By Marieke Vandeweyer. Types of skills for the future Structural changes, such as technological progress and globalisation, are changing the skills needed in the labour market. The importance of assessing skills needs was already discussed in a previous blog post. In light of the changing skills demand, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has identified the…
Just like anything else that involves human experience or interaction, the act of learning does not happen in a vacuum. It is at the intersection of prior knowledge, experience, perception, reality, comprehension, and flexibility that learning occurs. In years past, the traditional learning paradigms of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism have been the benchmarks against which the learning process has been measured. What happens, though, when you throw into the mix all the technological advancements that have come about over the last 40-50 years? These theories certainly do not become obsolete by any means, but they do need to be used in a very different way to be able to incorporate the attributes of a 21st century learning environment. In today’s technology-rich society, it has become increasingly important to learn how to learn. Vail put it simply by declaring that learning must be a way of being (1996).
One of the most important skills today is the ability to be comfortable with being a novice. The world is changing so fast that new skills and knowledge make all of us feel uncomfortable. Embracing our inner novice, being comfortable with being uncomfortable, and accepting being bad at something on the way to mastering it is the most important way to stay ahead.
Maybe you've heard, being constantly busy is bad for your brain. "Many important mental processes seem to require what we call downtime and other forms of rest during the day," claims a Scientific American article rounding up the research on the subject. Doing nothing now and then is required to replenish motivation and attention, and to form stable memories, science shows.
It's also required for maximum creativity, according to new research.
Your cluttered mind is a creativity killer
The study comes out of Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where researchers Shira Baror and Moshe Bar asked a group of volunteers to complete a creativity-gauging word association task. For instance, if the researchers said "white," the participants were asked to name whatever related word first popped into their heads.
Now here's the twist. The participants had to do this while carrying various mental "loads." Some were simultaneously asked to remember a string of seven digits, while others had to commit only two to memory. How did their performance differ?
Trust is complicated: a word we use easily and frequently and yet one which contains a great deal of ambiguity when we try to nail down its meaning. We know it when we feel it, we know it when we lose it, we enjoy it when we have it, and yet it’s very hard to put a circle around it. I have a fairly simple aim with this work: to take the notion of trust and break it down into some pragmatic and practical areas that we can consider. I want to build a baseline of data, through surveying a range of organisations, to show how trust is manifest in these different sub areas, and to help understand the implications when it is lacking.
Including grantees in decision-making, program-building, and strategy is critical to effective social impact. While the things grantmakers “do” are important, authentic inclusion also requires that they embrace a new mindset.
With each member of a team being an individual, the ability to possess a transformational style to suit is an extremely important asset. What we receive as output, is always reflective of the input. Honing skills to manage teams through flexibility is what Stormley Consulting understand. Contact us at www.stormleyconsulting.com
How often have you been in what you call “a conversation” (for lack of a better word) that is completely one-sided? For example, one of the people in the conversation is doing 90% of the talking and even if the other person manages to get in a word or two, the other person either responds immediately or continues on their rant. One of my favourite life lessons is to “listen to understand, not to respond”. Unfortunately, in my experience, 90% of the population does not do this. They want to help. They want to respond. They want to be heard. They want their opinion to be heard. They want their opinion to be adapted…..
On a more positive note, I have been fortunate enough be on the receiving end of the gift of listening. It is an amazing feeling to really have someone listen to what you have to say, to be curious about what you are saying and why you are saying it. Instead of responding with their opinion or their experience, they respond with empathy and understanding. It provides an incredible connection between two people. Listening is an important skill for all of us, but as Leaders, it is even more important. As a Leader, listening to others gives you the opportunity to really connect with your colleagues and to understand how they are feeling about what is going on in your organization. It also brings respect for you from your team because they know that their opinion and thoughts are being heard and are valuable.
Imagine how it would feel if you could give someone the gift of listening. It takes a lot of practice and discipline to control the urge to provide input and opinion, but most of the time, that is not what people want. They want to be SEEN, HEARD, and UNDERSTOOD. This is a common need of all human beings.
By Joern Fischer Finally, the first paper is out from our Leverage Points project. It’s led by Dave Abson, and lays out a conceptual framework and research agenda, all around the notion of “deep leverage points”. Please share it through your networks. The paper draws on Donella Meadows' notion of “deep leverage points” – places…
Over the last several decades, through my work with tens of thousands of clients and meditation students, I’ve come to see the pain of perceived deficiency as epidemic. It’s like we’re in a trance that causes us to see ourselves as unworthy. Yet, I have seen in my own life, and with countless others, that we can awaken from this trance through practicing mindfulness and self-compassion. We can come to trust the goodness and purity of our hearts.
In order to flower, self-compassion depends on honest, direct contact with our own vulnerability. Compassion fully blossoms when we actively offer care to ourselves. To help people address feelings of insecurity and unworthiness, I often introduce mindfulness and compassion through a meditation I call the RAIN of Self-Compassion. The acronym RAIN, first coined about 20 years ago by Michele McDonald, is an easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness.
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