Benvenuto da Firenze

Boo-hoo! I tried to create a lovely video for you including the beauty of Florence, but network is too slow to upload. So - get creative - back to good old written word!

I'm here this week in beautiful, beautiful Florence having a work-cation - work plus a few extra days to soak in the beauty, the food and the ambiance here. I am attending a seminar with my mentor and a couple of hundred other energetic women entrepreneurs we are all creating banging businesses with more than just profitability in mind - but a sense of purpose.

It kind of makes sense that we're in Florence to focus on business creation, and that this week my theme for the week is Creativity. This was the seat of creativity during the Renaissance period - da Vinci, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Fra Angelico - all the big guns hung out here. They all experimented with new ways of creating - using lines to get perspective in paintings, chiaroscuro effects, frescos, incorporating into their paints whatever they could get their hands on to see what results they got. They were bold. There were no limits, and when you look at the frescos on the ceilings here - they weren't holding back.

Creativity is also one of the 3Cs in my coaching programme that I believe are the drivers for success. By being able to creatively look at a problem, you can equally come up with a variety of creative solutions. By asking better questions of ourselves, we can expand our thinking and therefore our options. Instead of saying, for example, "I can't change my career now because I have a mortgage," ask, "What if I could change my career?" Simples - no limitations. By removing the limitation from the question, it opens up your mind to think more expansively.

That's creativity; and I believe everyone has the capacity to think creatively. A lot of people say, "I'm not creative at all," but for the most part, they are thinking of creativity in the sense of "Can I draw a horse that looks like a horse?" That in itself is an uncreative view of creativity. Creativity is about the ability to think differently, to come at a problem from a different angle.

In fact, Myles Downey, a thought leader, coach and consultant based in the UK, believes everyone is a genius in some form or other - it is not reserved for the few. It is genius, in his view, that is required to solve the problems of the 21st century; genius that everyone has and that should not have a cap put on it. I fully agree with this notion.

So this week, we're going to get creative. I'll be posting images and questions on social media to get your brain thinking creatively, and I have ways to be more creative in my Wednesday mailer. If you are not on my mailing list, sign up here, or on Facebook or Instagram where you will also get a free download.

PS You will also see a lot of posts of food and wine and architecture this week. I make no apology - I live for it! See it all over on Facebook or Instagram

Ciao bella!