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Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint

Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

Interview with Tom Ashbrook

 

How education is jeopardizing creativity:

 

"I’m not blaming teachers for it. I’m not blaming school principals for it. I’ve worked in education my whole life and I work a lot with teachers in schools and I know they’re as concerned about this as I am and everbody else is. I think it’s to do with this culture of standardization. There is a view that the way we improve education is to make it more and more standardized. Many people in schools — particularly in this country, I’d say — are laboring under this sort of dead culture of continuous testing. And one of the results of it has been to reduce the curriculum, to narrow it. So a lot of the things that people, who may be be in their 40s or 50s, will remember from school — things like band and orchestra, putting on plays, lots of interesting after school activities — a lot of those things are being pushed out by this culture of standardized testing. It’s all done with an honorable purpose, I think — the intention is to raise standards, but the irony is it’s really not doing it. And more and more kids are pulling out of school. There’s more and more teachers, I feel, demoralized by it. And I know parents are very concerned about it too."

 

“While Shanghai is trying to be like America, America is trying to be more like China.” 


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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, June 25, 2013 3:21 PM

The primary focus of education should be helping children to reach their full potential. That can't be done through standardization, because kids don't come in standard packages; it can only happen when we recognize that we need to meet each child's needs.

 

Standards have their place, but only with respect to the quality of what we offer to children and in ensuring that every child is offered the best possible education. Standards that restrict children's opportunities and growth need to be eliminated and replaced with an approach that enriches the educational environment for everyone.

Sally McKittrick's curator insight, June 27, 2013 8:01 AM

Ken has helped me find my element, I only hope my children will benefit from his education revoulution 

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"If we design a life, you can redesign it"  Here is another inspiring conversation with Sir Ken Robinson

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The Lessons Are in Your Story – Women in Leadership Learning Through Storytelling

The Lessons Are in Your Story – Women in Leadership Learning Through Storytelling | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

When I decided to study women’s leadership, I needed to interview women leaders. To do this, I had to design a way to determine what gives a woman her unique leadership ability. When I contacted women leaders and asked them about their leadership skills, many couldn’t find a way to identify exactly what it was that gave her the ability to be a leader.
So I decided to take a different approach. I decided to ask the women to tell me their stories. Having the chance to talk about leadership stories was the key to finding the lessons from women leaders.
The lessons were in the story.


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The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits Of Women

The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits Of Women | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
It’s impossible to respect, value and admire great leadership if you can’t identify what makes a leader great. Because of this, the identity crisis I have written about that exists in today’s workplace is something that women leaders in particular have been facing for much too long. While the tide is changing and more women are being elevated into leadership roles, there is still much work to do. As of July 2013, there were only 19 female elected presidents and prime ministers in power around

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Why Women will Take over Business Leadership Roles in the Future

Why Women will Take over Business Leadership Roles in the Future | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Studies show that women are being better rated as leaders, attracting more venture capital and becoming the face of the healthcare industry. If these trends continue, the writing is on the wall. Women will lead U.S. business in major ways.

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Storytelling in Branding: Using Narrative Psychology

Storytelling in Branding: Using Narrative Psychology | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Let me tell you a story. It’s a bit about our past. A bit about our future but more importantly, it concerns what is happening right now. It is also a story that nears 2,500 words because our compl…

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 18, 1:20 PM

This post, written by Jeff Swystun, is a great discussion about how storytelling is changing branding and marketing. What I really like is his thorough treatment of the topic that totally makes sense for anyone in marketing.


Swystun lists 3 ways storytelling is changing branding:

  1. It's not about telling
  2. It's organic
  3. Stories don't end


#3 I'm not so keen about. I think a better way to view storytelling in branding is in terms of story cycles instead of stories that never end. The concept of story cycles will give marketers/branders much more control over their work. Why? Because eventually you need to bring closure to your audience or they will just end up frustrated and turned off.


Serial storytelling in branding is fabulous (think of the Folgers commercials where we waited for the next installment of the story). But the storyline did eventually end. The company went on then to create other stories in their ads.


There is way more to this article than just the 3 points above. There is history shared and examples given. Swystun writes an entire section on narratives moving people to action -- and how most storied ads don't. His examples show us a better way.


Lots to learn here and apply to your business. Story on!


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Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels

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Anybody who has ever watched interviews with managers or coaches of professional sports teams will have heard plenty of discussion of the need for leaders throughout the team. The same thinking is also increasingly a preoccupation of business people. Indeed, the need for “leaders at all levels” is one of [...]

