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127: KH Kim: I focused on my weaknesses a lot

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127: KH Kim: I focused on my weaknesses a lot

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KH Kim Show Notes

Dr. KH Kim was assigned to write and report the meeting minutes for her group faculty meetings. Not being experienced in spoken English, she struggled with slang and acronyms. She recorded and transcribed meetings, and even asked her children to help her. Finally, she gave up. She felt stupid, got even more self-conscious and depressed. And then she was reprimanded for being lazy. Listen to how she got over this hump.

Dr. Kim was born in a remote village, in the southern mountains of South Korea. She did not have electricity or running water until she was 10 years old.

From an early age, she had an insatiable curiosity and was constantly asking questions. Her questions were always met with resistance, and even her teachers interpreted her inquisitiveness as being disrespectful.

However, her English teacher, Mr. Cho, appreciated her curiosity. After middle school, most girls from her small village began working at the nearby factories and she assumed she would follow that path too. But Mr. Cho persuaded her parents and the older village relatives that even though she was a female she was capable of having a professional career.

Thanks to his insistence, she became the first female from her village to attend high school and earn a college degree. She became an English teacher because of the difference Mr. Cho made in her life.

But KH always felt different from other Korean women, like a square peg in a round hole, or a misfit. As a teacher, she empathized with students who asked numerous questions, especially unexpected or unusual questions, or who were labeled as troublemakers.

Throughout her life experiences, she felt like a failure and a hopeless troublemaker. This feeling continued until she escaped Korea and met Drs. Torrance and Cramond who became her mentors. They helped her recognize that the conflict that engulfed her life was a clash between creativity and the Asian culture that values conformity.

Dr. Torrance, “The Father of Creativity,” had no children of his own, so he considered his students to be his children. He inspired her to follow her curiosity, which evolved her from a student to a scholar. Since meeting the two leaders, she has completely dedicated her life to researching creativity and innovators.

Her research has been recognized with awards such as The Berlyne Award from the American Psychology Association, The E. Paul Torrance Award from the American Creativity Association, and both The Early Scholar Award and The Hollingworth Award from National Association for Gifted Children.

Dr. Kim is a professor of creativity and innovation at the College of William & Mary and lives in Washington, DC. She has dedicated her entire 30-year career to research on creativity and innovators, which resulted in her authoring The Creativity Challenge: How We Can Recapture American Innovation.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“The creativity crisis is even worse since 2008 until now.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet

“Creativity is important for human well-being.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet

“The successful result of creativity is innovation.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“Innovation is the key to quality of life.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“Without creativity, we would still think the world is flat.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“Innovation is necessary for human life, individually and socially.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“We are all born unique and creative.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“Why do we try to make everybody exactly the same.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“Until I die, I will let every single person know how testing is killing #creativity.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet

“Test-centric education hurts young children even more than others.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“I don’t want children to feel like they are a failure.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“Emotion affects creativity development more than cognition.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“In order to generate original ideas, you have to be in an environment that’s positive.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“Talk to every educator and policy maker about the consequences of this testing environment.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“Instead of conforming always think the other way.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“For Nobel Prize winning you have to be really creative.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“Creativity and intelligence are weakly related.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“When you think big you can’t think about the constraints and limitations.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

“Change the world, to be a better place, not for money.” -KH Kim Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Dr. KH Kim was assigned to write and report the meeting minutes for her group faculty meetings. Not being experienced in spoken English, she struggled with slang and acronyms. She recorded and transcribed meetings, and even asked her children to help her. Finally, she gave up. She felt stupid, got even more self-conscious and depressed. And then she was reprimanded for being lazy. Listen to how she got over this hump.

Advice for others

Being different is good. Focus on achieving your goal.

Holding her back from being an even better leader

I have a problem with being impulsive. If you look at it on the positive side, I am spontaneous. And I’m too trusting of people.

Secret to Success

I think a lot and I get brutally honest feedback. I also try to think in metaphor and I think about the opposite all of the time.

Best tools that helps in Business or Life

Think big, to make the world a

Recommended Reading

The Creativity Challenge: How We Can Recapture American Innovation

Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition

Contacting Dr. KH Kim

Website: https://www.facebook.com/kkim0810/about

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kh-kim-42a0722a/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kreativity_Kim

Resources and Show Mentions

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.