Chaotic Thinking

Chaotic ThinkingMillions of birds flying together and producing a V-shaped self-organizing patterns.

Thousand of fish swimming together with amazing repeating patterns.

And in both systems, there is no leader.

Birds and fish follow few simple rules the results of which is the observation of repeating behavioral patterns at all scales.

We need to be creative? We wish to see new β€œideas structures” emerging from the confusion of having too many ideas. Well, the confusion is the signal that a new dawn of creative ideas is soon to emerge.

The role of a leader isn’t to lead, but to motivate the production of many ideas that first confuse, but then creative ideas shall emerge unexpectedly. This is paradoxical as this definition of great leaders is to create confusion and intense one too because these leaders realize that after confusion creative ideas emerge. More important, is the realization of these leaders that new thinking pattern shall emerge on all scales.

I was reading a great post on creativity and how confusion maybe the prelude to unexpected ideas that pay off.


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The CEO of a software company realized the need to generate many ideas to upgrade the performance of the company and find new ideas for new products. However; he failed to motivate employees to engage actively and come up with inspiring ideas. At a dinner party the CEO was lucky to listen to an idea by a stockbroker who suggested the establishment of a stock market for ideas and trade them as investors trade stocks in stock markets.

Did this idea create confusion in your mind? Well, it did for the CEO. He implemented the idea in his company. It was fun. After confusion relaxation began to emerge. Mixing fun with business is a great way to generate ideas if properly done. The company blended the architecture of the stock exchange with the internal architecture of their company’s internal market to create the company’s own stock exchange for ideas. Ideas were traded in the internal stock of ideas that proved successful and led to self-motivated engagement. Sometimes inspiration comes from the least expected places.

The business climate, and stock markets are among them resemble the weather climate; both are unpredictable; yet they produce emerging behaviors. We need to create a similar climate for ideas so that new ideas may emerge that are not just extensions of familiar ideas. The establishment of a stock market for ideas is a great idea in this respect. Ideas love surprises and wonderment. Create as many of ideas and they shall surprise you with their unpredictable behavior and the new ideas patterns that would emerge.

We don’t need similar ideas. There is a great quote on mosaics below for you to consider.

β€œA mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself.” 
Henri Nouwen

Similarly, ideas come in different colors, different hats, different tastes and they may produce collectively a β€œmosaic of ideas” that you have never thought of before.

A system is a collection of objects that somehow interrelate with each other to function as a whole and produce some effect that no single object within the system could do on its own. So is the β€œsystem of ideas” being.

I dedicate this buzz to Fay VietmeierΒ for her exchange of comments with me inspired the idea of writing this buzz. Dear Fay, I am extremely elevated by your sharp mind and pure soul.

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Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #31

#34
@AliAnani Thanks for the laugh: "the waterfall of ideas may sink me: May it never be ;~)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
Fay Vietmeier- yes, I meant you because you wrote in a previous comment #31 "I will share that during my swims ...". But,please watch for the waterfall of ideas may sink me.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #29

@AliAnani Ali~ Not sure if you meant me or Cyndi But I plan on including my idea of a "Bee Convention" in my (in process) writing of "The Art of Being a Bee" And I will keep swimming because the pool provides "waterfalls of ideas" ~Fay

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
Cyndi wilkins. If I were Javier I would implement your idea. Imagine that in a gathering including A hive of bees sharing their disruptive mind. I can imagine the fun. Keep swimming my dear for more interesting ideas. Great achievements start with a dream and if that dream becomes reality then that is the best of the two worlds.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #27

