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20 Ways To Make Professional Development More Effective

20 Ways To Make Professional Development More Effective | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Administrators often ask how to best utilize their staff meeting time to promote best instructional practices and improve professional development.

 

It has been said that once teachers start teaching, we become the most uneducated of professionals about our own profession, failing to research and implement the cutting-edge best practices that make the difference in student engagement and learning. We can’t use 20th century practices with our 21st century students.

 

In order to encourage and even demand curiosity, creativity, learning, sharing and growing in our students, we must model those traits within our own profession; a staff meeting is the perfect time to cultivate these skills within and among our colleagues.

 


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10 Simple Ways To Engage In Lifelong Learning

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10 Simple Ways To Engage In Lifelong Learning

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The One Critical Skill That Most Managers Never Seem to Learn

The One Critical Skill That Most Managers Never Seem to Learn | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Let it go.

 

Since the beginning of time, those three words have never been repeated more frequently by more people or in more places than they have since the release of Frozen. Whatever else Elsa was singing about, however, she may as well have been delivering her primary message – let it go – to the modern manager

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The power of critical thinking: 3 concepts to expand your perspective

The power of critical thinking: 3 concepts to expand your perspective | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

As internal communicators continue to lead strategic business roles in organizations, it’s increasingly important to master critical thinking skills, with new perspectives, objectives and understanding – beyond our communication roles. Richard Khleif shares his experiences, approach and practical tips to unpack this multi-layered topic

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Affirmation: Stoking The Flames Of Motivation

Affirmation: Stoking The Flames Of Motivation | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

We have been chatting for the past few weeks about NOT getting our work done. The key roadblocks have been perfectionism, boredom, and procrastination. We all suffer from any one of these on occasion. So do not feel that you are all alone. The key is to find ways to keep ourselves motivated.

 

External motivation is a good thing, and it is wonderful to have a great support system. But, soon or late, you are the person you must turn to to get things moving.


 
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Why You Shouldn’t Follow Your Passion

Why You Shouldn’t Follow Your Passion | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Individuals who make up Generations X and Y have repeatedly heard the mantra “Follow your passion.” In fact, this philosophy has become so commonplace that it’s hard to imagine going against the grain. That’s exactly what happened during a TED talk where “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe posited that to be successful in the working world has little to do with following your dreams and a lot to do with plain, old hard work.

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5 Infographics to Teach You How to Easily Make Infographics in PowerPoint

5 Infographics to Teach You How to Easily Make Infographics in PowerPoint | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Learn how to easily create professional-looking infographics in PowerPoint with these 10 free templates.

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Christelle Quillet's curator insight, May 18, 9:40 AM

Outil utile pour créer des posters rendant compte de résultats d'enquête, par ex.

No Boxes's curator insight, May 18, 5:25 PM

I love infographics!  Thanks to HubSpot for sharing these.

Marcelle Searles's curator insight, May 21, 8:15 PM

a good visual tool

 

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A One Minute Approach to Better Feedback

A One Minute Approach to Better Feedback | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Giving performance feedback is a critical job responsibility of any manager, but it can be a daunting task for many people—especially when the feedback is less than positive. Managers don’t want to generate negative emotions, damage relationships, or make a bad situation worse. As a result, managers often delay or avoid giving necessary feedback, allowing poor performance to continue

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 17, 8:29 AM

(From the article): Blanchard and Johnson like to say, “The best minute I spend is the one I invest in my people.” Feedback is an essential managerial skill. Take an extra minute to improve your skills in this important area.

David Hain's curator insight, May 17, 8:49 AM

When did you last get feedback? Well - what you give is what you get!

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A Practical Way To Bring More Meaning In Your Work And Personal Life

A Practical Way To Bring More Meaning In Your Work And Personal Life | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

This is not an article about the search for the meaning of life. Rather, it is an article about how to practically bring more meaning in your life. .. and the really good news is you don’t have to have saint-like qualities or have found a ‘calling’ to change the world in some way


Now, if you’re a pragmatist or cynic, you might have almost stopped reading because you’re not sure if this stuff about meaning is all that important. Well, and I’m glad you’re still with me, the reality is a growing body of scientific evidence validates the importance of living a meaning-full life… where you get a real sense of meaning in your personal and work life.

