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Musical Memory

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The cream of the crop students sat in an International Baccalaureate high school history class. They listened attentively to a teacher who had come back from retirement just to teach such a group. Strolling…

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The recipe for a boring book

Recently I read a description of a street scene which included the cry of a woman as she hawked hot banh minh. The very use of the word “hawked” which denotes selling goods on the street and banh minh, which … Continue reading

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Why leaders aren’t more self-aware

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Kaiser Wilhelm II An example of a leader low in self awareness. Perhaps the last century’s swing towards the outgoing, outspoken, in charge leader, who always exuded confidence has created the increasing need for…

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Self awareness and leadership

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According to the original meaning of self-awareness over 99.9 % of humanity qualify for this trait because people are aware of their existence. So, this is not enough to be considered special. However, self-awareness…

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Learning not to be self-aware

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Recently I was reading research about grammar police, the people who notice every misspelling and usage error in your writing and assume that you are ignorant based on these errors. Evidently they are disagreeable…

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Are children more creative?

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If you listened to Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk about “How Schools Kill Creativity” [1], you would assume most children enter school tremendously talented and creative and exit at the opposite end of the spectrum.…

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Can creativity be taught?

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?  Emmanuel Fremiet’s depiction of himself creating a sculpture model Anyone working with a program to encourage creativity has found that deliberate efforts to kick start creativity may fail while creative works may still…

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The origin of originality

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Start any discussions on the origin of creativity and you will quickly find the group divided. On one side people claim it is an innate trait. You are either born with or without it.…

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Optimist or pessimist

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How does a person’s view of the world –optimistic or pessimistic–affect creativity? Psychologist have noted that the average human has a bias towards optimism. People live with the illusion that most situations will turn…

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Creative styles – what’s in fashion now?

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Does creativity equate with keeping up with the latest trends? I wince a bit at this thought and realize how many people assume “early adopter” is same as creativity. I realize that no one…

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