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Critical Thinking And Storytelling

Critical Thinking And Storytelling

We usually don’t speak of critical thinking and storytelling in the same breath. But critical thinking is key to storytelling in a number of ways. Before we explore them, it might be best to review what we mean by critical thinking in the first place. In short, critical thinking is an approach to determining whether […]

5 Reasons Why You May Never Be Creative

5 Reasons Why You May Never Be Creative

Throughout the business community there’s no shortage of discussion about the importance of creativity for both corporate and personal success. In fact, it’s increasingly viewed as a core competency. As a creative professional, I couldn’t agree more. So I’d like to outline some of the obstacles to creativity, what might be keeping you or your company […]

Learning How To Learn | A Musician’s Approach

Learning How To Learn | A Musician’s Approach

In a recent episode of Sam Harris’ Waking Up podcast, author and futurist Kevin Kelly claimed that the most important skill contemporary education can offer is learning how to learn. As technology changes at an ever-increasing pace, Kelly argues, we’ll all be perennial “newbies,” forever required to master new competencies which themselves will soon become […]

In Praise Of Rote Learning

In Praise Of Rote Learning

Rote learning gets a bad rap. We associate it with 19th-century one-room school houses, conformity and a lack of critical thinking. Today’s educational approach is more enlightened, we tell ourselves, as we now teach people “how to think” rather than just “cramming them with facts.” The attack on rote learning, however, reveals a misunderstanding about what […]

Learning To Think Inside A Box

Learning To Think Inside A Box

Search Google for “Training To Think Outside The Box” and you’ll get close to 10 million results. An overabundance of articles, seminars and workshops will instruct you on the myriad ways to overcome the box-like constraints that are keeping you or your company from reaching its true creative potential. There’s just one problem: Creativity is […]

What Is Brand Storytelling?

What Is Brand Storytelling?

A lot has been made about the importance of brand storytelling. Which begs the question: what exactly is brand storytelling? Moreover, is “storytelling” even the right word to describe what a brand does or should be doing? Is Brand Storytelling Just A Buzzword? We tend to think of “stories,” after all, as narratives that have a […]