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In Praise Of Rote Learning
By November 30, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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 […]

A New Kind Of Corporate Training
By April 6, 2016 Read More →

A New Kind Of Corporate Training

In a world of constant change, ongoing corporate training becomes essential to corporate success. It’s critical to the success of the individual as well as the organization. And key to contemporary corporate training is education in skills like creativity, storytelling and critical thinking. The Creative Organization helps people at all levels of an organization acquire and improve those […]

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Are you dumb enough to be creative?
By December 7, 2015 Read More →

Are you dumb enough to be creative?

In my seminars and workshops on creative problem solving, I spend a lot of time emphasizing the value of being an idiot. Because in the all-important opening phase of the creative process, which I call “making a mess,” stupidity is your greatest asset. This is not the time for clarity, precision or cleverness. Rather it’s the time […]

Creativity and Economic Survival I Do humans still matter?
By December 5, 2015 Read More →

Creativity and Economic Survival I Do humans still matter?

Your economic survival is threatened by machines and outsourcing. This was explored to considerable extent in Daniel Pink’s brilliant book, A Whole New Mind. Pink notes what is becoming increasingly obvious: many jobs formerly done by Americans can now be done cheaper and faster by machines or labor outsourced overseas to low-wage workers. Simply put, […]

Creativity and Tinkering
By December 31, 2012 Read More →

Creativity and Tinkering

Sometimes life presents you with fortunate coincidences. Just hours after posting Creativity Without Creating, I came across “The Tinkerers”: How corporations kill creativity” at Salon.com. It’s an excerpt from Alec Foege’s latest book, “The Tinkerers: The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors who Make America Great.” Foege sees tinkering, which to some suggests “individuals who are somehow aimless, […]

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Creativity Without Creating
By December 31, 2012 Read More →

Creativity Without Creating

When our shoot broke for lunch, the agency creatives went out to eat with Erin. Erin was our main client, a senior marketing manager at American Express.  Tall, blonde and not at all unattractive, Erin nonetheless projected the hard-edged unhappiness one often finds among executives in the world of corporate communications. None of us cared […]

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