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17/11/2014

Creativity means never having to be afraid to be wrong


When you look at how kids learn and evolve, it becomes quite clear even from a very young age that if they don’t know something, they’ll take a chance. They’re not afraid to be wrong.

But, by the time kids become adults they’ve lost that capacity - they’ve become frightened to be wrong. And, if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original, says Sir Ken Robinson in his acclaimed TED talk on: How schools kill creativity.

 

“We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it.
Or rather, we get educated out of it.” 

- Sir Ken Robinson

According to Robinson, we run our companies this way by stigmatizing mistakes, and we also run our education system similarly – where mistakes are the worst thing you can make. We are educating people out of their creative capacities.

Although Robinson’s talk remains poignant and relevant since it was first filmed, it’s great that we are starting to see a shift in the corporate landscape. Today, more and more companies are adopting the philosophy where employees are encouraged to learn from their mistakes and are also incorporating fun ways to bring creativity back into the workplace.  

Companies that successfully leverage their employees for innovation have a real competitive advantage, but harnessing that value is not easy. PwC recently held an innovation challenge and asked employees to submit their ideas for how we can leverage web and mobile technologies to better serve our clients. The results were exciting, insightful and valuable.

Do you agree with Ken Robinson? How do you think we can preserve creativity in the classroom – and in the boardroom?

James Davidson
Senior Manager
Campus Talent Acquisition

 

Learn more about innovation in action by following PwC’s Innovation Leader, Ted Graham on Twitter @tedgraham.

Read about PwC's role as part of the emerging “Innovation Hub” in Toronto’s south core district.

La créativité, c’est de ne jamais avoir peur de se tromper


Quand on observe les enfants dans leur développement et leur apprentissage, une évidence s’impose : même très jeunes, les enfants n’ont pas peur de se tromper. Ils ont beau ne pas savoir, ils tenteront tout de même leur chance.

Arrivés à l’âge adulte, la plupart des enfants perdent cette capacité. Ils ont peur de se tromper et s’ils ne sont pas préparés à cette éventualité, ils ne pourront jamais faire preuve d’originalité, comme l’expliquait Sir Ken Robinson dans l’exposé How schools kill creativity (« Comment l’école tue la créativité », en anglais) qu’il a donné dans le cadre d’une conférence TED et qui a connu un vif succès.

 « La créativité ne s’acquiert pas avec l’âge, elle se perd avec l’âge, ou plutôt à l’école. »  Sir Ken Robinson

Selon M. Robinson, les entreprises étouffent la créativité de leurs employés en stigmatisant les erreurs. C’est aussi vrai dans le système d’éducation, où l’erreur est vue comme la pire chose qu’un élève puisse faire. Le système éducatif que nous proposons à nos enfants les éloigne de leurs capacités créatives.

Même si le propos de M. Robinson est aujourd’hui aussi poignant et pertinent qu’au moment où il a été enregistré, le vent semble tourner dans le milieu des affaires. En effet, de plus en plus d’entreprises encouragent les employés à apprendre de leurs erreurs et trouvent des façons originales de favoriser la créativité au travail.

Les entreprises qui font bon usage du potentiel créatif de leurs employés en tirent un véritable avantage concurrentiel, mais ce n’est pas si facile. Récemment, chez PwC, nous avons organisé un défi de l’innovation et demandé à des employés de proposer des façons d’utiliser le Web et les technologies mobiles pour mieux servir nos clients. L’exercice a été stimulant, éclairant et utile.

Êtes-vous d’accord avec Ken Robinson? Selon vous, que peut-on faire pour alimenter la créativité dans les écoles? Et dans les conseils d’administration?

Vous voulez en savoir plus sur l’innovation? Suivez Ted Graham, leader, Innovation de PwC sur Twitter @tedgraham ou découvrez le rôle que joue PwC dans la création d’un pôle d’innovation, dans la partie sud du quartier des affaires de Toronto.

