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TEDxEMU - Kathy Orschlen - Creativity is expected, but the process is not respected

Creativity is expected, but the process of getting there is not respected. The workplace of the present still values seeing staff in the act of working: hunched over a computer, in a meeting, drawing on a white board, producing paper reports. But sometimes we get our best ideas while going for a swim, on a duck walk, playing ping pong or even lying on the floor of our office, staring at the ceiling. How can today's creative thinkers change the culture of our workplace, to make it a place where creativity happens?Kathy, EMU director of Admissions, started her career in higher education as Dean of Women at Central Methodist College in Missouri. From there, she came to EMU, having never heard of Ypsilanti or Eastern Michigan University. Obviously, she finds this environment a good one, both personally and professionally, since she has been at EMU now for 33 years. Her role model is her father, who retired from the Army as a Colonel, wrote a few books on international peacekeeping, then went to law school for fun. Although all 3 of her children have EMU degrees, Kathy does not...yet.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
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