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The Essential Element of Creativity

Posted in Ambiguity, Creativity, Human Resources

IBM recently 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, I 'd argue begins with the ability to unlearn.  It is now generally understood that today's more successful companies…

Let It Go

Posted in Behavior, Change, Games, Human Resources, Parenting, Stories, Unlearn Strategy, Wisdom

I have two children — ages 9 and 11. I love them dearly but they have been known to not play so nicely with one another on occasion. What I find really fascinating is how they can be at each other's throat one minute and then playing peacefully together the next minute. They have mastered…

Sweat the Small Stuff

Posted in Behavior, Change, Creativity, General, Government, Human Resources, Paradox, TED, Unlearn Strategy

This past February I wrote a post entitled Big Problems Don't Always Require Big Fixes. In a fascinating and informative TED talk Rory Sutherland has expanded upon this theme. If you have 12 minutes, I encourage you to watch the video.   If you don't have the time, the major piece of unlearning which society must…

Money Doesn’t Make the World — or You — Go Round

Posted in Behavior, Business, Culture, Economics, Human Resources, Paradox

A brilliant insight delivered in a clever format. Kudos to Dan Pink:

You’re Different, You’re Different, You’re Different

Posted in Behavior, Human Resources

Seth Godin has an excellent post entitled We're the Same, We're the Same, We're the Same. In it, he argues that most businesses' ads all look the same. He then goes on to mention that most people's resumes also look the same. I've said if before and I'll say it again, if you want to…

What’s on Your Anti-Resume?

Posted in Behavior, Business, Culture, Human Resources, Unlearn Strategy

Unlearning is about having some intellectual humility and checking your ego. To this end, I'd like to suggest that another way to unlearn is draft up an anti-resume. An anti-resume is, quite simply, a list of knowledge you don't have or experiences which you haven't yet, well, experienced. For example, what didn't you study in…

Hear What I Say: Unlearn

Posted in Behavior, Creativity, Culture, Games, Human Resources, Listen, Psychology, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

Imagine the year is 1980 and this motley crew (see the picture to the right) walks into your office to sell you on some great big scheme that will make everyone a lot of money.  Would you listen to them? You might but, even if you did, you probably wouldn't really hear what they said because…

What Don’t You Like?

Posted in Business, General, Human Resources, Unlearn Strategy

After a year and a half of using this website as a kind of notebook for my ideas about unlearning, I will soon be merging this site with my main website, www.jumpthecurve.net, under a totally new site (www.jackuldrich.com) in which I intend to brand myself as a futurist, an agent of change, author, speaker and…

When Data and Decisions Collide: Unlearning Needs to Result

Posted in Advertising, Automobile, Business, Culture, Education, Future, Health Care, Human Resources, Internet, Marketing, Philosophy, Politics, Science, Transportation, Unlearn Strategy

Fellow blogger and change agent, Seth Godin, has an excellent post today entitled "When data and decisions collide." In it, he recounts numerous examples of people ignoring data because it doesn't line up with their "hunches" — or what people think they know but "just ain't so." Godin is pessimistic about the time it will take most…

To Unlearn: Consider Tying Yourself Down Like Odysseus

Posted in Business, General, Human Resources

You are about to make an important hiring decision and it is almost time for the all-important face-to-face interview. If you could only ask one of the following ten questions, which would you choose: 1.   Why should I hire you? 2.   What do you see yourself doing five years from now? 3.  …


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