Very interesting essay. I.Q. scores seem to be continually rising with each passing cohort (the “Flynn effect”). But creativity—as measured by the Torrence score—has turned direction. It was rising until about 1990, but then started to turn down, starting with the younger grades. Sounds like Millennial (born 1982-200?) are the culprit, doesn’t it?
On the road, when I talk with Generation X (born 1961-1981) managers, one of their biggest disappointments with entry-level employees is their lack of professional passion and willingness to take risks and think outside the box.