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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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What You Need To Get To The Top

April 22, 2011, 6:54 AM

What is the Latest Development?

A New York Times survey of more than 70 chief executives and leaders helped identify the X factors for reaching the top of an organization: Passionate curiosity, battle-hardened confidence, team smarts, a simple mindset, and fearlessness. And the good news is that they can be developed, according to NYT columnist Adam Bryant, and "will lift the trajectory of your career and speed your progress." 

What is the Big Idea?

These are the things that top CEOs do. They remain relentlessly questioning and infectiously fascinated with everything around them. They overcome and even relish adversity. (Job candidates can expect to be asked how they've dealt with failure in the past.) And more than just being a team player, they understand how teams work and how to get the most from players. As communicators they're clear, concise, and keep it simple. And they aren't freaked out by uncertainty. Instead, they see opportunity in the unknown and take calculated, informed risks.


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