, uncontrolled process like a storm using additional characteristics so a full comparison is served.  

This is one of those terrible scarlet letter labels given an otherwise innocent cognitive process working of its own volition.  Not jacked up on drama.  

This is the difference between a drama king and a dramatist.  

Fear of criticism can easily be replaced with confidence in the work to stand on its own two feet when complete as we can make it - and damn the torpedoes - you are being authentic.  That tier where originality and significance are nigh? 

That should come through in the work to the objective person, even if a critic, if you are genuinely authentic.  

If the criticism is not authentic and objective by qualified people in the domain you produce art for, then they exercise bias, and dress it up as criticism, which is a perfect and commonplace example of inauthenticity in ordinary commonplace thinking.  

To be afraid of what others may say is not being a leader in the least.  

This is the trait of the unseasoned amateur.  

Given the bias people judge with without ever exercising the mental acquisition of reducing bias errors in their mental processes and increasing objectivity simultaneously are simply unqualified feedback providers, to use the professional terminology.

Put your work out there and let it stand on its own two feet because you trained yourself in skill, talent and creativity and what other people think of you is far, far less important than what you think of yourself.

With the respect to the creative production process, the feeling you have right after the work is produced and published is the value you instill in yourself few will ever understand - if you are unique.  I once had a standing ovation from hundreds of people for ten minutes.  I had the humility - a necessary trait of anything great to come within oneself - to let it last me (in motivational terms) for twenty years of pretty dry seasons as far as writing revenue is concerned.

If you are a bot or a cog, well, it may crush you, but here is a sad but true rule creative leaders anywhere know.  

Few people really matter.  Take away your digital life and your professional life outside of your everything else life and think of the people who really matter to you and that number will be quite small compared to all the people you know.

That's life, truth and empirical proof.  

As a creator, much less a creative leader, you should already understand that mistakes aren't mistakes, they are ideas that proofs did not work out for at best.  This is evidenced by the Thomas Alva Edison saying, "I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that don't work."

And Edison really wasn't that amazing, compared to the guy he fired for having too many good ideas, Nikolai Tesla.  

Of course, Tesla's work was for all humankind and intended to be free, so greed in the form of J. Pierpont Morgan made short order of that great contributor's efforts.

Morgan backed Edison because of course, you and I could be charged for electricity every step of the way that way, while buying endless amounts of light bulbs.  Here it is a hundred years later and we are still accepting this system as advanced technology.

Don't you just love the band aid brigades-as-value society?

Machine serves man, not the other bot and cog way around.

But back to the point, if you accept the way that didn't work as not a mistake, then you could of course find opportunity in it.   Maybe not just a valuable one perhaps being a total waste of prescious lifetime.  0r one that meet the strict definition of an actual creative act.

You're not ready for that definition yet, so I will spare you, because I am busy beating back the hand of time to the now and tomorrow from where Harley set them because, if you listen to century old advice, you get century old results.

As far as embracing the flaws and imperfections, this is fine.  As long as you don't treat it as something to write home to mom or shoot of fireworks about. Embracing flaws and imperfections are part of self acceptance and authenticity becoming on the personal level.

But it is the stepping stone, not the bowl.  The bowl isn't even important in this analogy.  The finding of water is where the meaning lies.  You grew two bowls, for reason's sake.

They are right in your own hands.

Its mostly a waste of time throwing the bowl to begin with.

But it makes us feel fulfilled.  Yet it is empty by definition, so why make it? Because we feel fulfilled when we pretend there is water in it, or, we will put water in it when we find it.

Pretending is something leaders have little time for, and our world is in choke-holds of pretense everywhere you look.  Pretending is childhood's practice for adult creative activity.  

For your children's and creative career's sake, grow up.

Throwing the bowl is but an organic tactile lullaby.  It is empty.  Seek water instead, and you won't need a bowl.

Needing a bowl is allegorically saying, "There is no water yet."  

For your soul, people.  

We are, in both cultural and civilization terms, drowning in lullabies and marching anthems.  Stops singing empty songs.  The best and primary song for life is, "We found sweet water."

The bowl is an empty song.  

Making the bowl whole again is embracing emptiness - a song who's time has long passed and should be buried in the collective consciousness and left for fodder for new consciouness creativity.  That embrace was good a thousand years ago in Zen Buddhism when suffering was a large part of the human condition.

But people -- We've evolved.  There's a lot less suffering going on out there. The time for this song has past and for good reason.  Just because it hasn't been eradicated completely doesn't mean we aren't way ahead of the game from the way things used to be.

Find the opportunity in the mistake controverts two other important creative and leadership principles.

Chance favors the prepared mind.


Luck is the residue of good design.

A real leader 
understands already they are not trying to be perfect.  They are being who they are; serving the best version of the perfection model they continually create.

You keep waiting for perfection, you'd better have a hundred thousand year lifespan.

That model is present to their consciousness at the current point in time during their process creatively or otherwise. We won't get into Simonton's hierarchy yet.  You're not ready for it.  

I'll take you there, in time.  You'll be better creators and leaders for it. But not by following hundred or thousand year old advice, unless you want hundred or thousand year old critic mentality affecting your career or thousand year old results.  Who wants more same old same old?

I can't stress enough abandoning old ways of thinking if you want new results in your life, consciousness and creativity.  That is not to say solid rules and techniques of the past are collectively and patently abandoned.  Don't be an extremist - that serves nothing and no one.  Just this particular way of thinking is worth abandoning.  For it can do great damage to tomorrow, like, delaying it even more.

Please, Harley, you are a man whose literary artistry I admire and respect, but you are 
woefully out of your depth and disserving the writing community within the radius of your circle of influence by speaking about creative leadership in these published terms so detrimentally out of date and are counter-effective for creative leadership intention.

With respect,

The Lone Comic TM

Defender of Creativity SM

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