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How to Influence Your Manager: Passive Versus Proactive Followership

How to Influence Your Manager: Passive Versus Proactive Followership | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Followers are essential to any organization. Without followers there are no leaders and without proactively engaged followers there is little room for company growth. Proactive followers are not ‘yes people’. They support their leaders by questioning their assumptions and offering competing views on how to overcome important challenges. In the current climate, a lack of proactive followership may lead to company-wide failure. There is however, a fine line between constructive and destructive behavior.

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Developing Resilience: Overcoming and Growing from Setbacks

Developing Resilience: Overcoming and Growing from Setbacks | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

According to legend, Thomas Edison made thousands of prototypes of the incandescent light bulb before he finally got it right. And, since the prolific inventor was awarded more than 1,000 patents, it's easy to imagine him failing on a daily basis in his lab at Menlo Park.

In spite of struggling with "failure" throughout his entire working life, Edison never let it get the best of him. All of these "failures," which are reported to be in the tens of thousands, simply showed him how not to invent something. His resilience gave the world some of the most amazing inventions of the early 20th century, such as the phonograph, the telegraph, and the motion picture.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 27, 9:44 AM
Learn from your mistakes and failures. Every mistake has the power to teach you something important; so don't stop searching until you've found the lesson in every situation. Also, make sure that you understand the idea of "post-traumatic growth" – there can be real truth in the saying that "if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger."
 
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3 Ways Coaching Can Help Teams and Work Groups

3 Ways Coaching Can Help Teams and Work Groups | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Most coaches work one on one with clients, but at times coaches are also hired to facilitate team performance when people come together to accomplish shared goals, make decisions, or learn new skills.

Having a coach who is pulling for the good of not only the team but also each team member can help keep the agreed-upon common purpose and desired outcomes top of mind all along the way.

When coaching in a team setting, focus on three objectives:

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How apprenticeships can get more women into STEM

How apprenticeships can get more women into STEM | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP SERVICE EXPLAINS HOW INCREASING THE NUMBER OF FEMALE APPRENTICESHIPS IN STEM INDUSTRIES IS ESSENTIAL FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND WORKPLACE EQUALITY

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Is Leadership Listening a Lost Art?

Is Leadership Listening a Lost Art? | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

This question is not reserved for those who hold high positions on an org chart or a title on a business card.  You don’t need a title to be a leader. Whether leading yourself or an organization, a family or a community, you have a sphere of influence and from that influence you impact and lead others

But how well you do depends upon a delicate skill: listening.

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How to Make an Infographic: A Visual Guide for Beginners

How to Make an Infographic: A Visual Guide for Beginners | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
A free step-by-step visual guide for beginners on creating on infographic, from how to write copy for your visual to how to promote it effectively.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, April 21, 10:44 AM
Great article. Lots of useful tips for beginnings.
 
Paul's curator insight, April 23, 9:58 AM

great resource for teachers

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The Simplex Process: A Robust Creative Problem Solving Process

The Simplex Process: A Robust Creative Problem Solving Process | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
This powerful step-by-step process helps you identify and solve problems robustly and creatively.

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, April 19, 11:22 AM
In addition to helping address business problems, this process provides a synthesis for more comprehensive and accurate educational research.
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8 Tips to Improve Your Interviewing Skills

8 Tips to Improve Your Interviewing Skills | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

How good at interviewing are you? Even if you’re a pro, you could always sharpen your skills at least a bit.

When you stop and think about it, if the goal of the interview process is to hire the best candidates so as to make your company stronger, it’s always worth revisiting your skills to see whether you can become a more effective interviewer. With that in mind, here are eight tips that could increase the chances you extend offers to the right people every time:

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Why Workplace Conflict Can Be Healthy

Why Workplace Conflict Can Be Healthy | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

​Most of us try to avoid conflict, especially at work. 


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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 16, 11:44 AM

In my opinion, the only time workplace conflict can be healthy is if there is already a relationship of trust and transparency. Outside of this it can become divisive.

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True Grit: How to Build Up Your Resilience

Three steps that you can take to increase your ability to persevere.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, April 14, 3:11 PM
We need to help students understand about grit or perseverance. 
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Quiet Power: How to succeed as an introvert in the workplace 

Quiet Power: How to succeed as an introvert in the workplace  | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Being an introvert by nature prevents women in particular from getting ahead in business. To remain true to themselves, how can more low-key personalities achieve their goals?
Donald Trump has proved that the most uninhibited extrovert can stomp to the very top of the leadership ladder. Trump thrives when he’s among the masses. The bigger the crowd, the louder and more assured he gets. He knows exactly what to say, at just the right time.  

As an extrovert, Trump is an extreme and, perhaps, aggressive example. Yet, he does embody elements of the personality trait that society favours; we smile at the toddler who sings the loudest at music group and laugh with the quick-witted classmate. We savour positive attention from the bubbly girls and outgoing guys at high school.

Even the workplace is set up to favour extroverts, says Susan Cain, best-selling author and co-founder of the Quiet Revolution, an organisation that aims to unlock the power of introverts. “We work in open-plan offices without walls, where we are subject to the constant noise and gaze of our co-workers,” she says in her TED talk on introversion, which has been viewed more than 15 million times. “And when it comes to leadership, introverts are routinely passed over for these positions.”

Researchers estimate that a third to a half of the population lean towards introversion. Applied to the workplace, can this number be ignored?

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David Hain's curator insight, April 14, 4:54 AM

Some positive ways to be quietly powerful...!

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Researchers estimate that a third to a half of the population lean towards introversion. Applied to the workplace, can this number be ignored?
 
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8 Classic Mistakes When First Becoming a Manager 

8 Classic Mistakes When First Becoming a Manager  | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Find out eight common mistakes that a woman made as a manager to other employees in her company and the lessons she learned from them.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.
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It's the Small Things That Make a Great Leader

It's the Small Things That Make a Great Leader | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Leadership development is slowly becoming like late night TV ads. Over the past few weeks, I get these notifications of leadership development seminars that promise to make you a terrific and dynamic leader:

“Become an effective leader if you do these 5 things”

“Leadership training to become the leader of tomorrow.”

If it were that easy everyone would be doing it, was one of my father’s favorite quotes.

My eyes roll as I read each one. There is no magic wand to becoming a better leader. Whether it is 3 days or 5 days, it is not going to happen.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 14, 4:27 PM
"“Become an effective leader if you do these 5 things” “Leadership training to become the leader of tomorrow.” If it were that easy everyone would be doing it, was one of my father’s favorite quotes. My eyes roll as I read each one. There is no magic wand to becoming a better leader. Whether it is 3 days or 5 days, it is not going to happen."

When we pay attention to the details of our relationships, we lead.
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What's the Difference Between Mental Strength and Emotional Intelligence?

Developing both could be the key to your personal and professional success.

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How to Be a Lifelong Learner

How to Be a Lifelong Learner | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
People around the world are hungry to learn. Instructor Barbara Oakley discovered this when her online course “Learning How to Learn”—filmed in her basement in front of a green screen—attracted more than 1.5 million students.
Part of the goal of her course—and her new book, Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential—is to debunk some of the myths that get in the way of learning, like the belief that we’re bad at math or too old to change careers. These are just artificial obstacles, she argues. 

“People can often do more, change more, and learn more—often far more—than they’ve ever dreamed possible. Our potential is hidden in plain sight all around us,” Oakley writes.
She should know: Throughout her early schooling, she flunked math and science classes and resisted family pressure to pursue a science degree. Today? She’s a professor of engineering at Oakland University, after many different jobs in between.
Her book aims to help readers discover their hidden potential, by offering them both the tools and the inspiration to transform themselves through learning. 

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David Hain's curator insight, April 26, 11:04 AM

Learning to learn - and never stopping the learning journey - is one of the secrets of a long, fulfilled and successful life!

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3 Keys and 4 Hows of Building Awesome Teams - People Development Network

3 Keys and 4 Hows of Building Awesome Teams - People Development Network | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
I've been lucky enough to be part of many great teams. Teams who work autonomously, synchronously, collaboratively, creating awesome things together

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Every Manager Can Become A Better Leader By Asking This One Question

Every Manager Can Become A Better Leader By Asking This One Question | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Managing is much harder than most people think. HR software company HighGround surveyed 525 managers and 525 employees, and it found an improvement opportunity that 57% of managers miss.