@AliAnani Cyndi wilkins Ali~ I had hoped to convey a seed-thought to apply to stay at IDEAS Island as a "fantasy challenge" to INCLUDE (Cyndi) and you (and of course your wife although I did not think to clarify that ;~)... unlikely she would want her husband to go off to some island with 2 unknown ladies ;~) It was all in FUN ;~) and pure fantasy ;~) I recognize how disruptive & unconventional it would be for people who have never met in person to be captive on some island for a week. It could be life-changing or a total disaster ;~) And who would care for my "herd of cats" I will share that during my swims ... the thought has come to mind: about how interesting it would be to have some kind of gathering of "bees" (in person) that richly & regularly contribute to beBee ... In short time I have observed that there are some like-minded bees that seem to be drawn to one another ... hive-like behavior as it were ... that at times seems to bar entry ... This is life;~) "Bee convention" idea@Javiar Cyndi~ Thank you for sharing one of the ways you set a priority to to have "quiet solitude" so "'ideas' take shape and are transformed into writing" A practice every thinking person would benefit from ... for the well-spring of ideas that spring forth I like that your "quiet" place is "a humble little lake house in the Maine woods" ... reminds me of JD Salinger (if I'm remembering correctly he retired to a cabin in the woods after writing Catcher in the Rye ... expressing no desire to ever publish another book) β€œPeople always clap for the wrong reasons.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Oswaldo Enrique Diaz Delgado- you enrich the "party of ideas by defining virtual friends in an interesting way. "A distant friend makes himself known when the similarity of thoughts becomes a vital part of the commandments of existence. This feeling senses the value of feeling, of being able to look at the intimacy of another being in its most human senses" .

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
Now, I understand the secret of your creativity Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #24

#24
I am very fortunate to have my own 'IDEAS ISLAND' However, it is a humble little lake house in the Maine woods...I spend my summers there...most of the time in quiet solitude, where a lot of my 'ideas' take shape and are transformed into writing these wonderful posts we all share in commenting on. I only wish it were large enough for me to host you all as my guests;-) That would be quite the 'idea fest' of the century!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
Fay Vietmeier, Fay, I appreciate very well your tweak and it sounds better than what I came up with "well-spring spirit". I enjoy your tweak, Lucky Cyndi wilkins- your are invited to the IDEAS Island. I am not. I am sure both of you ladies will come up with magical ideas and the the well-spring well sprout great ideas and will shoot out to high horizons.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #22

@AliAnani @CyndiWilkins Ali~ I appreciate your added encouragement about wisdom and redirect. "Wisdom isn't to hurry.I add and also not to go very slowly. Tide waits for no one.It is a balance again between the two" I have been experiencing a "season of challenges" ... It will pass ;~) I am going to return to those "drafts" and hope to complete my thoughts in process from my "well-spring spirit" (I hope you do not mind that I tweaked what you came up ;~) "well-spring" is an original and bountiful source of something Actually it is from Scripture that I take "well-spring" "Above all else guard you heart ... the heart is the well-spring of life" Proverbs 4 Thank you so MUCH for mentioning "IDEAS Island" ... what a wonderful adventure that would be;~) I see that one can apply to stay "free" but they do like a $1,000 for their charity Perhaps Cyndi, you and I ... can apply I'm sure our three-thinking brains can come up with a worthy "idea" to collaborate about ;~) on IDEAS Island

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
#21- I wonder both ladies Cyndi wilkins if you heard about the "Island of Ideas" in Sweden. Here is a link of your dream work island. https://ideasisland.fredrikharen.com/#targetText=Ideas%20Island%20is%20where%20Fredrik,you%20get%20exclusive%20access%20to. You may have the island for you alone for a week with free accommodation. Having a room at work for creativity is like creating a "mini-island" at the work place.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Wisdom isn't to hurry.I add and also not to go very slowly. Tide waits for no one.It is a balance again between the two Fay Vietmeier. I ask myself always if I can summarize my buzz in one line. For example, for this buzz I may say that leaders are greater than foggy and turbid situations.If I may do this I write the buzz. If not, then I know that the idea is still foggy in my mind and I wait for more time till I may write a synopsis of one line. This is how I balance going slowly with going fast. You "spring spirit" squeeze the "lemon of my ideas".

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #19

#21
Yes...I know many a 'noise junkie'...It's their way of avoiding the things they would rather not 'think' about;-)

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #18

#19
Cyndi wilkins Cyndi~ Thank you for sharing your thought about "the space between" ... and about the 'quiet room' where your niece works. Now this is my kind of company ... brilliant !!! A great example of "creating a thinking environment" as mentioned earlier in this thread The key to great leadership: β€œCreate a thinking environment” ~ (Admiral) David Marquet (Book: Turn the Ship Around) I mentioned in my recent post on Leadership & Coaching people: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/herding-cats-wise-herdsmen-coaching-collaborating-and-compromising-for-consensus-202453 As I observe the world around me people are addicted to "noise" ... this I have also on my list of topics to write about And to "busyness" which is a thief & deters people from quality of life & deeper relationships "Noise" robs Peace & creates chaos ... "Noise" comes from many directions & sources and is a distraction and diversion to the mind & spirit "Noise" does not even have to be a sound ... it can be the pop-ups flying on the computer that are utter disruption to focus & thought (well this is my experience) a TOTAL annoyance !!!

