When I was 8 I talked of running away to join the circus. By 15 I was far too serious to consider anything so frivolous, and enrolled in an engineering degree as a close alternative.
A decade after graduating, and following roles in organisational development, strategy, change, sustainability and even social enterprise, I found myself boarding a train to live out my childhood dream and train with Greentop Circus in Sheffield.
A third-life crisis perhaps? (I didn’t tell my mother for a few weeks!)
Creativity inspires our personal lives: whether a performance, sculpture at The Tate, or a tango class, in our personal lives. Art encourages conversation, reflections on human nature, and who hasn’t had a romance assisted by a carefully compiled playlist?
What, then, does creativity offer the sensible world of work? Creativity tends to be relegated to team-building days or opportunities for sponsorship.
In Sheffield I explored the place that performance and physical theatre have in business: the magical boundary where creativity and practicality meet.
Rachael West is a former engineer who ran away to the circus and became a speaker coach. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.