Category: Psychology

Look Inside, Take New Action, Speak New Ideas

There’s a lot buzz around reinvention and innovation. There are countless articles on tools and best practices; many books on the best organizational structure, and plenty on roles and responsibilities. There’s so much stuff that it’s tough to define what’s missing, even when what’s missing is the most important part. Continue reading

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50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition)

The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder. Continue reading

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You Can’t Saw People in Half

When there’s a big job, you’re taught to break it into a series of sub tasks, sequence them, and go after them with vigor. When there are different types of work within a job, you’re taught to break down the work into related bits of work, assign specialists, and take them on with the utmost efficiency. When there’s a big problem, you’re taught to break it into mini problems, solve them one at a time, and then recombine. This works sometimes, but more often than not, it doesn’t. Continue reading

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A Word About Assumptions: Part One

Reality is basically a series of assumptions we make about the world around us. Most of those assumptions are safe and sensible. Indeed, if you were to question every assumption all day long, you’d soon go mad. However, some assumptions are not reliable, either because they are based on misunderstandings or because the bases of those assumptions have changed. For instance.. Continue reading

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The Half-Life of Our Maps

The early explorers had maps, but they were wrong – sea monsters, missing continents, and the home country at the center. Wrong, yes, but the best maps of their day. The early maps weren’t right because the territory was new, and you can expect the same today. Continue reading

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If You Want to Innovate - Read!

Whoever said, “if you want to read, lead”, I agree wholeheartedly. But, I would submit, “if you want to innovate, read.” Innovation is all about new ideas but where do you go to learn about what’s worked in the past and what might work in the future? Read. How do you develop the intellect and the library of ideas on which to draw for innovation? Read. Continue reading

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Innovation is Strategy; Strategy is Innovation

Most of us have an extra gear that rarely kicks in. The three obstacles to hitting your top gear are ignorance, apathy and fear – and we need to work through all three to innovate. Continue reading

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