James Davidson
 PwC | Premier directeur – Recrutement universitaire

12/11/2014

PwC US wants you!

NidhiAre you interested in international work opportunities? Then our US firm might be the right fit for you. PwC US currently has a number of featured jobs available in Core Assurance, Risk Assurance and Tax practices in various locations across the United States.

Working in a different country is an amazing opportunity to meet new people, gain valuable work experience and learn about other parts of the world. Having started my own career with PwC in Washington, DC, I’m a big supporter of PwC’s global mobility opportunities. In fact, since I joined the firm, I have also worked in the PwC New York and Baltimore, MD offices before relocating to our Toronto office.

The US openings now available include winter and summer 2015 Internships, as well as winter and summer/fall 2015 Associate roles. Job opportunities exist in a number of different cities including New York, San Jose, Dallas, Chicago, Houston and McLean, VA (right outside of Washington, DC) – just to name a few. 

Like PwC Canada, when you join our US firm you will be part of a learning culture where teamwork and collaboration are encouraged, excellence is rewarded, and diversity is respected and valued. We offer a flexible career progression model that allows for a variety of challenging opportunities throughout your career. We provide unparalleled coaching, mentoring, and career development programs; global opportunities; and state-of-the-art technology driven methodologies to help you provide quality service to clients. 

To learn more about the positions available and to apply, visit http://www.pwc.com/campusfeaturedjobs.

Best of luck with the opportunities that lie ahead,

Nidhi Bhasin
Campus Talent Acquisition Specialist
@Nidhibhasin_1

 

20/10/2014

Julia in the City – A Taste of the Big Apple

 

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Walking the entire Brooklyn bridge for the first time.

Hi everyone! This is Julia – and my roommate Meryl. We’re senior associates from the PwC Assurance group in Toronto. We’re writing to you from our new apartment in New York as we’ve just moved here on a six-month work assignment! We’ve been asked to share some of our experiences with you over the next few months, so here’s our first blog.

To be honest, when we first arrived in the city we were really nervous because everything seemed so much bigger and more fast-paced than our office in Toronto. The firm gave us a few days to settle in and we took the opportunity to get to know our neighborhood, which is just steps away from Times Square and Grand Central Station.


 


 

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Having a few drinks with the PwC secondees at a patio overlooking midtown Manhattan

On our first day, we had the opportunity to meet other PwC secondees who had come to New York just like us from around the world. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten to know a few secondees from Ireland, South Africa – and even all the way from Estonia. They’ve already become a part of our extended PwC network and friends who will be experiencing the city with us.

Check out a few of the places we’ve been so far, and stay tuned for our upcoming adventures in the Big Apple!

07/10/2014

Why I chose PwC - Shazia

Shazia selfie 2Out of every firm I met with during recruiting, I felt that the people at PwC were the most approachable and friendly. They seemed genuinely interested in finding out who I was, and my interests outside of work. They encouraged me to ask lots of questions and actively involved me in conversations. I had opportunities to meet and speak with partners at recruiting events and consultants with over 10 years’ experience at the firm. I had also interned at PwC in Egypt before I joined the firm as a consulting associate in Toronto, and so I definitely had a good sense of PwC’s corporate culture, which helped me make my decision to join.

Another reason I chose PwC, is because it offered a wide range of opportunities that matched what I was looking for in an employer, including diversity in its people and clients – and experience. Here, there are opportunities to travel, participate in secondments, and have face-to-face interactions with clients.

Since I joined the firm in 2013, I have built great friendships with my colleagues. Although we all come from different backgrounds, because we all start at the same time, evolve and spend our days together, friendships develop that extend beyond work – and  I often spend time with my co-workers after work.

The advice I would give to anyone in the recruiting process now, is to remember that in the same way firms look for a fit with their potential hires, you should also look for a firm that fits who you are, your goals, and your interests. For me, PwC offered amazing people plus a broad range of experiences, which is why I decided I fit best here.

-  Shazia

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