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Sorry Haters, Political Correctness Actually Boosts Creativity

A new study out of Cornell claims that if you have a diverse team, watching your language actually improves performance.
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Why geniuses don't have jobs

Why geniuses don't have jobs | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
There is a massive problem with our employment system - find out why we don't know how to employ geniuses
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Dave Logan suggests: "Genius is often so narrow that it passes unidentified through competency screenings that many companies use to find "the right people.

The heart of the problem for geniuses -- people who are 9 or 10 at something -- are that they are probably a 2-3 in other areas."

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Stranger in a Strange Land: Agency Skills in a Corporate World - ERE.net

Stranger in a Strange Land: Agency Skills in a Corporate World - ERE.net | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Indeed, companies hire executive search firms for this very reason: they need a pirate but can’t afford to have one associated with their brand. So they contract an outside vendor and gain the skills while sparing the brand.

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excerpt: "When their approach to recruiting butts up against layers of bureaucracy, they realize they’re in a land where process and predictability are prized over results. It’s more important to ensure that the process shows that every candidate was treated equally than to get a hire. Mediocrity is acceptable, and they are handcuffed with no way to use their skills. In short, their creative, aggressive strengths are at odds with an HR culture. The bottom line realization is that if you’re really talented, you’ll leave."

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5 Reasons to Calm Down Your Analytical Mind

5 Reasons to Calm Down Your Analytical Mind | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Your analytical mind comes with both advantages and disadvantages. There are certain situations where it's better to calm down too much thinking and rationality.
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This is part of a useful cycle. You race the analytical mind to absorb knowledge and to explore information. Then you run the creative, associative mind to find connections between personal experiences, observations, and information. But too much of anything can be bad.

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9 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Design Thinking

9 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Design Thinking | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How Lippincott, the branding and strategy firm behind Coca-Cola's swirl, Starbucks's logo, and Samsung's global identity, fuses creativity and analytics.
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“DRiVE” Me Crazy! - Intrinsic Motivation and Behaviorist, Aubrey Daniels

“DRiVE” Me Crazy! - Intrinsic Motivation and Behaviorist, Aubrey Daniels | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

We are “intrinsically motivated purpose maximizers” - ah, what?


In his new book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Dan Pink says that a new motivational operating system, what he calls Motivation 3.0, is needed for today’s business because what science has discovered is that people are “intrinsically motivated purpose maximizers.”  - 

 

The book jacket says, “He (Pink) demonstrates that while carrots and sticks worked successfully in the twentieth century, that’s precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today’s challenges.”

 

These kinds of statements drive me crazy.  What does “intrinsically motivated purpose maximizers” mean?  Did “carrot and stick” ever really work?

 

...Is it true that people in the caveman era were not creative? I am sure that the caveman of the television ads, “So easy a caveman can do it” fame would be offended.  Imagine the ‘thinking outside the box’ caveman who came upon the act of fire starting, and then repeated until finally controlling fire.  

 

- See more at: http://aubreydaniels.com/blog/2010/01/26/drive-me-crazy/#sthash.TtBSG3YX.dpuf


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 29, 2013 4:47 PM

I listened to a Dan Pink interview for the WBECS (World Business Executive Coaching Summit) conference and agree with Aubrey Daniel's assessment, even tho' I'm not much of a behaviorist.  See if you agree.

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I'm having the same crazed frustration! Gamification is taking on the non-duality of motivation, and some researchers are questioning the validity of the so-called research supporting the duality and the idea the extrinsics diminish intrinsic motivation. Meanwhile, the Greek philosophers have explored hedonism (as motivation--not the resort) and philosophers have focused attention and thought on what motivates.
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How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Scientists are always uncovering new ways into how people learn best, and some of the most recent neuroscience research has shown connections between basic survival functions, social and emotional reactions to the world, and creative impulses.


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, March 16, 2013 4:17 AM

Students’ social and emotional reactions to learning are imperative to feeling motivated to learn and to their ability to creatively solve problems, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang,

Brenda Robinson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 9:46 AM

That is one great thing about FACEBOOK AND TWITTER, it forms connections and inspires people to "DO" and "ACT".