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #17

@AliAnani Ali~ You do make this "bee" smile ;~) "a spring of ideas that keep flowing and creating greenery around them to nourish what you have "God's Spirit in me", Maybe I call you "the spring spirit" I LOVE IT ;~) and the way you describe it. New ideas flowing and nourishing ... this reflects the work of God's Spirit working & is what I try to impart when writing I appreciate your "Barnabas" spirit ;~) (Barnabas means "son of encouragement") Several of the ideas I'm writing about are deep life subjects and can't be abbreviated ... I am being prayerful & thoughtful As it is written: "Wisdom is not hasty" I do have a couple lighter topics in process ... one is "The Art of being a bee" ... coming soon ;~)

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #16

#14
I love that you mention the 'empty slate' here Fay Vietmeier...It fits perfectly with the post...and your subsequent thoughts: "Only when you forget everything you know … can you truly learn" This is what I have continually referred to as 'the space between'...When we are able to quiet our minds and allow for the fine tuning of our intuitive skills we are better able to access this 'flow state' of creativity energy that is constantly evolving and changing. In this mind space we are able to connect with others with similar thoughts and insights. My niece was telling me how this practice is being implemented in her working environment...where they have created a 'quiet room' on an upper floor, away from all computers and electronics...A safe haven from the chaos so to speak...Sometimes the room is full of all those working on a project together, however the are not allowed to physically speak to each other in this space...It is intended for silently gathering one's thoughts only. When they reconvene later in the day, the ideas are flying all around the room as they have actively and dynamically connected with each others thought patterns within the same energy field...Brilliant way of influencing telepathic communication;-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Dear Fay Vietmeier- you are a "spring head" of ideas. Just before I forget I tested the link in my previous comment and it works. https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/clean-your-mind-cache. I say spring head and I wanted to say springhead, in emulation of fountainhead.Unfortunately, there is no such word. Maybe I am bold enough to suggest it. Spring like a spring that jumps with excitement upon coming up with a new idea.Also, spring of ideas that keep flowing and creating greenery around them to nourish what you have "God's Spirit in me", Maybe I call you "the spring spirit". Please get your ideas out of your notebook and share them with us. As you have many of them, maybe you consider sharing two to three of them in one post. I am fortunate to be connected with soul like yours.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Let me first test the link dear Fay. https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/clean-your-mind-cache

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #13

@AliAnani Ali~ High praise "a thriving mind" ... again I am honored I attribute my ability and-or competency to THINK ...to the work of God's Spirit in me ... which I welcome whole-heartedly It is written: "our competencies come from God" I love how you stated this: "sometimes we need an empty space in our minds that we may fill it with (new*-my add) ... ideas that don't contaminate with some long-held and constraining beliefs” ... As is so often the case your words have profound meaning when applied in slightly broader context ... Being able to consider new IDEAS ... new BELIEFS is often a matter of having an "empty" place in our mind and NOT being "contaminated by long-held and constraining beliefs" ... I need to stop hanging out with you ;~) you are to me a "fountainhead of ideas" ... I have added yet another topic to writes about which (interestingly) was put on my heart during a walk last evening ... it has to do with my son and a long-running exhortation from me ... but your statement was an affirmation and added wisdom ;~) When I click on the link you provided ... this is the message: ( I tried several times) Sorry! We could not find what you were looking for :( Don't worry, we will help you get to the right place.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Fay Vietmeier- I am truly honored by the depth of your comment and warm appreciation of dedicating this buzz to you. Before I forget let me highlight the two honorable names of Cyndi wilkins for you mentioned them deservedly in your comment. Yes,sometimes we need an empty space n our minds so that we may fill it with creative ideas that don't contaminate with some lond-held and constraining beliefs. You remind me of one of my most read and downloaded presentations "Clean Your Mind Cache": https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/clean-your-mind-cacheI am sure this presentation elaborates on your great comment dear Fay and justifies fully what you said in your comment. I also like the way you expanded on the stock market of ideas. You are a thriving mind my friend.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #11

