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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 […]

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, […]

Creating A Company Vision
By December 4, 2015 Read More →

Creating A Company Vision

Everyone seems to agree that for an organization to succeed, you need to have a company vision. A vision is the source, we’re told, from which all strategies and actions flow, the foundation upon which everything else is built. Sounds logical. But it raises some thorny questions. “Company Vision” is a problematic term What exactly do we […]