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If innovation is a priority but still proving a challenge, here's the solution.

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Successful businesses are now asking their staff to come up with new ideas, innovation and better ways of doing things. The trouble is, most people have been successful at school and work by doing …

Successful businesses are now asking their staff to come up with new ideas, innovation and better ways of doing things. The trouble is, most people have been successful at school and work by doing what they're told.

We're killing creativity in our kids, and in our teams. The school system was setup for a different time, the Industrial Revolution. Now we need people that can disrupt and challenge as much as we need people that can do what they're told.

Now more than ever, we need people playing to their strengths, not playing by all the rules.


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  • 1. “Let's stop killing creativity.”
  • 2. You're told from an early age if you work hard at school ... You're told from an early age if you work hard at school ...
  • 3. ...you'll be rewarded with a job.
  • 4. There's no guarantee any more.
  • 5. In 1870 the first 'free for all' education system was set up based on Maths, Languages and Science... How did we get here?
  • 6. ...to supply workers that met the demands of the Industrial Revolution. ...to supply workers that met the demands of the Industrial Revolution.
  • 7. Ford later created the Assembly line, paying twice the average wage.
  • 8. ...and for a long time standardised production worked well...
  • 9. ...in offices too.
  • 10. But now we don't just need people with skills in academic subjects
  • 11. We also need creativityWe also need creativity
  • 12. The GOOD NEWS: 98% of children aged 3-5 passed NASA creativity test at GENIUS LEVEL Source: Beth Jarman & Dr. George Land N=1,500
  • 13. The BAD NEWS? The same children were tested 10 years later. Only 12% passed at GENIUS level this time. Source: Beth Jarman & Dr. George Land N=1,500
  • 14. We are sucking the creativity out of our children
  • 15. Most parents and teachers will focus time on children's weaknesses Source: Gallup
  • 16. Instead of helping them develop their strengths
  • 17. Yes, we still need people that are brilliant at maths and science...
  • 18. ...but there are people just as brilliant that aren't academic.
  • 19. Embrace and encourage diversity & curiosity
  • 20. It's how Australia can stop industries collapsing...and create new ones It's how Australia can stop industries collapsing...and create new ones
  • 21. If your business wants people who can come up with new ideas and challenge the status quo...
  • 22. ...first identify the strengths of your team & embrace them. (it's not that as hard as you may think)
  • 23. “You don't have to be good at everything. Play to your strengths.”
  • 24. “You don't have to be good at everything. Play to your strengths.”
  • 25. Out Now.