Randy Nelson, the former dean of Pixar University, describes four key aspects that employees in “innovative” companies need to have.
- Individuals need to show persistence as they develop mastery — or depth of knowledge — in an area that they are passionate about.
- They need to be curious and have a breadth of knowledge. In other words, they need to “be interested, not interesting.”
- Individuals need to be good communicators with the ability to translate complex ideas into something understandable and engaging.
- Finally, they need to understand collaboration as a way to amplify the ideas and expertise of a group. As a team, these individuals need to take each others’ ideas as a starting point and “plus” them. When given a piece of work, instead of judging, they take it as a starting point and ask, “What can we do with this?” via PD Summer: Ground Rules for the Web Tools Collective | Edutopia. Written by Eric Brunsell Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh