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Month: April 2019

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

At school we tend to put more of an emphasis on intellectual and mental growth rather than emotional despite the fact that at that time of life it would have been especially useful to at least learn something about our emotions and what we’re going through. We don’t get a lot of teaching about emotional intelligence in school. One of the reasons is because as kids we are still developing our emotions and trying to understand them, so it’s very…

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Like many people I was never taught critical thinking skills when I was younger and like many people if you stopped me on the street and asked me point blank to define exactly what critical thinking was, I would probably give you a blank stare back and say something like, “Um, it’s…thinking… critically…?” The fact that I couldn’t recognise it (even though I was convinced that I was doing it every day) meant that when someone or something challenged my…

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The Systems Perspective and the Curse of the Magic Bullet

The Systems Perspective and the Curse of the Magic Bullet

One of my favourite quotes ever (which I will paraphrase slightly) is from H. L. Mencken. It goes like this: “For every complex and difficult problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, easy to understand, and wrong.” I like that quote, not just because the ending is unexpected, but because it accurately describes the conventional wisdom about large complex problems and what we get wrong about them. I grew up with a very romantic view of problem solving….

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