The Cyclic Rhythm of Creativity & Productivity

Posted on June 26, 2018

The Summer Solstice is an event that happens twice yearly – once for the Northern hemisphere and once for the Southern hemisphere. On these days, the sun reaches its highest position in the sky – causing the longest period of daylight and marking the end of Spring.

The Summer Solstice is a reminder of how the creativity and productivity that we see in Nature moves in rhythms across the year, punctuated by the seasonal transitions. From Spring to Summer, Summer to Autumn, Autumn to Winter, and Winter back to Spring.

Each season brings its own unique quality of creativity to the year long cycle of life coming into existence, growing, and fading back out again. And there is a wisdom in this cycle that can inspire and guide leaders towards recognising and appreciating rhythms of creativity and productivity in their organisations.

  • In Spring, there is an explosion of new life: seeds take root and flowers begin to bloom- all around a quality of rebirth, rejuvenation and renewal is sensed. These qualities are reflected in organisations as periods of ‘planning new projects’ and ‘laying the foundations for new structures and processes’.
  • In Summer, days are longer and there is peak growth: colours, textures, smells and sounds burst into the heat of the day – it is a time of expression, activity and maximum productivity. These qualities are reflected in organisations as periods of ‘action and determination’, ‘efficiency, high performance and effectiveness’.
  • Autumn is a time of culmination where the fruits of Summer’s growth are harvested and animals begin to prepare for hibernation. Leaders might recognise these qualities in their organisations as times of ‘taking stock of the lessons learnt’ and ‘celebrating the results and profits of their efforts’.
  • Winter is a time of dormancy- leaves drop from the trees and the land appears empty and bare. The qualities associated with this season are indwelling, introversion and contemplation. Leaders might recognise these qualities in their organisations as times of introspection, where there is a ‘stillness to dream up new possibilities’ and ‘a necessity to pause for reflection’.

Cosmic events such as the Summer Solstice remind us to appreciate that growth is neither linear nor constant. Rather, life evidences growth as a cyclic pattern, where distinct qualities of productivity and creativity emerge as a consequence of one another.

When leaders discern and appreciate these different phases they can use this perspective as a lens through which to identify the unique opportunities each phase opens up for their organisation and in doing so navigate growth from the perspective of cyclic rhythms of productivity and creativity.

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