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I’ve said here before that the joy of being a parent is the wonderment that your children provide. There’s nothing quite as special as when they touch you with their own unique and incisive view on the world; when they teach you what it is to be human.

The combination of Simon & Eoin’s insights here are a reminder of what we are and what we can be. As Simon points out, sometimes we just need to unlearn what we have learned!


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In a recent blogpost, the never less than excellent Doug Shaw discussed the challenge facing those who are seeking to overhaul our education system and in so doing referred to some startling facts about the loss over time of the skill of divergent thinking. A skill that seems vital for the collaborative work that is becoming increasingly important across many industry sectors and business functions. Serendipitously, I received this morning an email from my good friend David Goddin coming back to me on an invitation I extended to his son, Eoin, during a Twitter exchange back in May in response to a guest post he had written for David’s blog. I was struck by the clarity of what he wrote, unclouded as his thinking is by any cynicism or received wisdom and Doug’s post chimed neatly with the train of thought that speaking virtually with Eoin had provoked.


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