@AliAnani Oh Ali~ the day of this "bee" was so brightened by the honor of having your post dedicated to me ;~) 1) The key to great leadership: β€œCreate a thinking environment” ~ (Admiral) David Marquet (Book: Turn the Ship Around) I mentioned in my recent post on Leadership & Coaching people: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/herding-cats-wise-herdsmen-coaching-collaborating-and-compromising-for-consensus-202453 2) Creativity is best found when we have an β€œempty slate” mindset – This thought actually is a result of reading a powerful post by @Cyndi Wilkins: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@cyndi-wilkins/a-crazy-little-thing-called-life (anyone reading who has not done so already) I exhort watching the interview in this post of Dr Eben Alexander a neurosurgeon that experienced a near death experience … it is a compelling testimony !!! There is one thing Dr Eben Alexander said: which I found of great value: he described being an β€œempty slate” Which makes me think: "Only when you forget everything you know … can you truly learn" ~fem-v 3) A stock exchange for ideas … great idea! 4) β€œA system is a collection of objects that somehow interrelate with each other to function as a whole” These words made me think of a human body: a mind-heart-hands-legs … These do: β€œsomehow interrelate with each other to function as a whole” 5) @HarveyLloyd … you too are a β€œdeep well” of thought … I love what you tied in about β€œterra forming” (I was not familiar with this concept) … your comments are always rich ;~) A thinking environment is not a constraining environment … no judgments … just let ideas flow

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
I agree and a house on fire needs immediate action and not thinking. So, except in this case leaders should give ideas time to ferment. Thank you Harvey for your elaboration.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #9

#10
I would add that time is also a natural constraint within idea formation. If your house is on fire i would think terraforming is not the way to go. But given enough advanced notice to market conditions, a leader should introduce the need for change early. Allowing for the terraforming of new ideas into their own spaces, naturally. I would think that fully formed each idea could actaully be culled of the best parts to form a greater idea, not conceived individually.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Oswaldo Enrique Diaz Delgado I ammore comfortable with your clarification" It is to promote the individual Spiritual, Intellectual, Professional with and towards the objectives set from the foundations of law that give value and encouragement to the participants, they become integral to the human team. Yes, I agree with this

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
The thought of "terra forming"is magical in this sense Harvey Lloyd. Indeed, ideas need to grow and you inspire me with self-growing in analogy with self-organizing. Leaders who negate the above may kill an idea prematurely by constraining them into a limited space. I hold my hat off for your comment is simply great my friend.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #6

I read your post and for some reason the word "terra forming" came to mind. An idea is birthed and must find its own planet to exist, detail the parameters of existence and begin to naturally select the process of success. When we grab an idea and attempt to create it in our own image that we get into trouble. We choke out the spontaneity of the ideas existence, without constraint. Leaders should have a reasonable view of this concept as they let an idea run its course before laying out the constraints. Placing the constraints upfront rob the leader of its potential. Good thoughts as always.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Fay Vietmeier- you are mentioned in this buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Oswaldo you wrote"It is not about the leader being able to guide many, it is about creating a balanced environment where everyone is able to emulate (IMITATE THE LEADER)". But who is the leader in complex systems? There is no leader, but local interactions that feedback to each other. I am of the opinion that a great leader creates the environment that intensify local interactions within simple guiding rules applied with fairness to all.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Oswaldo Enrique Diaz Delgado- You wrote "Becoming a vital part from different analogies urges us to make use of excellent human attributes, from deepening the thoughts to focus the different analysis tables for which we will obtain new ideas that will take other directions in and towards the proposed objectives". A good thought for pondering on.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Out of homogeneity only familiar ideas maybe produced. It is in the on the edge of heterogeneity that creative ideas emerge. Thank you for inspiring me with a new idea Pascal Derrien and for sharing the buzz as well.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #1

Writing is an organized chaos of some sort , search for ideas is never an homogenous process at least I don't think so :-)

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