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10 Ways to Make L&D Cool Again

10 Ways to Make L&D Cool Again | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
If we want to reduce attrition rates and improve ROI from our training initiatives, we need to get even more creative in capturing our audience’s attention.

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Why we need simplicity to cope with complexity – mindfulness in business life

Why we need simplicity to cope with complexity – mindfulness in business life | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

In the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, written in 1989, Stephen R. Covey speaks about developing a habit of continuous improvement called Sharpen the Saw®. This habit focuses on what he calls “your greatest asset…” which is You! He refers to a balanced program for self-renewal which includes both physical and mental aspects. It’s about increasing our capacity to be productive, manage challenging situations and to cope with change - sustainably and efficiently.

Today this habit is more relevant than ever. Across industries, organisations expect employees and leaders to apply agile and lean principles to maintain a constant pace and welcome changing requirements, respectively reduce waste in the value chain and create flow.

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Running Effective Meetings: Establishing an Objective and Sticking to It

Running Effective Meetings: Establishing an Objective and Sticking to It | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

There are good meetings and there are bad meetings. Bad meetings drone on forever, you never seem to get to the point, and you leave wondering why you were even present. Effective ones leave you energized and feeling that you've really accomplished something.

So what makes a meeting effective? This really boils down to three things:

They achieve the meeting's objective.
They take up a minimum amount of time.
They leave participants feeling that a sensible process has been followed.
If you structure your meeting planning, preparation, execution, and follow up around these three basic criteria, the result will be an effective meeting.

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The 5 Essentials to Effective Coaching

The 5 Essentials to Effective Coaching | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
There are all sorts of management styles, but none of them will work without the right foundation.

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6 Tips for Helping Employees Work Through Conflicts

6 Tips for Helping Employees Work Through Conflicts | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Proper behavior and attitudes at work bear great fruit.

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Your Brain Doesn't Want to Change: 5 Ways to Make It

Your Brain Doesn't Want to Change: 5 Ways to Make It | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Change is always awkward at first, but it gets easier with practice.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 14, 8:31 AM
Remember, if you want to behave differently, you have to think differently. We can retrain our brains and form new habits. It just takes courage and the willingness to step outside our comfort zones. Change can be scary, but by taking some time to proactively manage the process, you can set yourself up for success.
 
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Stop Wanting And Start Doing: 5 Practices For Building Mental Toughness

Stop Wanting And Start Doing: 5 Practices For Building Mental Toughness | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

I’ve been asked on a number of occasions the “secret” to harnessing mental toughness to overcome adversity. The “secret,” I tell them, isn’t a secret but a fact that they don’t want to hear because it’s simple. But simple isn’t easy. That secret is this: make a decision and go with it.

That’s it.

I remember waiting for Hell Week to begin in BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training) and students asking the instructors—in a somewhat uncommon cordial setting—what the secret was to making it through five and a half days of constant, nonstop activity. Here’s what the instructors said, “The secret to making it through BUD/S, is knowing you’re going to make it through BUD/S.”

It’s belief.

You need to believe that you’re the type of person who has the skill and will to make that goal happen, and then make it happen. Don’t worry about what’s right and don’t wait for the perfect opportunity because “perfect” doesn’t exist—it’s an excuse to procrastinate.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 28, 6:17 PM

Mental toughness is a muscle, and like all other muscles, it demands consistent exercise to get stronger.

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Communication: Stop Paying The Price For Conversational Cowardice At Work

Communication: Stop Paying The Price For Conversational Cowardice At Work | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

If the number one fear among people—public speaking—had a younger sibling, it would be the fear of difficult conversations.

Even powerful executives with strong personalities cringe at the thought. Employees at all levels demonstrate almost supernatural ingenuity in their ability to create workarounds to the difficult issues and difficult people they might have to address head-on.

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4 Common Topics When Coaching in Turbulent Times

4 Common Topics When Coaching in Turbulent Times | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Managing during stressful times can be very challenging. Most managers will experience major change several times throughout their career. This may include a company merger, downsizing, a new senior leadership team, or new job responsibilities. Managers must cope with their own emotions and uncertainties along with those of their direct reports.

Wondering what people want to talk about most often during times of uncertainty? And how coaching can help? Below are a few common topics managers discuss with their coach when things get stressful.

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