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Creativity, Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking, Problem solving, Decision making, innovation

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This is interesting. It is created by "Air University" with the slogan, "Air Education and Training Command - Develop America's Airmen Today...For Tomorrow." My assumption is that problem solving, decision making, thinking skills, creativity, and thinking skills will receive a rigorous approach...more so than many other fields. 

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Swati Lahiri's comment, March 20, 2013 2:53 PM
Spot on Duane..this is so much useful and you know how passionately I feel about incorporating all this into the core curiculum or for that matter just include all this as an after school programme- does not matter which route we take ,as long as the transmission happens. Many thanks !
Swati Lahiri's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:54 PM

These are all the core skills that our students/children need to get more empowered and have a better tomorrow !

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Ways to kill ideas

There are many ways to kill creative ideas - here are just a few.
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A list is provided. Things to remember.

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Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:Fundamentals of Creativity

Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:Fundamentals of Creativity | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Characteristics of Highly Creative People

Characteristics of Highly Creative People | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Creative people make more use of their mental raw material and practice less intellectual regulation.
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What you see in students, as well as what you should LOOK for in students, is listed and explored. These are the characteristics a creative classroom needs to support (or redirect, in some cases). Teacher preparation programs need to offer courses that explore strategies for encouraging creative students and creativity in the profession while still achieving the goals and objectives of the profession itself.

 

We administrators should be aware of these tendencies as well--in ourselves, in our students, as well as in those we supervise.

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11 Ideas for Fostering an Innovative Culture | Connected Principals

11 Ideas for Fostering an Innovative Culture | Connected Principals | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by MSVG Working with a group of administrators in Coquitlam, BC, I talked about some of the things that we have...
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12 Deadly Inventions That Killed Their Creators

Technological progress is not the iPhone 5 or the Nexus 7. Technological progress is creating things that nobody has ever seen before, things that push humanity forward.

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H.O.T. / D.O.K.: Teaching Higher Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge: Michael Crichton + Cognitive Rigor + Common Core = Complexity Through Creativity

H.O.T. / D.O.K.: Teaching Higher Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge: Michael Crichton + Cognitive Rigor + Common Core = Complexity Through Creativity | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Latest Blog: Michael Crichton + Cognitive Rigor + Common Core = Complexity Through Creativity #MichaelCrichton #CCSS
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John R. Walkup's curator insight, August 20, 2014 9:31 PM

Erik Francis, one of the biggest proponents of rigorous teaching one will ever find, presents another good blog article on Cognitive Rigor and the Common Core. 

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THE PIIRTO PYRAMID OF TALENT DEVELOPMENT

THE PIIRTO PYRAMID OF TALENT DEVELOPMENT | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Since the identification of talent potential is not an exact science, we must seek to be inclusive rather than exclusive. The Piirto Pyramid framework may be helpful to allstudents and their teachers since it identifies influences that are significant in the development of talents. For example, one high school teacher of Advanced Placement English classes uses the Pyramid of Talent Development at the beginning of the year to establish a framework within which they will be learning more about literature. Others use the Pyramid in helping students do biographical studies of talented people; some find that the Piirto Pyramid is helpful in explaining to colleagues and parents where the school or home needs to puts its emphasis in helping develop students’ talents The framework is also useful for teachers in many fields who teach many grades.

 
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excerpt: "In addition, everyone is influenced by five "suns." These suns may be likened to certain factors in the environment. They are the sun of home, the sun of school, the sun of community and culture, the sun of gender, and the sun of chance.

The three major suns refer to a child's being (1) in a positive and nurturing home environment, and (2) in a community and culture that conveys values compatible with the educational institution, and that provides support for the home and the school. The (3) school is a key factor, especially for those children whose other "suns" may have clouds in front of them. Other, smaller suns are (4) the influence ofgender, and (5) what chance can provide. The presence or absence of all or several of these make the difference between whether a talent is developed or whether it atrophies."

 

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The Importance of Grit in Students Infographic

The Importance of Grit in Students Infographic | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

The Department of Education is recognizing the importance of grit by calling for educational programs that will help students of all ages develop this key characteristic. Academic studies have identified grit as a success factor in contexts as diverse as the National Spelling Bee, West Point,... http://elearninginfographics.com/the-importance-of-grit-in-students-infographic/


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Are researchers catching on that Grit is evolved from Bandura's self-efficacy and psychological resilience?


