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Derek Cabrera Discusses Importance of Business Planning But Dislike Of Business Plans

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Derek Cabrera

  • Founder, ThinkWorks
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Derek Cabrera is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ThinkWorks, the company that teaches thinking. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University and a Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute for the Study of Complex Systems. Cabrera's research focuses on analytical, creative, and systemic thinking; he applies interdisciplinary work in nonlinear and systems sciences, evolutionary biology, cognition, human development and education to better understanding patterns that underlie human thought. Cabrera also invented (and holds a US Patent for) the ThinkToy system, a tactile manipulative toy that teaches advanced abstract thinking skills to children and adults.

Prior to his current appointments, he was a National Science Foundation Post Doctoral Fellow and Co-Investigator in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. He was also a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow in Nonlinear Systems at Cornell and is the recipient of the Association of American Colleges and Universities' K. Patricia Cross Future Educational Leaders Award. He is the author of the book, Remedial Genius, numerous refereed journal articles, and book chapters.

For 14 years prior to ThinkWorks and Cornell, Cabrera worked nationally and internationally as an educator and mountain guide with Outward Bound and other organizations. He has led high-altitude climbing expeditions to the world's most remote mountain regions and is an avid adventure traveler. As a social entrepreneur, he led fundraising efforts to establish the Aceh Relief Fund for victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami and co-founded Children of Rural Africa to develop schools in Nigeria. He has founded and/or led several successful for-profit and non-profit ventures and held/holds several board of directors seats.

Derek Cabrera holds a Ph.D. in Education from Cornell University.

No, no. We planned a lot. There's nothing to replace planning. I think it was Eisenhower who said, you know, my years of war and things ... I found that plans are useless and planning is essential. So ... I think it was Eisenhower, might have been somebody else but yes, I mean we do a tremendous...(Full transcript available to logged in subscribers.).

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Video 1 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses His Unique Academic Background
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 21 sec.
Video 2 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses Concept Behind Outward Bound
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 2 min. 8 sec.
Video 3 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Outward Bound Teaches About Leadership and Teamwork
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 45 sec.
Video 4 of 32 Derek Cabrera Shares Thoughts on Definition Of Social Entrepreneur
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 2 min. 10 sec.
Video 5 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Being An Entrepreneur Is Part of An Evolutionary Process
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 13 sec.
Video 6 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Importance of Traveling The World And Getting To Understand People In Different Situations
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
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Video 7 of 32 Derek Cabrera Shares Thoughts on The Importance of a PhD
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 1 sec.
Video 8 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses Reason Behind Decision To Pursue Degree At Cornell
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 2 min. 0 sec.
Video 9 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Thinking Is At The Base of Everything We Do
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 24 sec.
Video 10 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Entrepreneurship Is The Perfect Fit Because He Dislikes Working For Others
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
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Video 11 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Entrepreneurs Have a Bigger Threshold For Risk
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 11 sec.
Video 12 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses Importance of Business Planning But Dislike Of Business Plans
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
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Video 13 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses Concept of Vision-Mission Capacity Learning
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 18 sec.
Video 14 of 32 Derek Cabrera States He Does Not Have An Exit Strategy
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
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Video 15 of 32 Derek Cabrera Provides Overview on ThinkBlocks Product
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 2 min. 4 sec.
Video 16 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses ThinkWork's Marketing Message of Play, Think And Thrive
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 31 sec.
Video 17 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses Decision To Produce a Non-Electronic Game
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 2 min. 48 sec.
Video 18 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Challenge of Creating A Startup Is Having To Become Capable At So Many Different Tasks
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 29 sec.
Video 19 of 32 Derek Cabrera Shares Thoughts on The Benefits Of Attending Trade Shows
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 34 sec.
Video 20 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses Decision To Pursue Patent on ThinkWorks Product
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
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Video 21 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses Challenges of Patent Process
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 8 sec.
Video 22 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses Decision To Only Sell Toys On The Web
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 2 min. 2 sec.
Video 23 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses Decision To Self-Fund The Business
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
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Video 24 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Importance of Giving Himself Reasonable Goals And Shares Thoughts on Success
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 54 sec.
Video 25 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Partners Need To Complement Each Other
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
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Video 26 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Most Problems Have a Simple Solution
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
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Video 27 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Information Technology Should Help With Concept of Distributed Knowledge
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 43 sec.
Video 28 of 32 Derek Cabrera Discusses Role of Website In The Company
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 1 sec.
Video 29 of 32 Derek Cabrera Shares Memory Of First Product Sale
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
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Video 30 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Website Went Through Several Iterations Before They Got It Right
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 3 min. 21 sec.
Video 31 of 32 Derek Cabrera States Life Balance Is A Challenge When You Have A New Company
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
  • 12/14/2007
  • Derek Cabrera
  • 1 min. 34 sec.
Video 32 of 32 Derek Cabrera States He Worries Most About The Problems He Doesn't Know About Yet
  • Derek Cabrera - Interview - ThinkWorks
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