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Laurence Shorter on creativity, burnout, and the art of having no idea
[Clip] Doing nothing saved my creativity - Laurence Shorter
What is the impact on us as human beings when we never have a single spare moment, when we fill every minute with doing something productive, or even looking at our phones in order to kill time?
That's a question that gripped Laurence Shorter after he'd written a really successful book and toured it around the world and found himself to be completely burnt out.
And that's when Laurence started thinking about the art of having no idea.
Laurence is a leadership consultant, an author, comedian and an artist. I've known him for somewhere around a decade when he spoke at my event, Scanners Night, for people with too many ideas and too many interests and lots of creativity. He is a scanner himself, and he has fascinating things to say about being a multifaceted human being and managing his own creative process.
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Laurence is a leadership coach, author and speaker. His career journey has taken him from McKinsey consultant & dotcom entrepreneur to best-selling writer and stand-up comedian. In his quest to understand the secrets of happiness, he has authored The Optimist (featuring interviews with Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson and many others), performed his own one-man show about coaching at the Edinburgh Festival and created the Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life, the world’s first cartoon guide to mindfulness and flow.
Today Laurence consults to global organizations, coaching leaders and performing his own brand of stand-up therapy at festivals and gatherings all over the world. Laurence specializes in facilitating transformational events that give people a direct experience of the intelligent, self-organizing principle of the universe.
His work liberates the flow of joy, optimism and genius in teams and individuals alike.
Laurence has an MA in History, an MBA from INSEAD and a diploma in Systemic Consulting for Organisations.
“The power of Laurence’s approach stems from a unique ability to combine the best of psychology, organisational behaviour and business strategy. His work always feels bespoke and personal, and not drawn from a standard repertoire of frameworks and contents. His work has stimulated long term improvement throughout our organisation.” Emmanuel Tahar, CEO Third Bridge
“Laurence is extremely perceptive and is able to zero in quickly to help you identify what really drives the problems you face and help you come to potential solutions” John Evison, OC&C
“You held the space for us all so beautifully, with such calm and openness. Thank you for creating this delicious time for us to reflect, share, express & process.”