The Interview as a Teacher

"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it."  Albert Einstein Sometimes information only exists in a person’s head, so an interview is a way to extract it so that others may learn from the interviewee. An interview is a data gathering technique, and interviews are great teaching tools, especially when the interviewee is knowledgeable and wise. But it’s important to understand the knowledge hierarchy: data—information—knowledge—wisdom. When you move from data to wisdom, you further your level of understanding. And that’s what you’d like to happen for … [Read more...]

The Formula for Generating Great Ideas

While I was reading How to Get Great Ideas by Estelle H. Ries (1961), it became evident that it was simply a new spin on the information by James Webb Young (Technique for Producing Great Ideas) and Graham Wallas (Creativity Model in Art of Thought, which is an extension of Hermann von Helmholtz's model) that we have covered on this blog, but generating great ideas is an important art so it’s worth repeating. To make this process relevant, think about the following or any other pressing need, and use the formula to see where it leads you: Process that needs improving at work Product does … [Read more...]

How to Generate Creative Ideas

How creative are your ideas? How many creative ideas do you get? And what process do you use to generate creative ideas. The ability to think creatively, or generate creative ideas might just be the skill that gives you a competitive edge. Below is a model which is a combination of Graham Wallas' and James Webb Young's creativity models (Based on my life experiences, I have added information to the models). What can you add to the model to make it better? If your project is just for fun you do not have to follow all the steps, especially the ones in data collection (for example interviewing … [Read more...]

Do You Make This Mistake About Knowledge?

Image via Wikipedia It’s often been said that knowledge is power, but I have never subscribed to that belief. I have always changed the phrase to knowledge is power if you know what to do with it. What are your thoughts? Do you believe that knowledge is power? Think back to a time when you felt powerful, was it because of your knowledge, or was it how you were able to apply that knowledge that made you feel powerful? Bruce Lee knew exactly what he was talking about when he said, “Knowing is not enough, you must apply; willing is not enough, you must do.” Each of us has our own … [Read more...]