The study of resilience reveals that resilience is acquired from experiences as well as from learning. They are sometimes referred to as factors and skills. This is at the heart of acquiring "grit" which a mature form of self-efficacy if self-efficacy is viewed on an maturation/developmental scale.

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Are researchers catching on that Grit is evolved from Bandura's self-efficacy and psychological resilience?
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China isn't creative enough to win a Nobel Prize for science - The Week UK

China isn't creative enough to win a Nobel Prize for science - The Week UK | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
China isn't creative enough to win a Nobel Prize for science The Week UK Triumph in the Nobel science category has become entwined in China's resurgent nationalism, a national priority on a par with the hosting of a successful Olympics or landing a...
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Interesting approach. I should look at Nobel prizes over the past 10 years. If the PISA results aren't supported with Nobel prizes--or other innovation prizes--then what is the value of the PISAs at all? 

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The 5 Key Stages of the Creative Processs

The 5 Key Stages of the Creative Processs | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A complete breakdown of the creative process. Learn how it works and improve your own creativity.
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Creative Management Lessons From The Difficult Men Who Changed Television

Creative Management Lessons From The Difficult Men Who Changed Television | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
In his new book Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution, GQ correspondent Brett Martin gives us a dishy history of the transformation of the TV drama. Martin’s title has two senses.
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A great question in thie article: "Simon was sometimes puzzled that people thought he was angry at them personally, when in fact he simply saw himself engaged in healthy debate. How do you challenge someone without seeming like a jerk?"

 

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Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker

Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
If spontaneity is something you need to work on, consider trying out some of these improvisation exercises to get your mind thinking more quickly and creatively.
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It's a bit cheaper than joining a local improv group and you're less likely to run into a former student. I wonder if something similar could be tried with a random photo with a command "add caption". It could be an icebreaker at a training worshop or some other group gethering. If people are too shy, you could break into small groups where people can choose a caption. 

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Teaching Creativity « Odyssey of the Mind HQ

Teaching Creativity « Odyssey of the Mind HQ | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
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Site provides a curriculum for the fostering of original and creative thinking. Something to explore. Who has followed/implemented this curriculum? What are your findings? How did you manage it if your school must also honor the common core state standards?

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How Seemingly Irrelevant Ideas Lead to Breakthrough Innovation - Knowledge@Wharton

How Seemingly Irrelevant Ideas Lead to Breakthrough Innovation - Knowledge@Wharton | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How Seemingly Irrelevant Ideas Lead to Breakthrough Innovation by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.

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Vicki Butler's curator insight, February 1, 2013 1:33 PM

At Reebok, the cushioning in a best-selling basketball shoe reflects technology borrowed from intravenous fluid bags. Semiconductor firm Qualcomm's revolutionary color display technology is rooted in the microstructures of the Morpho butterfly's wings. And at IDEO, developers designed a leak-proof water bottle using the technology from a shampoo bottle top.

Vicki Butler's curator insight, February 1, 2013 1:33 PM

At Reebok, the cushioning in a best-selling basketball shoe reflects technology borrowed from intravenous fluid bags. Semiconductor firm Qualcomm's revolutionary color display technology is rooted in the microstructures of the Morpho butterfly's wings. And at IDEO, developers designed a leak-proof water bottle using the technology from a shampoo bottle top.

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Stuff of Genius

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Stuff of Genius tells the story behind everyday inventions. From the bikini to super wheat and everything in between. Viewers will learn the stories of unsun...
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Numbers Can Lie: What TIMSS and PISA Truly Tell Us, if Anything?

Numbers Can Lie: What TIMSS and PISA Truly Tell Us, if Anything? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
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Yong Zhao poses some thought-provoking questions about US student performance as reported from famous international testing data. Especially in view of the historical data. I wonder how many others are analyzing this kind of data. It certainly sounds more positive than what is being reported.

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The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure

The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
To innovate, stop worrying about "failure" and start thinking of "learning."...
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