Imagination is More Important Than Knowledge

Imagination is More Important Than Knowledge

I came across this quote the other day in the book Disrupt by Luke Williams (from frog design) and it hit me in it's simplicity: Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein Perhaps given the source I shouldn't be surprised by the simplicity, but it's such an obvious concept to me it got me to thinking about why every business leader doesn't have a six foot version of this posted in their lobby, their primary boardroom, and in their office.  Some may question the importance I am placing on this in the same way as we debate whether the strategy or the execution is most important, but let me walk you through my thinking and see if we can't come to an agreement on this one. Knowledge is the foundation of your business as it exists today.  After all we live in the "knowledge economy" and "knowledge workers" are our most important asset right? Let me propose an alternate view: Knowledge is the foundation of...
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The Power of Sharing

The Power of Sharing

In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that, I learn from him. - Ralph Waldo Emerson In this age of social networking the concept of sharing has become extremely commonplace, but I'm not sure we have improved the value we create through sharing as opposed to increasing the noise through which we have to wade to learn something new and valuable. Each of us has our own strengths, areas of unique knowledge, and body of knowledge that the world can learn from. Our experiences, while uniquely personal, bring us a perspective that nobody else in the world has or could articulate the learnings of. Like a kaleidoscope we each see the same world through slightly different lenses that have been shaped and coloured by our own unique experiences. With new mediums like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ (and a host of other emerging platforms for social networking) people have been empowered to share their experiences broadly,...
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