When was the last time you were ‘creative’? You may have to think all the way back to finger painting in pre-school or perhaps it was a more recent flourish of inspiration to make that cubby house your kid has been nagging you about.
Many engineers and asset management professionals think they’re not creative because they’ve be labelled as ‘practical’, ‘left-brained’, or ‘good with their hands’. They operate best in an environment where they know how things work.
But consider this…
The word ‘engineer’ comes from the Latin words ‘ingeniare’ and ‘ingenium’. Simply put, an engineer is someone who uses his or her ingenuity to change the world. Engineers have an inherent curiosity to understand the world and they endeavour to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. How much more creative can you get than that?
This hidden creativity will serve the engineering and asset management community well as the industry rapidly transforms itself. Maintenance and Reliability professionals have moved beyond their operational role and are fast transforming into a core, focused, and disciplined strategic business function.
This means that you require a very different toolkit to survive and thrive.Continue reading