Knowledge and Learning In The News - 11/2/2006

Managing Those Creative Types - Gallup
But it can be hard to evaluate creativity. What tends to happen is that companies give the toughest problems to the best people, but then they can't evaluate who's best because the best people -- the most productive people, the brightest people -- have the toughest problems to solve. That makes it hard to compare because people are working on different kinds of problems.

The Tao of Holding Space - Parking Lot
"The Tao of Holding Space" - a collection of interpretations of the 81 short chapters of the Chinese classic Tao te Ching as they apply to my experience of holding space.

The Fundamentals of Performance Management - Gallup
Three keys to creating a system that eliminates costly variation in employee performance. Engaged employees stay on the job longer, and they are safer, more productive, and more profitable.

Microsoft to give students a hand at math, science - Seattle PI
The major goal is to get kids excited about math, and help their parents realize how important it is for their children to do well in the subject. One idea being floated is to have Microsoft employees volunteer to meet with kids to explain how they use math on the job, such as in developing the Xbox videogame player. If kids can see real-world applications for the advanced math skills they'll learn in school, it can get them more enthused about the subject.

U.S. Adds Wiki to Spy Arsenal - Wired
The wiki could lead to more accurate intelligence reports because the system allows a wider range of officials to scrutinize material and keeps a complete, permanent record of individual contributions, including dissenting points of view. That might help avoid errors of the kind that led to the widely criticized 2002 national intelligence estimate that said Saddam Hussein possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

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