- When I introduced Entrepreneurial PIE Teams George Clopton - Polo Ralph Lauren, he responded "That sounds like 'The Skunk Works'". I procured a copy of Skunk Works and read it; this was the group in Lockheed that came up with the U-2 and Stealth Technology. It appears that there was a lot of PIE Hat Thinking going on there, I highly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in creative and innovative thinking and the challenges of implementing this thinking and products. July 2010
- "Entrepreneurial PIE Teams is an exciting approach. In concept, it is compatible with the case study approach to learning that I advocate as an important education tool. I see teams could be interdisciplinary (ie involving various business entities like engineers, sales persons, marketeers, accountants, etc) or intra-disciplinary (chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, etc...). Regardless of the groupings chosen, students will not only have an opportunity to exercise their skills in their field of study but also learn the important contribution that their skills may contribute to accomplishing innovation on a broader scale.
Another contribution is the interpersonal skills developed as being a part of such a team. I have done some work with elementary kids, allowing them to create things with simple shapes - circles, squares, rectangles, triangles. After voting on the best design, an assembly line was created. Then I witnessed the same organization behavior and dynamics as being played out with adults in industry: some productive and some counterproductive attitudes to the mission at hand. If we use "PIE" like teams as a catalyst to teaching students how to better collaborate interpersonally as partners to complete a mission, businesses will be more highly productive in their work teams.
Again thanks for exposing me to the exciting important work you are doing."
Dr. Ida Pittman July 2011
- "... You have wonderful, entrepreneurial programs with IEEE. While f4k isn't solely entrepreneur focused, I believe we can connect kids to entrepreneurs and get them excited about careers and industries ---> 'Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow' ..." Susan Milliken Sanford - executive director www.f4k.org. August 2011
- Guilford County Schools Future Economy Task Force adds "Students will utilize the PIE framework to develop service learning experiences" as part of "utilize Service Learning opportunities in their career exploration" Goal. October 2011
- "The information you've provided below is incredibly valuable and topical not only to entrepreneurship, but to providing early and continued exposure to principles and tools useful in vision-directed creativity and career development from the earliest ages.An important factor in your design is that application of engineering principles to pursuit of an endeavor, which I find absolutely critical to venture success.I am a big fan of the PIE approach and happy to market it and otherwise help in any way I can."
Roger Cubicciotti - President www.nanomedia.com November 2011
- "Great stuff"
Dr. Dianne Welsh - Director, Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program UNCG January 2012
Create Job Opportunities with PIE
We hear Jobs, Jobs, Jobs; we need jobs. This blog brings to the table a view that we must have a proactive approach to creation of jobs. Drawing on Metaphors from M21C thinking, the concept of planting PIE Teams is a proactive way to get people thinking about the primary functions that create Things and therefore Jobs. The graphic expresses this with emphasis on hands and fingers. A new metaphor for the six hat team is presented using the fingers of a hand and the arm. MORE >>>
Wanted: Economy with a motor ...
he graphic shows this headline along with two views of PIE Team and the workforce by skill level.
In the report "Tough Choices or Tough Times" the graphic "Profile of Successful U. S. Firms in the Future" shown below right. A modified version is developed with relative salaries for various levels of the workforce; it also has the creative work emphasized. It depicts a diamond area of creative work which is very similar to the PIE Team as discussed in several blogs. A modified version shows the profile of work types also with relative salaries. In addition to Creative Work, a chart shows Operations & Maintenance Work, Outsourced Work and routine work that has been Automated. MORE >>>
Quality - White Gloves ...
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