Moving Forward—Creating Space for Imagination

Listed below from Chapter Four are selected books and articles about the giraffe and its daily ease to move forward to feed. The herbivore’s behavior mirrors how companies today need to provide employees with more freedom or “space” to encourage an individual’s creativity  that will produce better ideas and move an organization forward through ongoing learning:

  • For more information on the Luddites’ fear of losing jobs and their rejection of change, see “Luddites of the World, Relax!” by Ellen Gibson (Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, Sept. 30, 2009).moving forward
  • A wonderful essay about dreaming and how the act often ends after graduating from college: “Daydream Believer” by James Seckington (The Chronicle Review, Jan. 22, 2010).
  • To read more about the award-winning comedic movie Big, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big.
  • This book reinforces the idea that as we age dreaming is vital for staying active: Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership by Warren Bennis with Patricia Ward Biederman (New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2010).
  • Jane McGonigal, a game designer, is considered one of the top thinkers under age thirty-five: “The Game of Life” by Evan R. Goldstein (The Chronicle Review, Jan. 14, 2011) and McGonigal’s book Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (London: Penguin Press, 2011).
  • To learn more about Jeff Bezos and the start of Amazon, see an interview with Jeff Bezos in A Museum of Living History (Washington, DC: 2001, Academy of Achievement).
  • The challenges of hiring less expensive contractors, including the risks and benefits, is explored in “Why America Is Going the Way of the Freelancer” by Tara Moore (CNNMoney, June 22, 2011).
  • A poem that supports the type of change humans need to achieve in the knowledge age: “Freedom” by William Stafford (1969). Also see the interview with Stafford by Dave Smith of Modern American Poetry (February 6, 1971: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/s_z/stafford/interview.htm).

 

About giraffesoftechnology

Giraffes of Technology: The Making of the 21st-Century Leader is an upcoming book by Dr. Hubert Glover with Professor John Curry. Link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Giraffes-Technology-Making-Twenty-First-Century-Leader/dp/1479349224/
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