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Getting Started: How To Build A Successful Business Blog

Getting Started: How To Build A Successful Business Blog | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

aBlog post at Rebekah Radice, Social Media Strategy : Whether you’re a local business owner, entrepreneur, or brand - finding new ways to generate business can be a challenge.


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, May 11, 10:55 PM

A great, concrete and useful getting started guide by Rebekah Radice who definitely knows what she's talking about.


One thing that comes clearly out of this is that business blogging is a process. To be successful, you need to establish the required workflow that will bring the discipline and consistency necessary to get results.


Now, don't let this overwhelm you: software and tools can help.


She gives a number of examples and you can also check out our own approach to that problem as this is why we created Scoop.it Content Director as an integrated and easy-to-use solution.

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Having Effective Conversations to Build or Restore Trust in Any Relationship

Having Effective Conversations to Build or Restore Trust in Any Relationship | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
There are four steps that if you follow will enable you to significantly transform or improve any dysfunctional or functional relationship no matter what the starting point. 

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 10, 9:53 AM

There are four necessary steps that can be taken to restore trust in any relationship. Is there a relationship you need to repair or restore? This article can help!

 

(From the article): The first step for generating a new level of trust in the relationship is that both parties genuinely want to transform the relationship and are willing to commit the time, energy and emotion to the conversations that can make this happen. You can’t force people to do this. It’s got to be authentic. This doesn’t mean that people know how to achieve the desired outcome. It means they want it.

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From "knowledge worker" to "learning worker": what this means for an organisation

From "knowledge worker" to "learning worker": what this means for an organisation | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Work is changing, and as a consequence Jacob Morgan believes that one of the principles of the future employee (see infographic to the left) will be the shift from being a “knowledge worker” to being a “learning worker”.

‘Knowledge is a commodity, to be the smartest person in the room all you need is a smartphone. What is far more valuable than knowledge is the ability to learn new things and apply those learnings to new scenarios and environments. This is what the employee of the future needs to focus on, “learning to learn.”’

So what does this mean for an organisation?


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The 7 principles of today

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Do These 7 Things and People Will Love Working with You

Do These 7 Things and People Will Love Working with You | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

“It all depends on who you’re working with.”


That was the feedback from team members to a recent survey about the state of collaboration within our department. The feedback was consistent that collaboration was…well…inconsistent. It all depends on who you’re working with.

In all organizations you’ll hear people complain about the difficulty of working with certain colleagues. The common refrain is, “If only they would____” communicate better, be more responsive, give me all the information I need…fill in the blank with whatever fits your particular situation.

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The true value of communication skills

The true value of communication skills | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

In life and business, we’re faced with innumerable potential conflicts and misunderstandings every day, be it face-to-face, on a phone call or in an instant message. Not only do we all have our own individual communication style but our different cultural and professional backgrounds, even our generation, impact on the way we convey and perceive information.

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5 Super Effective Ways to Become a Great Communicator

5 Super Effective Ways to Become a Great Communicator | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Great communicators are highly respected and trusted. To them, it is very important to first build relationships--both personal and professional--as a way to create successful communication. Great communicators appreciate all their relationships and all the interactions they have. They are successful people who become the go-to source for other people within an organization.

One of the advantages that great communicators have is the big opportunity to get promoted and recognized in their careers more frequently as a result of their great communication competencies. Below are five successful practices of great communicators:


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 24, 7:00 PM

Great communicators are better liked, more successful, and produce more value for their organizations. Isn't it time to become a great communicator?

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7 Habits Of People Who Are Happy At Work

7 Habits Of People Who Are Happy At Work | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Regardless of our situation at work, here are 7 ways of maximizing our happiness

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The Fundamentals of Successful Thinking

The Fundamentals of Successful Thinking | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

The simple truth is that our control over our consciousness determines the quality of our lives as well as our ability to reach our full potential.

