Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous – Washington Post

Alongside technical skills, America needs the creativity that a liberal arts education provides.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

This is a great article that reminds us that our success is based only in part on the hard skills we need to master.  We also need to cultivate the soft ones that fuel our curiosity, experimentation, ambition and enjoyment.  All great value is created at the intersection of hard and soft. #celebratefun

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8 Ways To Establish An Innovation Culture In Your Business – Fast Company

kept of Successful businesses manage innovation from concept to commercialization. Here’s how to bring this understanding to your company culture.

Source: www.fastcompany.com

The simple concept of experimentation cannot be underestimated.  Too often we substitute our judgement about the "truth" for that which is actually knowable through experimentation.  If we are wrong, which we often are, we risk setting priorities badly and allocating resource poorly.  #arrogancegrowswithage

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Do You Have The Patient Urgency Required For Successful Innovation? – Forbes

In corporate innovation, little else matters if your timing is wrong. Precise timing, however, is a fool’s errand. What is needed, instead, is a strong dose of “patient urgency.”

Source: www.forbes.com

I particularly like the article’s second point about developing and preserving options while deferring commitments until one has alignment of opportunity and resources.  Too often, we commit to an uncertain future we arrogantly believe is the only future resulting in waste time and money. #testfirst

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When Fatigue Boosts Creativity – The Atlantic

Most of the time, we do better on tasks when we’re most awake. But some problems require a mind that’s just a bit tired—or otherwise impaired.

Source: www.theatlantic.com

Interesting thought that some types of problems are best solved with less focus rather than more.  Focus brings with it boundaries and biases that limit the range of considered solutions.  #knowwhenyourenarrow

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The top 50 apps for creative minds – The Guardian

Our pick of the best tablet and smartphone tools to enable you to make films, music, art and more

Source: www.theguardian.com

A whole commons area at Google NYC is filled with Lego bricks and creations because Google encourages its employees to be creative everywhere.  I believe that any activity that expands creativity is good for growth so encourage those around you to exercise their creativity. #buildbiggerbusinesses

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Neil Blumenthal: Thinking Way Outside of the Box – Wall Street Journal (blog)

NEIL BLUMENTHAL: No matter what product or service your company offers, people have a way of finding out if you are genuinely providing value.

Source: blogs.wsj.com

These are great reminders of how things have changed.  There is no longer a way to build sustainable value based on a deceptive customer proposition.  Customers have always been smart but now the world is simply too transparent. #nomorefools

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How America’s Education Model Kills Creativity and Entrepreneurship

The current model of education in the United States is stifling the creative soul of our children. While this is troubling for a variety of reasons, it also has significant economic consequences for the future of our country.

Source: www.forbes.com

Maintaining creative confidence and competence is critical.  Schools aren’t the only place to engage a child’s creativity.  If we let them be creatively lazy when at home, we are doing them a disservice. #justsaynotovideogames #tvisanidiotbox

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