Are you “in?”

Do you know how Jeopardy has categories with “in” which means that the letters in quotations need to be in the answer?  Let’s talk about INterdisciplinary thinking.   I’ve always admired people who excelled, or even considered different perspectives.  In college I took a course called Design of Complex Systems.  How can you study complex systems without being INterdisciplinary?

ThINk about some of the greatest thINkers – Leonardo DavINci, Albert EINsteIN (two INs!), Charles DarwIN, and today,  Stephen HawkINgs.  Now you don’t need to change your name to be “in” (Pragerin – I don’t think so!)  because others of this ilk don’t have an “in” name – Aristotle,  Newton, Galileo.  And I’ll add Jay Cross to the list because of his INternet Time Group and work in INformal LearnINg which I believe spans so many areas.   And notice that the INternet is “in.”   What I believe they all have in common is the fact that they look at the world from multiple perspectives, INterperspectives.  INteresting?

I like looking at the world this way too. IN  recently looking at the future of career management, I looked to nanotechnology.  Maybe we all need to micromanage our careers better.   And realize that our careers are made up of many mINiature parts.  We can do more than just one job or one profession using our skills, knowledge, capabilities from one area and apply them INto another.

What do you love?  Where is your passion? What are your hobbies?  What is your work?  How can you combINe some thinking from one area to another?  I’m a musician and a trainer.  I subconsciously think about orchestratINg traININg programs when I’m designINg them.  (Notice that training is another word with two “in”s. )  I’m a Scoutleader and a connector – I thINk about how I can connect the Scouts I work with to other Scouts, people and activities beyond our Troop and Council.

So are you “IN?” INto INnovative, INteresting ideas?  ThINK about how you can apply INterdisciplinary thINKing to what you do. Maybe you want to start with your hobbies and INterests and then take it INto work.  Start noticing and I think you will be impressed with how you can thINk and use learning from one area IN another.


About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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