- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (December 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143116738
- ISBN-13: 978-0143116738
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robinson (Out of Our Minds), renowned in the areas of creativity development, innovation and human resources, tackles the challenge of determining and pursuing work that is aligned with individual talents and passions to achieve well-being and success. The element is what he identifies as the point where the activities individuals enjoy and are naturally good at come together. Offering a wide range of stories about the creative journeys of different people with diverse paths to the element—including Paul McCartney, The Alchemist author Paulo Coelho, and Vidal Sassoon as well as lesser-known examples—he demonstrates a rich vision of human ability and creativity. Covering such topics as the power of creativity, circles of influence, and attitude and aptitude, the author emphasizes the importance of nurturing talent along with developing an understanding of how talent expresses itself differently in every individual. Robinson emphasizes the importance of mentors and reforming and transforming education, making a convincing argument bolstered by solid strategies for honing creativity. Motivating and persuasive, this entertaining and inspiring book will appeal to a wide audience. (Jan.)
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“The Element offers life-altering insights about the discovery of your true best self.” —Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
“Ken Robinson presents the theme of creativity and innovation in a way that makes you want to go out and make your dreams a reality. In his wonderfully easy-to-read and entertaining style he presents the stories of many who have done just that. . . . It is a book that lightens and lifts the minds and hearts of all who read it.” —Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., bestselling author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway® and Life is Huge!
“A great and inspiring book. It’s been said that an unexamined life is not worth living. True enough and Ken Robinson doesn’t let us off the hook. After the first page, you have to abandon your ego and look for your own gifts and graces.” —Warren Bennis, author of On Becoming a Leader: The Leadership Classic
“Robinson (Out of Our Minds), renowned in the areas of creativity development, innovation, and human resources, tackles the challenge of determining and pursuing work that is aligned with individual talents and passions to achieve well-being and success. . . . Motivating and persuasive, this entertaining and inspiring book will appeal to a wide audience.” —Publishers Weekly
“Ken Robinson is a remarkable man, one of the few who really look at and into you, so he makes you feel at ease and happy. I’m proud to be in his book as one of the people he feels attained the Element. Reading his book helps you pinpoint the search we must all make to achieve the best in us.” —Gillian Lynne, choreographer, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera
“While the world is changing faster than ever, our organizations, our schools, and too often our minds are locked in the habits of the past. The result is a massive waste of human talent. The Element is a passionate and persuasive appeal to think differently about ourselves and how to face the future.” —Alvin Toffler, author of The Future Shock
“A brilliant and compelling look at creativity, and the path to succeed in the global world of tomorrow.” —Harry Lodge, co-author of Younger Next Year
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Disappointing. Stick with his 20-minute TED talk “How schools kill creativity” and call it a day.
I was really looking forward to this book, but was rather disappointed.
Also, I just love this idea of combining a senior citizen home with an elementary school, seriously why don't we do this more often! Ch. 9 "Is It Too Late" goes in to far more detail than I will here, but it is an amazing idea where seniors walk by children every day and then they start to volunteer with them. It's a great idea for teaching literacy with young children and it's a great idea for improving the quality of lives in seniors everywhere. Why doesn't this happen more often???
Society by default seems to work against people finding their element. For example the inappropriately designed education system that rigidly focuses on a hierarchy of subjects, standardised assessments and the deliberate segregation of materials into subjects can prevent development of the skills needed by society as a whole. Ken shows that in order to find our element we need to break free of the constraints imposed by contemporary society and education systems; and find our creative spirit "outside the box" so to speak.
I enjoyed this book; it is rich in the diverse examples provided and is presented with just enough humour to be entertaining and serious at the same time. The book gets easier as Ken builds the foundations. Ken ends this edition with a thought provoking plea for us to think differently about the challenges of population growth in a world of limited resources; a scenario that demands the most innovative solutions possible from each of us who have been able to find their element.