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Ten Leadership Theories in Five Minutes - YouTube

"There's nothing so practical as a good theory." Here are ten of them, summarized by Professor Michael Zigarelli, for those who want to lead more effectively.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 18, 1:11 PM

Excellent discussion of leadership theory. The key is there is no singular answer for every situation however the more you know about each the better hybrid you can adapt and engage from for yourself. Well worth listening to and digesting.

Valerie MacLeod's curator insight, April 18, 6:43 PM

A great overview of 10 leadership theories. 

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 20, 7:19 AM

spare 5 mins especially if you consider yourself a leader!

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7 Coaching Ideas to Push Your Coaching Edge and Get Exciting Results! - The Launchpad - The Coaching Tools Company Blog

7 Coaching Ideas to Push Your Coaching Edge and Get Exciting Results! - The Launchpad - The Coaching Tools Company Blog | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

The best results from coaching come when WE take risks with our clients, when we PUSH the edges of what we might normally ask or say. Of course our clients must do the work and challenge themselves to grow. But it’s also when WE step out of OUR comfort zones as coaches that magic happens. So, stop playing it safe, try one of these coaching ideas and see your coaching break through to the next level!


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Indroneil Mukerjee's curator insight, April 24, 9:39 AM

A risk-averse coach is an oxymoron!!!

Before you, as a coach, can even imagine pushing your client over the edge, you would have been there and done that many times.

In life. The most potent yet often ignored school of learning. Which does not give you a certificate to be a coach but takes you through fire to make you eligible to call yourself truly human.

A few nuggets form my journey, the making of a Transformational Coach. 

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Linda Gordon: Throughstones

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Linda Gordon: Throughstones - detail, Highgreen Tarset, Northumberland, 2006

http://www.lindagordon.org.uk/  ;


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25 characteristics you may find in those who are awakening

25 characteristics you may find in those who are awakening | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

There is no doubt the Earth is evolving spiritually. People are experiencing intense changes within their life, work, behaviors and personal relationships. Many are awakening at a rate that can only be described as phenomenal. So how do we know if we are awakening? Here are 25 common characteristics you may find in yourself and others...

1. Being in public places is sometimes overwhelming. Since our walls between self and other are dissolving, we haven’t really learned to distinguish between someone else’s energy and our own. If the general mood of the crowd is herd-like or negative, we can feel this acutely, and may feel like retreating into our own private space. When we have recharged our batteries with meditation, spending time in nature, far away from other people, or just sitting in quiet contemplation, we are ready to be with the masses again. In personal relationships, we often will feel someone else’s emotions as our own. It is important to have this higher sense of empathy, but we must learn to allow another person’s emotions while observing them and keeping our empathy, but, realizing that not all emotions belong to us. Social influence can dampen our own innate wisdom.

2. We understand our current paradigm, more than we understand ourselves. We see the big picture and marvel and the duality of our world including why polarity consciousness has brought us to where it has today. We no longer see life choices and right or wrong, good or bad, just choices defined by the neutral frequencies that we later define. Unity consciousness is allowing us to spread the message of unity consciousness to all of humanity that will allow us to heal our division and change the misery of our human beings to abundance within a global community filled with love for each other and not fear of each other.

3. We know things without having to intellectually figure them out. Often called intuitive awareness, we have ‘a-ha’ moments and insights that can explain some of the most complex theories or phenomenon in the world. Some of the most brilliant minds of our time just ‘know.’ Adepts and sages often were given downloads of information from higher states of consciousness after meditating or being in the presence of a more conscious individual; this is happening for more people with more frequency. As we trust our intuition more often, it grows stronger. This is a time of ‘thinking’ with our hearts more than our heads. Our guts will no longer be ignored. Our dreams are becoming precognitive and eventually our conscious thoughts will be as well.

4. We acknowledge our imperfection and how beautiful it is to be an imperfect version of our true selves. We thrive on challenging only ourselves, and not through competition at the expense of another, especially since we have no need to judge those who are exactly where they need to be.

5. Watching television or most of main stream media, including newspapers and many Hollywood movies is very distasteful to us. The mindset that creates much, but not all, of the programming on television and in cinema is abhorrent. It commodifies people and promotes violence. It reduces our intelligence and numbs our natural empathetic response to someone in pain.

6. We no longer have a need to attach our love to material things, understanding that it only leads to misery because we are not learning to love ourselves and others. The mentality only leads to further acquisition of more things. Although things too are part of consciousness, they do not allow humans to accelerate the mass consciousness required to change the world. Only love for ourselves and others can do that. Love is knowing the 'deservability' and worthiness of all. We are loved so unconditionally by Creation that we can even choose to believe that we are not loved.

