Posts Tagged ‘Pixar’

CM 087: Steven Sloman on the Knowledge Illusion

Few of us realize how dependent we are on the people and objects around us for our knowledge. But Steven Sloman does. He reveals that we are constantly accessing expertise stored in our communities, our technologies, and in our environment. In fact, research reveals that many of us adopt positions on issues like climate change…

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CM 070: Francesca Gino on the Benefits of Nonconformity at Work

Employee engagement is at an all-time low, but why? Francesca Gino, an expert on employee engagement and productivity, advises that if we do only one thing to fix it, we should encourage our employees to stop conforming and be themselves. When she and members of her research team introduced small interventions that encouraged people to…

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Why Does Classroom Teaching Stay the Same?

No one sees it. That’s why classroom teaching today looks like it has for centuries. Ask teachers how often they get feedback on their teaching – on actual classroom interactions with students – and you’ll probably hear, “only when I’m on an evaluation cycle.” Ask tenured teachers, and you may hear, “never.” There’s a greater…

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‘Be Wrong as Fast as You Can’

Pixar President, Ed Catmull, talks about why failure is so important and so painful (Creativity, Inc., pp. 108-109): For most of us, failure comes with baggage . . . From a very early age, the message is drilled into our heads: Failure is bad; failure means you didn’t study or prepare; failure means you slacked off…

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‘Better, Wiser, and Kinder’

How do members of your team – especially your leaders – handle challenges, change, and growth over extended periods of time? Can they soften, support one another, listen, work to understand, empathize? Pixar struggled for nine years before they made it. Nine long years of adversity and obstacles. What they achieved in the end is inspiring. Here’s…

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