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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.

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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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The Rules of Power

The Big Idea for Monday, January 20, 2014

How do you create a true culture of innovation? You need to encourage people to experiment and take risks. And then you need to support them when they make mistakes. 

After all, we know that when people are happier and more engaged at work they are more creative and more productive. So under normal circumstances, what can be done to nourish employees' work lives?

Teresa Amabile, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, studies what really goes on inside the hearts and minds of people at work, and offers her suggestions in a lesson on Big Think Edge, the only forum on YouTube designed to help you get the skills you need to be successful in a rapidly changing world. 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Go Forth and Make Mistakes, Fearlessly!
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  2. 2 There's No Success Like Failure: Why You Need to Learn to Sing the Blues
    Robert Steven Kaplan What You're Really Meant To Do
  3. 3 Failure is not an option. It's a necessity.
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  4. 4 Don't Mistake Leadership for Management
    Marc Cenedella
 

The Rules of Power

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