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* Martin, R. (2007).

    Class objectives

  • To explore the relevance of Roger Martin's thinking, research, and writing.
  • To delve into possible personnel administration applications of Martin's work.
  • To explore a few more related concepts.


  • Re-read Martin's Opposable Mind.
  • Read supplemental authors.
  • Discuss Field Activity #2 and Peer Review.

Field activity #2

Take the Opposable Mind (and related concepts) to your school site or division. Your field activity/assignment is to identify/describe 3 individuals (administrators, faculty, staff, or even perhaps students) who exhibit the ability to use Intergative Thinking and their Opposable Minds. In other words, we are hopeful those kind of folks already exist in our schools and it is your job as a prinicpal to first be aware of them, and more importantly encourage and support them. Your assignment will be to present 3 individual cases. You have a model (two cases) to follow in Entrepreneurial Leadership.


  • Same as before, 2-4 pages.
  • Hard copy to instructor at next class session.
  • Select another peer reviewer, instructing them of deadline by next class.
  • Archive an electronic copy for later use.
  • Hint: we are not so much interested in looking for individuals who have good ideas as we are looking for those as Martin says have, "the ability to face the tension of opposing ideas,and instead of choosing one over the other, creates a resolution in the form of a new idea that contains elements of the opposing ideas. Reference the two cases in Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Entrepreneurial leadership

A principal’s mission must now include designing and implementing new strategies to help teachers and students recognize, understand, and integrate technology with teaching and learning in the classroom. The mere presence of hardware and software in the classroom does not assure meaningful learning for students. We are beyond the point of deciding whether or not we will accept technology in our schools. The crucial task at hand is to decide how to implement this technology effectively into instruction.

To get started with understanding the concept of the Opposable Mind, and what it has to do with the leading of school personnel, read a recent chapter that weaves two important concepts together: the Opposable Mind and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Though focusing on technology leadership, it very much has to do with school personnel. Click Here to Access Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Big think strategy

Big Think Strategy: How to Leverage Bold Ideas and Leave Small Thinking Behind, was written by Bernd H. Schmitt and published by the Harvard Business School Press. The following is taken from his 2007 book of same title.

Schmitt uses the metaphor of the Trojan Horse to help us conceptualize and understand his concept/theory of Big Think versus Small think.

Great leaders want a Trojan Horse, he says. Remember the Greeks, Odysseus and Agamemnon? Agamemnon led the greatest army of the ancient world, but for ten long years, he was unable to pierce the defenses of Troy's walled city. Along cam Odysseus with the idea of offering the Trojans this giant wooden horse, ostensibly as a peace offering, but actually concealing Greek warriors inside the horse's hollow belly. The Trojans brought the horse inside their own walls. The Greek soldiers sneaked out, threw open the city gates, overwhelmed the city, and won the war overnight. That's Big Think. (p. 2)

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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