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Learning Organisations: Why Learning Organisations Work

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A learning organisation is an ethos, a way of being.  And it starts with at the top of the organisation - the senior leaders e.g. the senior leaders / manager / business owner.  Because a learning organisation is about workplace culture hand it is the senior leaders who are the culture generators  For a culture of collaboration, knowledge and excellence then becoming a learning organisation is a great way to go as this article shows us.

 

I spent some time working with a group of senior leaders who were very keen to establish a learning culture, to become a learning organisation.   Recognising their pivotal role in visibly leading a 'learning way of being' was key to the success they had.

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The Zen of Doing - Eusophi

Our minds are constantly awash in thoughts, but in the chaos of the modern world, there is a beauty in the simple zen of doing.
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'Before enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water', Zen proverb. Most adult learners come to organisational learning programs preoccupied with all of the competing demands they are juggling in their busy working lives and it can be hard for them to be present. They keep checking their emails and messages on their phones/iPads; they duck out of the room to go to a meeting for an hour. They race back to their desks in the lunch break to take care of important business. I often talk to them about the gift that the learning program can give them - not just the outcomes of the program but the gift of being able to indulge in just focussing on the one thing they need to do in that time: be in their learning. Reading this article reminded me of how wonderful it can feel when you give yourself permission to be present in the simple act of doing.
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The Science of Why We Sleep and What Happens Inside Our Brains When We Do | Brain Pickings

The Science of Why We Sleep and What Happens Inside Our Brains When We Do | Brain Pickings | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
What your brain's chemical lullaby has to do with how screens are making you perennially tired.
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Fascinating article c/ Brain Pickings which includes an engaging, easy to watch and understand video about what we know about the role that sleep plays in our lives (& all animal life). While we really don't understand sleep (there are several theories) one thing that is agreed is the importance of sleep for learning.
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Love of learning is the key to success in the jobless future

Love of learning is the key to success in the jobless future | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Today's students should be ready to learn and change jobs constantly.
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A fascinating article about the future and the ever-increasing importance of being 'learningful' - of having a passion for learning.
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5 Ways to Become More Self-Aware

5 Ways to Become More Self-Aware | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
To be a good leader, you have to know yourself.
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The more we know ourselves the better leaders, workers, friends & family we will be. I particularly like the suggestions about using the more mundane tasks in life as moments for active contemplation and mindfulness.
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4 steps to changing your brain for good [Jeffrey Schwartz] - YouTube

1. Relabel 2. Reframe 3. Refocus 4. Revalue Research Psychiatrist Jeffrey Schwartz (UCLA) explains his 4-step mindfulness method, outlined in his book, You A...
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Mindfulness is "the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment",[1]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness_(psychology)

 

In essence, mindfulness is paying attention to what you are paying attention to.

 

Understanding how our brains work and being mindfully aware allows us to constructively focus our attention.  It enables us to use self-directed neuroplasticity hand better manage our ‘internal environments’: the way we feel and respond to the world around us. 

 

By being mindful and choosing how we want to respond to the world we rewire our brain and develop new habits.


PRISM Brain Mapping

PRISM interfaces well with mindfulness. We know that mindful awareness changes the brain, Professor Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. Associate Research Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine. One of the world’s leading experts in neuroplasticity

 

http://www.jbasslearning.com/prism-brain-mapping.html

 

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The truth about trust Honesty and integrity at work | ILM Research

The truth about trust Honesty and integrity at work | ILM Research | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
The 2020 manager will need to be agile and adaptive, but the fundamentals of good leadership and management will matter more than ever.
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Interesting report on trust, honest and integrity in the workplace from the Institute of Leadership Management, UK.  According to this report openness, effective communication, the ability to make decisions, integrity and competence are the Five Fundamentals of Trust.   

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Blog: Reinventing culture

Blog: Reinventing culture | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Angela Atkins of Elephant HR reveals some of the game-changing strategies that companies are using to create a workplace culture that delivers for everyone.
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The importance of workplace culture for organisational success is well known. This blog shares some innovations that well known companies have implemented. For example getting rid of manager roles and job titles or abandoning performance reviews.
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The Power of Introverts, Animated

The Power of Introverts, Animated | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
A necessary antidote to our culture's extreme bias for extraversion.

