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Gordon MacKenzie, chief creative revolutionary at Hallmark Cards, retired after 30 years to become an artist-in-residence in the Overton Park public schools in Kansas. He describes in his book Orbiting the Giant Hairball how he asked every group of first graders the question, “How many of you are artists?” Almost every hand in the room reached for the ceiling. However, only half of the third graders responded affirmatively to Gordon’s artist question. And the sixth graders? Only one or two closet artists timidly raised their hands. Leaders of innovation work to keep all hands in the air.

-Chip Bell

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