Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity
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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Big Brains, Small Minds

Big Brains, Small Minds | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

If we treat the contemplation of the best life as a luxury we cannot afford, seemingly urgent matters will crowd out the truly important ones.

"If the aim of education is to gain money and power, where can we turn for help in knowing what to do with that money and power? Plato knew this firsthand. He had watched as ambition, tied to technological superiority, had led his fellow Athenians to engage in a number of poorly conceived military campaigns, the last of which had allowed the Spartans to lay siege to Athens. In the face of such a ruthless foe, Athens did what any wealthy democracy would do: It built a wall around itself. Some of the walls of the Peloponnesian War are still visible, hastily built out of whatever the Athenians could lay hands on — the remnants of roofs and doorposts — suggesting that some buildings were torn down to make them. That is instructive, if not cautionary. It is often the case that in our attempts to guard ourselves we destroy the very things that we long to protect. Identifying and negotiating these paradoxes is the stuff of a liberal-arts education."


Via Sharrock
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The article blends Plato and Aristotle. Education is a much broader concept than schooling and school is merely one component. To ask questions in ways that open conversations up and keep them open is a key to all forms of education, including school.
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Sharrock's curator insight, May 16, 2016 9:43 AM
I find that the same argument can be made about dogmatic atheists rejecting religious knowledge. There is a wealth of information available concerning dignity, happiness, meaningful living, ethics and morality (to name just a few). A lot of heavy lifting has already been done. Combining these ideas with religiously-motivated philosophy may advance our understanding of dignity which drives many discussions about rights and culture-building. 
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Wise Quote

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This is well said.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, April 17, 2014 11:28 AM

"The problem with that approach is that [life] is too dynamic. Situations rarely repeat. Human behavior is diverse, erratic, and often unpredictable." ~ http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/04/how-to-override-your-default-reactions-in-tough-moments/

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What Is It to Be Intellectually Humble?

What Is It to Be Intellectually Humble? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Knowledge comes into us through a variety of channels that can be blocked by our concern for status, and the successful knowledge-seeker will be one who keeps those channels open. The process requires that we be able to “listen,” either literally or figuratively, to what others say. If what they say shows them to be superior to us in knowledge, we will be hampered in our learning if our first reaction is to try to show that we know as much as they or more. The process also requires that we be corrigible, that we be open to the possibility that our opinions are in some way misguided. If, whenever our status as knowers is threatened by the specter of correction, we feel that we must prove ourselves to have been in the right, we will have closed off an avenue of knowledge and crippled ourselves as inquirers. It can be particularly galling, if one lacks intellectual humility, to be corrected in a public forum; and the galling can obstruct the process of learning.

 


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Skepticism begins with our own thinking and ideas.

 

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Sharrock's curator insight, December 9, 2013 11:57 AM

The most important value for learners is humility, but it should not be considered the only value. Credibility should be held as another value, but also is not the only value of imporance.