One of the more stressful activities during this season’s holiday festivities is your yearly office holiday party. While it’s an opportunity ripe for creative expression, it’s also a time when there’s a magnifying glass behind which is an entire staff closely examining your gift of choice. What you ultimately decide to wrap up and place under the tree at the office is going to say a lot about who you are as a team member – and sometimes even as a leader. For the idea challenged, I’ve come up with an idea sure to get you kudos for creativity and prime you for success this holiday season.
Most creative offices now have a reading nook, be it a bookshelf or a private collection that showcases thought leadership. This collection is usually a composite of some industry books paired with some heavy hitter titles written by the genius minds of Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin and the like. Your holiday gift this season will add to that collection – moreover, in the eyes of the recipient, it will forever link you with that brilliant collection because one of these books came from you.
What Do You Do With An Idea? is that book. It’s a children’s book, technically, but sometimes a children’s book isn’t just a children’s book. Especially if you work in a creative field that values the power of innovation and entrepreneurship. If that sounds like your office environment, you might want to consider this book written by Kobi Yamada.
As one Goodreads reader phrased it, “This is a great book for motivating anyone that has an idea that needs to be nurtured and protected. In this fast paced world so many forget about the small ideas that have had an impact on others lives. This book is a refreshing reminder of the importance of ideas and why we should strive to keep them going.” The core concept in the book is that as your confidence grows, so does your idea.
The idea is presented as an egg with a golden crown on. As you turn the pages, the book slowly ripens with color as this idea grows. Growth is shown in the increasing size of the egg and by how the main character, a little boy in this case, interacts with the idea – like carrying it in a knapsack on your back. Finally, you possess the idea; it isn’t just some external manifestation anymore. Once the idea is yours, the crown on the egg is now on your head, and your world bursts with color. It’s brilliant and scores ten points for creativity.
Another Goodreads reader had this to say, “The main character…at first was overwhelmed by the fact and didn’t know what to do about [the idea]. He tried abandoning it, but he grew closer to it and started to make it better, and believed in it, showing it to others. The only real conflict was mental for the boy, first he was afraid of it, but then he gets put down by others.”
What Do You Do With An Idea? covers all your gift-giving bases. Your office gift giving should be a reflection of both you as a team member and of your recipient. You want to show originality and thought leadership, but you also want to show you understand the spirit of your team and the preferences of the recipient. This time of year, especially in more relaxed office, it’s very common to get extra cheers for giving gag gifts – but real leadership isn’t about making people laugh. It’s about making people think. Your gift should be a point of conversation and not the topic of a joke.
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