7. Lying to us is nearly impossible. We may not know exactly what truth you are withholding, but we can also tell that something isn’t right. We also know when you have other emotions, pain, love, etc. that you aren’t expressing. You’re an open book to us. We aren’t trained in counter-intelligence, we are just observant and knowing. While we may pick up on physical cues, we can look into your eyes and know what you are feeling.

8. We may pick up symptoms of your cold, just like men who get morning sickness when their wives are pregnant. Sympathy pains, whether emotional or physical, are something we experience often. We tend to absorb emotion through the solar plexus, considered the place we ‘stomach emotion’ so as we learn to strengthen this chakra center, we may sometimes develop digestive issues. Grounding to the earth can help to re-establish our emotional center. Walking barefoot is a great way to re-ground.

9. We tend to root for the underdog, those without voices, those who have been beaten down by the matrix, etc. We are very compassionate people, and these marginalized individuals often need more love. People can sense our loving hearts, so complete strangers will often tell us their life stories or approach us with their problems. While we don’t want to be a dumping ground for everyone’s issues, we are also a good ear for those working through their stuff.

10. We don’t feel the need to awaken every person we see. Within a few sentences we can interpret their level of comfort in discussions relating to consciousness. When necessary, we plant a seed and if it’s meant to grow it will. We understand that attempting to awaken those who are not ready is toxic to their sensibilities.

11. If we don’t learn how to set proper boundaries, we can get tired easily from taking on other people’s emotions. Energy Vampires are drawn to us like flies to paper, so we need to be extra vigilant in protecting ourselves at times.

12. We are all becoming healers. We naturally gravitate toward healing fields, acupuncture, reiki, Qi-Gong, yoga, massage, midwifery, etc. are fields we often find ourselves in. We know that the collective needs to be healed, and so we try our best to offer healing in whatever form we are most drawn to. We also turn away from the ‘traditional’ forms of healing ourselves. Preferring natural foods, herbs, and holistic medicine as ways to cure every ailment.

13. We see the possibilities before others do. Just like when the church told Copernicus he was wrong, and he stood by his heliocentric theory, we know what the masses refuse to believe. Our minds are light-years ahead.

14. We are creative. We sing, dance, paint, invent, or write. We have amazing imaginations.

15. We fully accept that we can only attract what is within our vibrational field. There are no experiences that we can obtain in physical form without attracting them from a vibrational perspective. That includes the most horrific experiences and the most beautiful ones. What we are learning to do is accept relationships and experiences for what they are. People and experiences are serving as reflections to teach us something about ourselves.

16. We don’t question what love is, why it is or how it presents itself. We know it is everywhere, in everyone and everything, all permeating and infinite.

17. We require more solitude than the average person.

18. We might get bored easily, but we are really good at entertaining ourselves.

19. We have a difficult time doing things we don’t want to do or don’t really enjoy. We really do believe life was meant to be an expression of joy. Why waste it doing something you hate? We aren’t lazy, we are discerning.

20. We are obsessed with bringing the truth to light.

21. We don’t live in fear of anything. Any and all changes coming, no matter how much they are perceived as negative or dramatic on our Earth, are being designed by us. We have past the point of no return and the Earth is ascending to a higher state of consciousness. Nothing will stop it now.

22. We can’t keep track of time. Our imaginations often get away with us and a day can feel like a minute, a week, a day.

23. We abhor routine.

24. We often disagree with authority (for obvious reasons). Some people call it “anarchy” without a true understanding of what that word or our governments really are.

25. We will often be kind, but if you are egotistical or rude, we won’t spend much time with you or find an excuse to not hang out with people who are obsessed with themselves. We don’t ‘get’ people who are insensitive to other people’s feelings or points of view.


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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, August 6, 2014 11:56 AM

An insightful read on the experience of waking to higher states of consciousness. Several on the list resonate. Number seven is a good one.

 

"Lying to us is nearly impossible. We may not know exactly what truth you are withholding, but we can also tell that something isn’t right. We also know when you have other emotions, pain, love, etc. that you aren’t expressing. You’re an open book to us. We aren’t trained in counter-intelligence, we are just observant and knowing. While we may pick up on physical cues, we can look into your eyes and know what you are feeling."

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Tips for Coaching Someone Remotely

Tips for Coaching Someone Remotely | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Getting the most out of each virtual session.

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How Can Daydreaming Improve Goal-Oriented Results?

How Can Daydreaming Improve Goal-Oriented Results? | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Daydreaming gives internal meaning to the pursuit of external goals.

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I must have believed in this all my life .. 

 

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HowStuffWorks Videos "Understanding: Fractals"

HowStuffWorks Videos "Understanding: Fractals" | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Watch this clip from The Learning Channel's "Understanding Beauty" series to take a close-up look at fractals. These fascinating structures are found throughout nature and have heavily influenced art.

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11 Leadership Lessons Men Can Learn From Women

11 Leadership Lessons Men Can Learn From Women | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

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Zian Peak's curator insight, May 6, 2014 10:53 AM

Do men really not have these talents? I can certainly think of a few... however, perhaps on the whole these are female traits.

CEO_University's curator insight, July 18, 2014 5:47 PM

This is a great article.

Dale Roach's curator insight, September 14, 2014 10:52 PM

Some of the best team leadership skills I have ever discovered came when I was willing to listen to a woman's perspective.

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7 Terrific Leadership Lessons from Amazing Women

7 Terrific Leadership Lessons from Amazing Women | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Not so long ago, leadership was something most people associated with men. These leadership lessons are ones that men can learn from their female counterparts.

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Beyond Limits's curator insight, April 23, 10:09 PM

There are many sides to successful leadership - and some are seen from a different perspective by women.

Jasmine Beausoleil's curator insight, April 26, 8:22 AM

One can never learn enough on leadership! 

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The Human Dimension: Taking Innovation to the Individual and Leader Level

The Human Dimension: Taking Innovation to the Individual and Leader Level | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

The Human Dimension addresses three main concerns.  First, the talent developed during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan is bleeding out of the force.  If troop cuts are inevitable, then we should downsize the right people and train others to fill the void.  Second, building adaptive leaders requires smarter training and education.  This goes beyond current practices and focuses more on individual cognitive ability.  Third, leader education must evolve to produce innovative leaders.


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[Infographic] Leadership Qualities | Leadership In Action

[Infographic] Leadership Qualities | Leadership In Action | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
We put together an infographic that describes some leadership qualities that can be developed and put in your own skills filing cabinet.

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Ali Godding's curator insight, February 21, 2013 11:14 AM

There it is... the challenge of management on one page.  Being all of these things is a tall order.  Many are up for it, few really live it.... great infographic! 

Larry Davies's curator insight, February 21, 2013 2:52 PM

Love me some infographics.

Lauran Star's curator insight, February 21, 2013 4:00 PM

Leadership qualities.

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Madness or Innovation | The Leadership Hub

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Madness or Innovation?

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Dr. Susan Bainbridge's curator insight, May 28, 2013 9:47 AM

The 'madness' of a 'game-changer'.

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Care to Dare: a challenge to high performance leaders

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Bond with people, be accessible, develop talent, drive change, encourage risk…these are just a few marks of high performance leadership as outlined by George Kohlrieser.

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To Understand Leadership, Study Followership

To Understand Leadership, Study Followership | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

I was at a conference with 50 or so chief learning officers last week and we had a number of discussions about leadership.

Despite the fact that there are thousands of models, consultants, books, and assessments for leadership, this group hardly agreed on anything.

We did agree that leadership development is a critically important challenge, and we also agreed that most leadership development programs are too fragmented and not focused enough on the company's specific, current business strategy.

That is, most leadership development and coaching focuses on "rounding out edges," helping leaders identify their "towering strengths" and both leveraging them while identifying our derailers or blind spots.

I walked away with some interesting take-aways I wanted to share.

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How a government agency ditched its macho culture with storytelling

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Storytelling and breathing techniques are among the ways senior leaders say BIS has achieved a 50/50 gender balance on its leadership team

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Four Conditions That Leaders Create For Innovation To Thrive

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Leaders have the ability to create four particular conditions that are favorable to innovation – irrespective of the type of project, or the nature of the team.

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Influencing Staff Creativity: How Good Leaders Get it Right | Leading from the ... - Library Journal

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Productive change depends on staff members who are working creatively to develop new ideas for better library services. Leaders can play an important role in helping staff to achieve higher levels of workplace creativity.
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Human Capital | Brainwaves For Leaders

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Posts about Human Capital written by NeuroCapability

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#CFHE12 #Oped12 Fractals, Community and Openness in Education

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How would communities develop?  It looks like fractals development on an ongoing basis. Keith says in his post: an alert to Michael Rose’s explainer about fractals in The Conversation.

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