Thought You Should See This, November 18th, 2011

This week, Roger Martin, dean of Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, swung by the New York office to talk strategy with Monitor partner, Steve Goldbach. I live-tweeted the affair… and captured the highlights in a blog post on Thought You Should See This. Touching on topics from executive compensation to the philosophy of serving on a board, Martin was thought-provoking and precise, as always.

Also this week on Thought You Should See This:
Jack Dorsey broke down his 80-hour work week, split between his responsibilities at Twitter and Square. Most interesting? That one full day is given over to nurturing the companies and their culture. Impressive.

The Guardian runs a profile of The Horse Whisperer author, Nicholas Evans. It’s astonishing, not simply for its account of the real-life drama that beset the writer and his family after they ate some poisonous mushrooms, but also for his insight into his craft and work.

British designer, researcher and educator Andy Polaine makes a powerful case for the failure of our academic institutions to produce the creative thinkers our future really needs.

Also on an education tip, Greg Matusky looks at the state of higher education through the lens of the Penn State scandal and calls for the bubble to burst.

Former Xerox PARC-er, Anne Balsamo laid out her philosophy of innovation, a welcome contrast with many of the “future of” videos that fail to imagine any kind of interesting future.

Designers “have to do things that a typist with a computer can’t do. This means that they have to be thinkers, problem-solvers, whether they like it or not.” Bob Gill, Pentagram founder and author of Bob Gill: So Far, spells it out.

Is “Stealing Ideas” Really Such a Great Idea? I questioned the trendy meme and failed to answer my own question.

Radiohead artist, Stanley Donwood, released a high resolution, free download of an image to be used by the Occupy protesters (shown, top).


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