In this short animated excerpt from Susan Cain's RSA talk, based on
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As an introvert I was delighted to find this article. As a learning architect it is a salient reminder of the importance of remembering the needs of your introverted learners - finding a balance between group activities and solo activities. This is also important for your extroverted learners -developing their ability to work on their own for solitude is important in the creation of ideas and new ways of thinking.
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To be a good leader you need to be a good follower...

To be a good leader you need to be a good follower... | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it

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Leadership is the responsibility of everyone - not just the people who have 'leader' in their title.  Followership is equally important - without followers you can't have leaders.  Yet there appears to be general consensus that the art and science of followership doesn't receive the same air-play as does leadership. No matter what level in the organisation, all leaders are followers as well.

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Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life." Anne Lamott'
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Perfectionism - where does it come from? Our desire to do our best? Or fear we will be held to the very standards we are judging others by?
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The Tao of Holding Space

The Tao of Holding Space | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
I am pleased to announce the release of a small book I have been working on for the last three years. It is called "The Tao of Holding Space" and it is a collection of interpretations of the 81 sho...
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I just rediscovered this book in my library and so wanted to share it with you.  While written with Open Space in mind, The Tao of Holding Space is a fantastic resource for leaders, managers, trainers and facilitators alike.  Much of what this book is about can be used in our every day lives, it is about the art of being completely present and totally invisible, to let go of control and to facilitate the flow of collaboration by holding space.

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50 Ways to Open Your World to New Possibilities

50 Ways to Open Your World to New Possibilities | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did. Here are 50 ideas to get started creating the life you want.
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To be open to the possibility get out of your own head
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How mindfulness can help you to live in the present | Rev. Takafumi Kawakami | TEDxKyoto

Rev. Takafumi Kawakami, Deputy Head Priest at Kyoto’s Shunkoin Temple, embraces the skill of mindfulness as the center of Zen Buddhism and meditation
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Step 1 - bring your workplace learners into the space. Help them see the value in giving themselves permission to turn the volume down on their incessantly busy work lives so they can take a step back and examine their practice.
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How stress affects your brain - Madhumita Murgia

How stress affects your brain - Madhumita Murgia | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.
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We seem to be living in a world that prides itself on being chronically busy, I think of it as crazy busy.  The kind of busy that becomes bad for us - tired & stressed with no sense of reprieve.  And our brains are incredibly flexible - up to 70% of our neural connections change everyday as a result of our experiences - what we are learning in our daily lives.  Turns out that chronic stress changes the size of our brain. #learningarchitect #prismbrainmapping 

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Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks | MindShift | KQED News

Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks | MindShift | KQED News | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists have known for a long time that regular quizzing on information helps make it stick, but students and teachers don't always know how to apply
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This article makes a good point about the importance of creating multiple opportunities that cause learners to retrieve what they have learnt - helps strengthen neural pathways. These opportunities (reasons) need to be built into the instructional design - it's not just about getting stuff into our learners brains, it's also about learners being able to get that stuff back out when they need it.
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“That’s the Way We (Used to) Do Things Around Here”

“That’s the Way We (Used to) Do Things Around Here” | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
With a little knowledge of neuroscience, reframing behavior can be the essence of organizational change.
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Culture change is one of the hardest things to achieve. Understanding a little bit of neuroscience about how our brains manage habits can make a big difference to the success of organisational change. 'Our brains are highly plastic; even the most entrenched thought oatterns can be changed'.
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Where's The Innovation In Education Coming From?

Where's The Innovation In Education Coming From? | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Where's The Innovation In Education Coming From?
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An interesting article looking at the state of innovation in education by looking at 4 key ares of learning program designed: Content, Learning Methods, Assessment & Responing to Aseessment.  The author also challenges the increasingly popular assumption that innovation is necessary and asks some great thought prompters to help decide whether to innovate or not.  While this article is speaking with younger students in mind, it is equally relevant to adult educators.
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Wisdom from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success

Wisdom from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
"Character is at least as important as intellect."

