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Unlearning & Creativity

Posted in Business, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Innovation

This past summer IBM released a survey of 1500 CEO’s across the globe and they said that creativity was the most important leadership quality for guaranteeing future success. How does one become creative, though? Part of the answer begins with the ability to unlearn. It’s now generally understood that today’s more successful companies have figured out…


Heroic Failure

Posted in Behavior, Business, Change, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Failure, Innovation

If you want to facilitate creativity and encourage innovation you are going to have to embrace the idea that many ideas and products will end in failure. Failure, as I have said before, is thus something that must be encouraged. But how does one “encourage” failure? One idea, which was suggested in this article, is…



The Light of Unlearning

Posted in Ask a New Question, Change, Creativity, Example, Imagination, Innovation, See What Isn't There, Stories, The Way We See the Problem, Think Like a Child

Often, the first step to solving an old problem is viewing your situation–and the tools at your disposal–in a new light. If you want to watch a short, fun and inspirational video, check out this two-minute YouTube clip on a simple solar solution:


Unlearning Learning

Posted in Creativity, Curiosity, Education, Failure, Girls, Innovation, Intelligence, Kindergarten, Paradigm, Parenting, TED

“Chief Unlearning Officer” Jack Uldrich discusses why teachers may need to unlearning what they think they know about teaching and learning.


To Grow: Unlearn

Posted in Children, Enlightenment, Happiness, Imagination, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Parable, Trees, Wisdom

If you can unlearn your ideas about what is possible, you can grow almost anywhere. Related Posts The Tree of Unlearning A Plant Whose Virtue Has Yet to Be Discovered


Own the White Space

Posted in Business, Business Models, General, Innovation, Management, Perspective, See What Isn't There, Visual unlearning

As humans we like to believe we're good at seeing the whole picture. But, as I suggested in this piece, most of us are not. This is particularly true in business. Most managers focus relentlessly on serving the customer, making incremental improvements to core product or services, or finding yet another margin-saving efficiency. There is…


More is Not Always Best

Posted in Ask a New Question, Business, Business Models, Business School, General, Happiness, Human Resources, Innovation, Less is More, Management, Psychology, Questions, The Way We See the Problem

If you are a manager and want to position your company or organization to succeed in the future, I'd suggest changing the normal managerial question of "How do I get more out of my employees?" to "How do I get the best out of my employees?" Why? because passion, energy, creativity and innovation aren't easily…


Don’t Assume You More Than You Do

Posted in Anti-Library, Books, Change, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, Life Sciences, Quotes, Science

"… he has persuaded me that we can solve many of our problems as long as we don't assume that we know more than we do." So concludes John Horgan in his insightful review of David Deutsch's new book, The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Will Transform the World. I not only agree with the…


An Antidisciplinary Approach to Learning — and Unlearning

Posted in Ask a New Question, Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Future, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, Management, Problems into Opportunities, Robotics, Science, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearn Strategy

“One of the most important disciplines in the twenty-first will be no discipline at all,” writes Frank Moss in his new book, The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices—a new book about MIT’s Media Lab. So does this mean the hard disciplines of physics, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering can be abandoned? Absolutely not. Instead, the school—whose stated mission…


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