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Tips for creative success from Pixar. Randy Nelson is Dean of Pixar University and gives a really nice 9-min talk below with important content for all professionals and students.

Tips for creative success from Pixar

The talk is called Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age. Pixar is the kind of company that focuses hard on the development of its people, and Nelson is someone who has a lot of experience helping very creative people communicate and collaborate better. I like the way Nelson expresses his ideas on stage and connects with his audience at this Apple Education Leadership Summit, but it's his ideas that are really the takeaway here. Below the video, I summarize some of his key points for your review. Improv and collaboration Pixar uses improv as a mechanism of collaboration. What should we be looking for? Aptitudes for success in a creative world (1) Mastery of subject (depth). Collaboration and education There are lessons to be learned from Pixar. H/T @SirKenRobinson. The Way We Work Is Changing - Hannah Morgan.

10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life - Alexandra Samuel - The Conversation. By Alexandra Samuel | 9:30 AM July 15, 2010 [Visit Alexandra Samuel's new blog on at #thankyoujesus for irl and online friends.

10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life - Alexandra Samuel - The Conversation

Couldn’t live w/o either. Laptop down. It’s IRL Face Time! It was so cool meeting you irl! And it’s a lie. If we still refer to the offline world as “real life,” it’s only a sign of deep denial — or unwarranted shame — about what reality looks like in the 21st century. The Internet’s impact on our daily lives, experiences and relationships is real. And yet many of us feel like we don’t have a lot of choices about the role of the Internet in our lives. Still, the fact that life online can occasionally surprise and delight us points us towards the truth: it’s not the Internet itself that leads to pathologies like cyber-bullying, spam and identity theft.

There’s no denying the differences between life online and off. It’s time to start living in 21st century reality: a reality that is both on- and offline. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Why Your Customers Don't Want to Talk to You - Matt Dixon and Lara Ponomareff - The Conversation. By Matt Dixon and Lara Ponomareff | 8:36 AM July 28, 2010 Have you ever walked into an airport, seen that there is nobody in line at the check-in counter, but still made a bee-line for the self-service kiosk?

Why Your Customers Don't Want to Talk to You - Matt Dixon and Lara Ponomareff - The Conversation

Better yet, have you ever waited in line for an ATM machine even though there is nobody in line for the teller inside the bank? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you’re not alone. Most customers these days demonstrate a huge — and increasing — appetite for self-service, yet most companies run their operations as if customers prefer to interact with them live.

In our research on this topic (which we discuss in our recent HBR article “Stop Trying to Delight Your Customers“), we’ve found that corporate leaders dramatically overestimate the extent to which their customers actually want to talk to them. This attitude toward self-service has been a long time coming. What is it that makes self service so appealing? How often does channel switching happen? Higher Education Is Overrated; Skills Aren't - Michael Schrage. By Michael Schrage | 10:38 AM July 29, 2010 With innovation, entrepreneurship and significantly smarter fiscal policies, America should eventually escape its “hireless recovery.”

Higher Education Is Overrated; Skills Aren't - Michael Schrage

But what won’t hasten new hiring — and might even dampen job prospects — is the mythical belief that higher education invariably leads to higher employment and better jobs. It doesn’t. Foolish New York Times stories notwithstanding, education is a misleading-to-malignant proxy for economic productivity or performance. Knowledge may be power, but “knowledge from college” is neither predictor nor guarantor of success.

Are they right? Eduzealots have done a truly awful thing to serious human capital conversations and analyses around employment. We have a huge branding issue. As Atkinson’s anecdotes affirm, there’s no shortage of “well- educated” college graduates who can’t write intelligible synopses or manage simple spreadsheets. Higher education institutions do decently with knowledge transmission. The Creativity Crisis.