You might recognize our guest on Sister Leadership this week. We’ve invited Dorothy Garlough of Innovation Advancement to share her experiences around the spiritual intelligence aspect of innovation. Dorothy is a creative consultant who supports employers and employees in becoming more engaged in their work through fostering innovation. With that as her company’s focus, we couldn’t help but get excited when she agreed to do an email interview.
Here at Sister Leadership, we define innovation as the act of implementing something that matters to fulfil our purpose in life. We innovate by transforming ideas from past creativity that can make a difference for the good of all. Creativity is the capability or act of conceiving something original, transformed or unusual. From a creative place, we may invent something novel and recognizable as the outcome of unique insight.
So, let’s dive into the interview and see Dorothy’s thoughts on this week’s theme.
How do you innovate to connect with the goal of spirituality?
Innovating with a goal of spirituality has the focus of making a contribution that enhances the living conditions, the moral fabric or a heightening of consciousness for others. I innovate spiritually in several ways. First and foremost, I carry the consciousness of integrity into all of my dealings. With integrity comes a mindfulness to do what is right, even when it is hard and making a habit of courageously accepting the consequences of my actions. Its voice is sure and true, warning me against diminishing myself with a deed that will not support my truth. Heeding the message of my inner voice enables me to make an offering to the world of the best that I have.
Professionally, my training programs adhere to innovating spiritually by being collaborative. By including others in the formation of the new ideas or processes, I enable a co-creation that is inclusive, enriching and pertinent to the needs of the individual and the organization. Co-creating is magical, for the sum of the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts. The uplifting feeling that occurs affects everyone and the momentum birthed carries the new innovation into a reality.
What best practices do you live that keep you innovating?
My daily routine involves numerous practices that broaden innovation. Creating the mind space for new ideas to be birthed is paramount. This mind space is achieved by ‘emptying the mind’ and for me this is accomplished in several ways…meditation, yoga and being in nature. The calm that I derive from all three of these practices enables the information that I have gathered on a particular project or problem to be filed in my mind. By consciously resting the brain, I allow for associations to occur. It never ceases to amaze me how I gain clarity (the ah ha moment) after such a practice. Solutions bubble from the unconscious mind to the conscious mind because of these exercises to ‘still the mind’. This enables the brain to let go of the issue/problem, so that solutions, ideas and insights occur. As a creator, I recognize the importance to apply the best practices of meditation, yoga and nature every day.
What is the most meaningful outcome you created through innovation?
This is a tough question, for the ultimate innovation is my life. It is my intention that when I am gone from this physical reality that my life would have been lived to add value and an uplifting for others. The choices that I make today will determine what I create tomorrow!
I have had two meaningful innovations in recent times: The first is to leave a well paying career in the health field and take a risk by plunging into the creative field and my business, Innovation Advancement. I have come to realize that integrity involves living my life in alignment with my spiritual purpose. Helping others to create a better future IS my spiritual purpose.
Innovation always has a risks and the ability to affect progress will come from my personal knowledge of risk taking. I can only help create a change culture if I am the ‘real deal’ myself. Although it has been scary at times when I have allowed doubt to colour my resolve, it has been an amazing journey. The success that I am enjoying and the rise of others feeds me to continue with my meaningful work.
A second meaningful recent innovation has been my leading a digital presentation project to raise awareness of the Bonnechere River Watershed. Although I had full autonomy of the project, I brought in many other people and organizations within our community, so that collaboration occurred. The result was that the conversation and awareness of this natural resource grew with involvement of others. The idea that we can determine the future of the Bonnechere River Watershed by acting proactively today on many levels is spearheading a solid movement in the Ottawa Valley. I am pleased to be a part of that innovative movement.
Creativity must be original, it must have value and it must be acted upon. Creativity involves two processes; thinking and producing. Innovation is the production or implementation of an idea. If you have ideas, but don’t act on them, you are imaginative but not creative.
I intend to use all of my capabilities to be fully human…thus creative.
Sister Leadership would like to give a huge thanks to Dorothy for taking the time to really reflect upon and respond to these questions. Your openness and sharing is very much appreciated, Dorothy. It’s a fascinating (and bang-on) idea that stilling the mind can actually lead to innovation. Within that meditative space lies the capacity for powerful creative thinking.
For this week’s dip into the SL tool box, we’re going to take a cue from Dorothy’s words and share with you a meditation from Deepak Chopra on finding that inner silence, and bringing your mind and body to that baseline state. Sit back, listen and enjoy.
Till next week,
Camille Boivin is founder of Sister Leadership, certified in EQi 2.0 and EQ360, a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), has been coaching high-level women and men for over six years, and is now opening her expertise to those emerging in business. Camille pulls her blog topics from her unique coaching approach that combines her training as a EQi 2.0 and EQ360 certified facilitator with the dig-deeper tools of NLP.
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