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https://www.pearson.com/en-us/subject-catalog/p/introduction-to-creativity-and-innovation-for-engineers/P200000003347/9780133587074?tab=title-overv Chapter 2 is titled "The Brain: A Primer." I am not suggesting we master brain knowledge like a neurosurgeon would -- just the basics. Learn about neuroplasticity, conscious and subconscious thinking, changing habits, negativity bias, care and feeding of the brain, and whole-brain thinking methods.Stu Waleshstu-walesh@...
https://www.pearson.com/en-us/subject-catalog/p/introduction-to-creativity-and-innovation-for-engineers/P200000003347/9780133587074?tab=title-overvChapter 2 is titled "The Brain: A Primer." I am not suggesting we master brain knowledge like a neurosurgeon would -- just the basics. Learn about neuroplasticity, conscious and subconscious thinking, changing habits, negativity bias, care and feeding of the brain, and whole-brain thinking methods.Stu Walesh<maskemail>stu-walesh@...</maskemail>
I have found the referred prospectus website quite illuminating. Thanks for bringing it up.
Here are some excerpts I quickly picked up from this site . . . These systemic designers are skilled polymaths who have the ability to create assemblies of essential elements into coherent whole systems that serve and enhance human activity . . . For them, thinking and action are integral. They are scholar-practitioners . . . These design agents are social systems designers-designers who work within complex, dynamic environments while navigating towards indeterminate desirable outcomes. These designers have skills and abilities matched to the challenges of guiding, forming, transforming and reforming complex social systems . . .
In essence, what this blog is talking about – is mindfulness, the presence of mind in what one is doing. The requirement of practicing mindfulness in jobs, life and everything one does (e.g. as mentioned also in Martial Arts technique where synchronicity of mind and body is aimed at, to be fast and accurate) – is something laid out in ancient wisdoms. This practice further lets one to be conscientious, heedful and diligent. Many tech companies have on-going training programs for their employees on mindfulness.
Here are some more of my takes:
I would argue that the Fourth Approach – the Advancing Proactive Approach – the new norm for the foreseeable future – also have hidden elements of the other three approaches: the Drifting, the Colliding and the Retreating.
At a certain time, one comes across the feeling the suggested elements in the blog are like wartime strategies – e.g. how the Generals conceive action plans and strategies to face conflicts and wars.
As well, it seems to me – they are rather mechanistic lacking many human elements that are expected of scholar practitioners. Learning and application of these elements are rightly penned down by Prof Walesh . . . neuroplasticity, conscious and subconscious thinking, changing habits, negativity bias, care and feeding of the brain, and whole-brain thinking methods. The materials presented by Prof Hayden in his papers in the ASCE Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering are also very relevant and important for such practitioners.
As for engineering – as we have discussed in some other topics – many engineering works are routine, or repeatation of the same works (albeit they are exactly the same) again and again. In such cases, best-practices guidelines such as codes, standards and manuals play an important role. Despite that mindfulness is an important requirement – be it for scholar or non-scholar practitioners.
However, for challenging engineering works in uncharted territories – the materials presented in the prospectus website – in other words, the practice of mindfulness – is very important, let us dare to say, even a must – either for practicing professionals, or for those working in the academia in teaching and research.
Dr Dilip K Barua, PhD