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With a wry sense of humor, Ken Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the Element and those that stifle that possibility. He shows that age and occupation are no barrier and that once we have found our path, we can help others do so as well. The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st century.
" 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)
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By Samantha on 04-02-12
What disappointed you about The Element?
The Element is anecdotal, a series of stories with the same outcome. If you want interesting tidbits about a wide variety of well-known people (Arianna Huffington, Matt Groening, etc.) then you will enjoy this book. Unfortunately I expected some actionable items or thought-provoking ideas. About a third of the way through the book I grew tired of the stories and wanted more elaboration but there was very little forthcoming. A disappointment after watching and enjoying Robinson's TED talks.
43 of 45 people found this review helpful
By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12
Listening to Sir Ken
Like many I was first exposed to Ken Robinson from this TED talk. The Element is another book that should be read by leaders and passed around to work groups. It covers much of the same ground as Tribes, or Marcus Buckingham's work on Finding Your Strengths (which I use extensively in my graduate consulting course), but Robinson superior style and engaging personality make his work both enjoyable and always edifying. Where Robinson is at his best is where he makes connections with how our education system impedes students from finding their passions. At the same time, I wished for a deeper dive into our education system (particularly post-secondary education), and for a specific critique (grounded in history and political economy) for how our schools can hinder creativity. You will come away from this book even more depressed about our manic focus on testing, and even more committed to enabling the passions in your colleagues and children.
25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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By Conrad on 05-27-12
I've listened to it over and over. It is not just the writing that makes this book so informative and entertaining, but also the delivery and the readers' voice. He has such an engaging way of speaking that it really draws you in. I've listen to this five times, and I probably will listen 5 times more.
Such a shame his new book is not narrated by him!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By bill on 08-14-17
a must read for everybody interested in education
witty and well paced, Sir Ken' s ideas and observations are becoming a household topic as we all start to accept that our current education system and it curriculum is far out dated and restrictive, so many solutions and new ways of thinking are addressed in this book. this is a MUST READ!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful