A Quote For The Day From Sir Ken Robinson — On Creativity

I was re-watching Sir Ken Robinson’s wonderful presentation from the 2006 Ted Conference, Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity, and this quote jumped out at me: “Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value.” (By the way, this definition is also in his book:  the Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.… Read More A Quote For The Day From Sir Ken Robinson — On Creativity

My personal “Bests” — from business books I presented in 2009

In 2009, I presented twelve book synopses at the First Friday Book Synopsis (as I do every year).  At the bottom of this post, I list the books by month. (Remember, my colleague Karl Krayer presented a different book each month). Here are a few “bests” — my selections —  re. the books from the… Read More My personal “Bests” — from business books I presented in 2009

Reinforcement for that 10,000 hour rule and the Power of Deliberate Practice (from Coach Wooden, Gladwell, Colvin, and Levitt & Dubner)

I first learned of the 10,000 hour rule — it takes 10,000 hours to get really good at/to truly master any skill –from reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  Then I learned more about how to spend the 10,000 hours in “deliberate practice” from Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. Here’s more.  In Superfreakonomics, Levitt and… Read More Reinforcement for that 10,000 hour rule and the Power of Deliberate Practice (from Coach Wooden, Gladwell, Colvin, and Levitt & Dubner)

My favorite line from Ken Robinson’s The Element — and a couple of other reflections

This past Friday, I preseented a synopsis of the wonderful book the Element:  How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson, Ph.D.  I have a few comments on the book, and a reflection on the morning at the First Friday Book Synopsis. First, the book.  It is a really good read!  This book is a “feel… Read More My favorite line from Ken Robinson’s The Element — and a couple of other reflections

Passion — The Crucial Ingredient that Precedes “Getting Really Good” at Something

There is a clear finding in the books I have presented so far in 2009.  If you put Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell with Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin, you learn that getting really, really good at anything requires a lot, a whole lot, of hard work, with a discipline of pursuing “deliberate practice” over the… Read More Passion — The Crucial Ingredient that Precedes “Getting Really Good” at Something