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5 Tips for Using OneNote as Your To-Do List

5 Tips for Using OneNote as Your To-Do List | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Is making a to-do list on your to-do list? Set it up in OneNote to make getting things done as straightforward as possible. A to-do list can be a great way of ensuring you're making progress — but it'll only serve that purpose if its set up correctly. Building a to-do list inside OneNote offers a host of…

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Coaching Through the Frame of Neuroscience

Coaching Through the Frame of Neuroscience | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
While executive coaching is gaining momentum worldwide as a valuable part of the leadership development journey, the field of neuroscience is providing a better understanding of the inner workings of the brain and evidence of the benefits of coaching.

Coaching can be defined as a partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that supports in identifying their goals and taking steps to reach them. The biggest impact of coaching occurs when there is a shift in a person’s thinking (“aha” moments). Shifts in how we perceive the world occur because what we experience changes through the questions that are asked. It is fascinating to see through neuroscience research how these shifts are manifested in the brain.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 20, 2:36 AM

Coaches need to keep up with neuroscience to help clients understand how they can use their brains more effectively!

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Healthy Skepticism or Toxic Negativity? Good Teams Know the Difference

Healthy Skepticism or Toxic Negativity? Good Teams Know the Difference | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

You have an idea so great that you practically skip into the Monday morning staff meeting, ready to share!
Once you share your next best idea, though, you look around – and none of the enthusiasm you expected exists. Not even a tepid thumbs up or a good question; all you see is confused expressions. Finally, someone speaks up.
“I don’t get it.”
As you try to explain your thought process, the team peppers you with more questions. Before you know it, the meeting is over; you’ve run out of time. You leave discouraged.
“What’s with that guy, anyway? He’s always so negative!”
You spend your day upset and agitated. You question whether you want to offer up another original idea – ever again.

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4 Powerful Ways to Value People Beyond Saying Thank You

4 Powerful Ways to Value People Beyond Saying Thank You | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Research shows that highly engaged employees are 50% more likely to exceed expectations at work. The same research finds companies with higher engagement levels outperform those with low engagement “by 54% in employee retention, by 89% in customer satisfaction, and by fourfold in revenue growth.” Companies with engaged employees simply do better. So, how do we grow the engagement necessary to build a high-performance enterprise? We must value people for their work. Not gratuitously. But when a job is well done, we need to recognize that effort in earnest

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David Hain's curator insight, May 15, 9:17 AM

Doug Conant on listening exquisitely and raising the bar.  How are you making people feel?

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Five Secrets for Mastering Conflict

Five Secrets for Mastering Conflict | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Dear Joseph, I find that I struggle with successful interpersonal relationships at work. I continually run into conflict with my teammates as well as my boss, and they don’t end well. I’m starting ...

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لبنانية♥سعودية's curator insight, May 16, 1:55 PM

Perhaps the best article i've read in a long time 

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, May 18, 3:06 AM

In my position of administration I need these tips for eventualities 

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You Can’t Move Up If You’re Stuck in Your Boss’s Shadow

You Can’t Move Up If You’re Stuck in Your Boss’s Shadow | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Having a good boss — someone who stands up for you, who buffers you from interoffice politics, and who competently represents your team to the rest of the company — is a wonderful thing. Except when it’s harmful to your career. If you aren’t visible to others in the company, you’re unlikely to have a strong network, expand your influence, and move up in the organization. How do you come out from behind your boss’s shadow?

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Emotional Icebergs: The Barrier to Success No One’s Talking About

Emotional Icebergs: The Barrier to Success No One’s Talking About | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
There are plenty of barriers to success, but there’s one substantial obstacle that few people know about. It’s your iceberg beliefs.

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World-Class Apprenticeships - Where's Our Mandela?

World-Class Apprenticeships - Where's Our Mandela? | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Over the last few weeks, I have set out what I believe to be some of the key building blocks that must be in place if we are to build a genuine World-Class Apprenticeship programme. In summary, I believe we need:-

 

- A system that is based on demand rather than supply with committed employers at the heart of the process and making the buying decisions

 

- A focus on quality rather than quantity and an understanding that the current skills crisis can only be addressed through an Apprenticeship programme designed around Level 3 and higher qualifications

 

- To position Apprenticeships as a high value brand rather than a commodity with an end to “free training” and the disgraceful Apprenticeship Minimum Wage

 

But none of this can be achieved unless we have leaders across the sector who recognise the need for change and more importantly, understand how to implement it.

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