Creative history brims with embodied examples of why the secret of genius is doggednes
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'Character is as important as intellect' It was only the other day that I was talking with a colleague about the type of person who become senior leaders. Chris, who is a senior leader, explained that he believed it was more often to do with staying power and resilience than a hunger for power. And then this article appeared from Brain Pickings :). While it focussed on children it is equally relevant for adult learners.
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How Repetition Enchants the Brain and the Psychology of Why We Love It in Music

How Repetition Enchants the Brain and the Psychology of Why We Love It in Music | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
"Music takes place in time, but repetition beguilingly makes it knowable in the way of something outside of time."

"The repetition itself
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Interesting article on the psycho-emotional attractiveness of repetition in music and more broadly. Reinforces the importance of repetition in adult education. As educators and facilitators we need to design in meaningful, engaging repetition to embed and reinforce the learning.
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The Power of Introverts, Animated

The Power of Introverts, Animated | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
A necessary antidote to our culture's extreme bias for extraversion.

In this short animated excerpt from Susan Cain's RSA talk, based on
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As an introvert I was delighted to find this article. As a learning architect it is a salient reminder of the importance of remembering the needs of your introverted learners - finding a balance between group activities and solo activities. This is also important for your extroverted learners -developing their ability to work on their own for solitude is important in the creation of ideas and new ways of thinking.
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10 free tools for creating infographics | Creative Bloq

10 free tools for creating infographics | Creative Bloq | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it

...The only problem is, infographics that look like they were simple to make are often anything but. Creating something beautiful and instantly understandable in Photoshop is often beyond the limits that time allows. Which is why it's occasionally useful to use a quick and dirty infographics tool to speed up the process.

 

We've selected our favourites here. They're all free, or offer free versions. Let us know which ones you get on best with...


Via Jeff Domansky
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Some really useful looking tools 

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Barbara Hartzler's curator insight, August 21, 2014 3:43 PM

This is awesome! I was just trying to create my first infographic on Publisher and it was soooo not working.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 22, 2014 4:26 AM

I know nothing about this but it looks like a good starting point...:-)))

Luis Cano's curator insight, August 23, 2014 4:02 PM

Herramientas de Infograficas ...

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The difference between facilitation and facipulation

The difference between facilitation and facipulation | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Whenever a facilitator stands in front of a group of people sitting in a workshop, it is important to realise that the standing position is a powerful and dominating position. While the purpose of ...
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According to http://m.businesstoday.in/story/meaning-of-the-word-facipulate/1/16535.html, facipulation is: An unfortunate mix of 'facilitate' and 'manipulate', it means influencing the course of a discussion by indirectly promoting particular lines of thought. Origin: The verb originated in the US in the 1980s, but became popular in the last decad As facilitators we have a tremendous respondibility to stay true to the fundamental principal of helping groups to do their best work by focussing on the process and staying out of the content. Depending on what is being facilitated you may need to cross the borders between process and content -this needs to be done carefully and transparently. And as facilitators we have to be careful not too cross-over into 'facipulation'
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The Theology of Rest: A Modern Sermon About Living with Presence in the Age of Productivity

The Theology of Rest: A Modern Sermon About Living with Presence in the Age of Productivity | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
"Rest, instead of being something passive, is actually an act of resistance."

"Busy is a decision," a wise woman once once reminded us. I
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It's Monday morning and as we're all about to launch into another week take a moment to remember that 'busy' is a decision as this article reminds us. I'm not saying that we don't need or want to work hard and do well, but when business has become a badge of honour and that is all there is then what is the point? After all, how we spend our days is how we spend our lives.
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“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter

“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
"A public library keeps no intentional secrets about its mechanisms; a search engine keeps many." "The dangerous time when mechanical voi
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An interesting article that challenges the thinking that the internet is changing our brains and dumbing us down. On the basis that all our experiences change our brain, the question is what impact is the web really having?
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Please Stop Ideating

Please Stop Ideating | Adult Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Innovation is more about refining the right idea than coming up with new ones.
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How many times have you sat in a meeting where the ideas start flowing and then nothing happens? Innovation is not just about generating more and more new ideas. It is about working on an idea until that idea is transformed into reality. Often it's about taking existing ideas and working them in a different way. This blog argues that for ideation to work it needs to have the right focus - not just on generating an abundance of new ideas, but on capturing existing ideas and doing something with them. While ideating is fun it can be fleeting. Innovation takes work, discipline and persistence.
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