Playful creativity


There’s a good chance that you’re one of those creative types. I’ll bet you’re the kind of person who derives a great deal of satisfaction from what you can make or do with your hands. You might play an instrument or you draw or maybe you like sing. And sometimes while you’re cooking I imagine you’ve been known to dance a little to the music on your CD player while you stir a pot of spaghetti sauce.

And if don’t have one those jobs where paint, design clothes or build models, or even if you do in spare time you probably like to hike or climb or maybe mountain bike. All these are the many things we do express ourselves, how we perform to show the world who we really are.

Knowing how to express yourself is an incredible gift and a talent Carr Hagerman learned to develop at early age.When he was 14 Carr started working as a street performer at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Using improvisational comedy and a host of characters he played off the energy of the crowds he entertained to create something special out of nothing but human interaction.

Today Hagerman is the creative director for Ontend Creative Partners, a corporate consultation firm, and he uses his experiences as street performer to change how people in the professional world think about the whimsical spirit of playful creativity. Top PerformerHe’s also the co-author of the book “Top Performer: A bold approach to sales and service.” I had the pleasure of meeting Hagerman a few months ago at the Outdoor Retailers Summer Market in Salt Lake City Utah. In this interview he shares some pretty amazing ideas on the serious business of play.show_alegria

Music this week by Cirque Du Soleil is from the album and show Alegria.

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