"Ain't No Stopping Us Now" - Keeping It 100 in 2015
Posted Jan. 5, 2015
By Sandra Hayden, President-elect
Happy New Year and carpe diem, my fellow ASRT members! As I reflect on 2014 and look ahead to 2015, I find myself yearning for continued growth in my leadership skills, gaining knowledge, peace and joy. I am following the mission, vision, values and goals of the ASRT and my place of employment to "keep it 100" (to keep yourself real, true and focused) this year so we can continue to strive to get where we need to go. “Creativity can be as much a process of finding problems as solving them. If ever there was a time when creativity was necessary for the survival and growth of any organization, it is now.” - Ken Robinson
In his book Out of Our Minds (2011), Ken Robinson states that imagination, creativity and innovation – each of which is related to the others – are three elements of an innovation culture. Although every creative culture is unique, a creative leader can rely on differentiation between organizations or teams to create the culture of innovation. People are not machines – they should be motivated to share their feelings and opinions – so we should pay more attention to relationships and enhance creative abilities (Robinson, 2011). Through our ASRT Communities and state affiliates, we can achieve our vision by utilizing our greatest assets: our members, students and industry stakeholders, who share your creativity and boost our organization’s collaboration and diversity for the improvement of quality patient care. We are faced with complex changes that are affecting our environment and the whole Society. No truer words have been spoken: “Creativity is not about a lack of constraints; often it is about working within them and overcoming them. The dynamics of culture are such that change travels in all directions. With the power of the Internet and of social networking, ideas and innovations can move quickly and inspire others to action (Robinson, 2011).” Imagine with me, if you will, that with grass-roots efforts at the state level our policymakers will feel the change and may even say it was their idea to have educationally prepared and clinically competent medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals caring for the public. Perhaps then they will realize that sometimes the best way to start doing something right is to stop doing something wrong. To those seeking employment in this competitive job market: Be a good communicator and problem solver. Be cross-functional, innovative, flexible, adaptable, self-confident and capable of working well in teams. Don’t pronounce failure, defeat or despair. You are not alone. Speak positively, as your words and actions have power. Continue to fully equip yourself to excel.
It is often said that change is viewed as the normal progression of civilization. Changes are now occurring at an incredible rate, and we need to develop new skills to survive and flourish in this new culture. Science and technology have been developing and the global economy is changing every minute. For 2015, I plan to keep it 100, increase my openness to creativity and innovation, know my own mind and put these concepts into action.
Reference: Robinson, K., 2011. Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. Chichester: Capstone Publishing Ltd.