Notes on Openness: To Experience

Trait or Value? Openness to experience has been considered a personality trait for over 50 years and includes aspects like curiosity, imagination and introspection. Trait usually refers to the part of a person’s personality that won’t change much after the age of maturity. I’m beginning to think, though, that a lot of what we call…

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Notes on Creativity

Definition? I usually hear creativity defined something like this: the creation of something new, especially an artistic work. I’ve realized that’s a narrow definition. One, are we really capable of creating something new? Two, creativity is not relegated to the arts.   My working definition is something like this: openness to making connections between seemingly…

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Good Help is Still Hard to Find – The IT Talent Conundrum


Post authored by: Christopher Shivers — Director of Research at Cook Systems Good talent in any industry is hard to find and keep; IT talent is even harder. Two qualities are at the center of the dilemma: adaptability and sociability. Adaptability is the quality of being flexible enough to alter course with changing conditions while continuing to…

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How To: Candor

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Post authored by: Christopher Shivers — Director of Research at Cook Systems Ever wonder why some groups seem to make progress quickly, not becoming bogged down in unhelpful process or bad attitude?  They’ve learned to employ candor. DOWNLOAD PDF Candor is… Candor is open and frank expression of thoughts and feelings. It doesn’t project or receive things…

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