Quirky People – essential Team Members


People with a quirky frame of mind are an invaluable asset. Ill go even further and say without these people on your team, it will be hard to do the impossible.

Read further down to my personal meeting to Elon Musk, a great example of quirkiness…

Quirky people think creatively to solve problems and tackle tasks.

  • Think of outside-the-box solutions for problems.
  • Try to see all aspects of a situation.
  • Come up with solutions that no one has thought of before.

Creative People have a great deal of Physical Energy 

  • They work long hours, with great concentration, while projecting an aura of freshness and enthusiasm.

Key characteristic is Courage

  • Quirky creative people adapt to almost any situation and adjust quickly to reach their goals. More than anything else, is their resourcefulness and the courage not to give up.

Both Imagination and Reality

  • Quirky creative people combine a great sense of art and the theory of science. They have both a leap of imagination into a new perceived world that is different from the present as well as a grounding on the “here and now”..

Both Extroverted and introverted

  • Most people sway to one or the other, either preferring to be in the thick of crowds or sitting on the sidelines and observing the passing show.
    Creative quirky people exhibit both traits simultaneously.

Humble and Proud

  • Have you met a famous person who you expect to be arrogant or supercilious?
    If they are quirky you can encounter self-deprecation and shyness as well.

Rebellious and Conservative

  • Quirky creative people define their own area of culture. Culture is what we dream of in a company. Yet these people have “it” in themselves! They are both traditional and conservative as well as rebellious and iconoclastic.

Embracing Quirky People


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi gained hisPhD in Psychology from the University of Chicago, He specialises in the study of human strengths such as optimism, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility. He writes:

“I have devoted 30 years of research to how creative people live and work, to make more understandable the mysterious process by which they come up with new ideas and new things. If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an individual, each of them is a multitude.”

Why not take the courage to develop your Quirky side?

  • Don’t rest your opinions on old assumptions.
  • Go against common trends and let your mind wander to unexpected places.
  • Meditate on ideas before you form an opinion or solution.
  • Develop a fluency of thinking. Just let ideas flow.
  • Write down a great quantity of ideas
  • Develop flexibility to switch from one perspective to another
  • Picking an unusual associations of ideas

ELON MUSK is Quirky

In 2014 at the “Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit” in San Francisco, I had the pleasure to meet and spend time with Elon Musk. Over drinks, he talked about the future for vehicles moving below cities through tunnels. He was engaging and yet somewhat humble in listening to the engineering arguments I put forward. But the power of his creative thinking and ability to simplify the tasks ahead was astonishing.
He is the perfect example of a very Quirky person.


Corporates miss out

In the corporate world today, outside-the-box thinking has been discouraged and even penalised.  In schools, the very place it should be fostered, the “right” answer tends to be rewarded over the interesting one. And while there are of course benefits of knowing how to arrive at a right answer, reinforcing it strongly may not be the best in the long-run.


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Bruce Loxton

Bruce Loxton is often described as an “engineers, engineer”. His career has included mechanical, mining, electrical and chemical engineering. Combine his passion for data and automation with business sales and delivery teams for a great-digitized process. However, Bruce is a thinker on design, strategy and working in teams. He has achieved “impossible” projects over his career by targeting the big and the bold. Innovation seems to come naturally to the very structured thought process on problem solving and value. Bruce was Non-Executive Chairman of Qinetiq Australia for 6 years till 2017. Qinetiq is Global Defence Technology provider with a market cap of $1Bn & listed (QQ.L). He is an Alumnus of: Harvard Business School, USC in LA, and IMD in Lausanne. He is a former Council Member, Chem. Eng Foundation, Uni of Sydney.

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