In the Mind's Eye: Visual Thinkers, Gifted People with Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties, Computer Images, and the Ironies of Creativity

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Profiles, Part 3:
Churchill, Patton, and Yeats

It is not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the very beginning of the race.

Winston Churchill My Early Life


"One All-Embracing Regard": Winston S. Churchill

Studies of creativity often focus primarily on writers, artists, composers, and scientists. Political leaders are not usually considered to be very creative. Indeed, it is sometimes argued that it is a good thing that leaders, like judges and accountants, are generally not very creative, since an excess of creativity in such rule-centered roles would lead to trouble. A contrasting position can be argued, however--that some degree of creativity is desirable and recognizable in all walks of life, whether it is the research of a prize- winning scientist, a potter's formulation of a new glaze, or the discovery, in a more traditional society, of how three generations can live in the same house in relative harmony. Accordingly, creativity can be seen as the creation or discovery of any new idea, technique, form, or pattern that can be successfully applied to a particular need or used to solve a particular problem. 1

Extraordinary leaders, especially those in power during extraordinary times, must display extraordinary abilities to see clearly what is needed

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