This week I had fun speaking with Monica Kang, Founder and CEO of InnovatorsBox® based in Washington DC. For several years Monica has been a powerhouse of a creative educator, transforming today’s workforce through the power of creativity. She’s driven by the belief that everyone is innately creative and that creativity can be used to catalyze personal and professional change.
Monica and her company work with some of the most innovative companies in the world, including Facebook, IBM, John’s Hopkins University, Booz Allen Hamilton and Georgetown University to name a few and her work has been awarded across numerous platforms including The White House, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and Ashoka Changemakers. She also works as an adjunct professor at BAU International University where she teaches entrepreneurship and leadership.
We talk about Monica’s upcoming book called “Rethink Creativity: How to Innovate, Inspire and Thrive at Work“ which has already received powerful endorsements from a number of senior leaders. It comes out this September and challenges the reader to access their creativity a little every day to help you transform. I can’t wait. At a time when innovation and strategy are the power metrics for future success, it’s great to drill down on just what some of the tools and activities are that you could apply to be more creative personally and professionally.
Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the US up to $605 billion each year in lost productivity. In 2016 87% of the workforce survey said they felt disengaged at work. In Australia the percentage is similar. I know myself feeling disengaged at work is a serious drain on my productivity and ability to come up with new ideas. The stats indicate It’s a problem of epic proportions so I was pleased to spend some time talking with Monica, a game changer in our transitioning, fast paced economy, who shared some powerful tips on tapping into your creative self and why it’s becoming more and more important to do it.
I was astounded Monica had been a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert in the past, yes that’s right…… so I was intrigued how she flipped her career and moved towards helping professionals be more creative. She’s experienced how transformative the power of creativity can have in a life when we take the courage to be more creative each day. She will share just what she went through before she started InnovatorsBox®.
So much of what we talked about resonated with me, I really hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. Laters!
LinkedIn: Monica Kang
Rethink Creativity: How to Innovate, Inspire and Thrive at Work