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The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Suppose each time you ran low on an item in your kitchen—olive oil, bananas, napkins—your instinctive response was to drop everything and race to the store. How much time would you lose? How much money would you squander on gas? What would happen to your productivity?


We all recognize the inefficiency of this approach. And yet surprisingly, we often work in ways that are equally wasteful.


The reason we keep a shopping list and try to keep supermarket trips to a minimum is that it’s easy to see the cost of driving to the store every time we crave a bag of potato chips. What is less obvious to us, however, is the cognitive price we pay each time we drop everything and switch activities to satisfy a mental craving.

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According to a University of California-Irvine study, regaining our initial momentum following an interruption can take, on average, upwards of 20 minutes.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, July 14, 2014 4:16 AM
Breaking the email habit has to start with the realisation that you are an addict!
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Working Out Loud: The making of a movement

Do you want to make a difference in your life? In your organization? In the world? Working Out Loud can help you.

Powered by peer support circles spreading the practice across companies and countries, Working Out Loud is now a growing movement. In this talk, John Stepper describes how you can start, so you can unlock a better career and life. 

John helps people access a better career and life – and helps organizations create a more open, connected culture – by spreading the practice of Working Out Loud.

 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Working Out Loud is an approach to goals that helps you build relationships and learn, enabling you to better enjoy each day while gaining access to more possibilities.

 

Think “Dale Carnegie meets the Internet.” Instead of playing career roulette, you invest in deepening relationships. Instead of networking to get something, you lead with generosity. You make your work visible and frame it as a contribution. Combined, these elements form a powerful approach to work and life.

 

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Learning at the Speed of Business

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What digital means for the next generation of corporate academies.

 

A new phase is unfolding where organizations must grapple with tools and platforms that facilitate knowledge sharing and employee interactions on an almost limitless scale, challenging -and sometimes appearing to sweep away - the old brick-and-mortar model.

 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Digitization offers a huge opportunity to transform learning and address some of its current deficiencies, though it bears noting that digital learning tools are not new. What is new - and disruptively so - is the fact that the content of learning is moving to the cloud, becoming accessible across multiple devices and teaching environments and often being generated, shared, and continually updated by users themselves.

 

L&D and HR personnel must become less the authors of what gets taught in digital formats and more the facilitators who ensure that employee-generated content can be seamlessly dispersed throughout the company. 

 

 

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Noam Chomsky: The Purpose of Education

Noam Chomsky discusses the purpose of education, impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment and the value of standardised assessment.

 

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What is the difference between education and indoctrination? This debate rages back hundreds, thousands, of years, and will rage thousands more into the future. Every major philosopher has had one answer or another, from Plato to Locke, Hegel and Rousseau to Dewey. Continuing in that venerable tradition, linguist, political activist, and academic generalist extraordinaire Noam Chomsky, one of our most consistently compelling public intellectuals, has a lot to say in the video about education.

 

Also check out Maria Popova's post on Brain Pickings about Chomsky's thoughts on purposeful education. 

 

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Why Learning Is Central to Sustained Innovation

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Operational excellence requires cultivating an expectation for continuous improvement in all employees.

 

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Operational excellence requires cultivating an expectation for continuous improvement in all employees.

 

The only things many companies actually do under the heading of people development is to have an annual training-hours target and a travel budget for sending employees to conferences.

 

If managers really thought that people were their greatest asset and that it’s the energy and creativity of employees that drives innovation, why do companies do so little? Why doesn’t growing and developing people excite them just as much as installing new additive manufacturing equipment or the latest cloud-based collaboration tool?

 

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Learning to Learn

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Organizations today are in constant flux. Industries are consolidating, new business models are emerging, new technologies are being developed, and consumer behaviors are evolving. For executives, the ever-increasing pace of change can be especially demanding. It forces them to understand and quickly respond to big shifts in the way companies operate and how work must get done. 

In the words of Arie de Geus, a business theorist, “The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.”

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The ability to learn faster than your competitors is the only sustainable competitive advantage.

 

 

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, March 1, 12:42 PM

The ability to learn faster than your competitors is the only sustainable competitive advantage.

 

 

the ladder's curator insight, March 8, 12:21 AM

The ability to learn faster than your competitors is the only sustainable competitive advantage.

 

 

Mascha van de Weer's curator insight, March 17, 12:04 PM

What an awesome post! It contains some very useful strategies to boost key-attributes for lifelong learning (aspiration, self-awareness, curiosity and vulnerability). 

 

 

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We Learn More When We Learn Together

We Learn More When We Learn Together | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

We rarely grow alone. In fact, some psychologists have made a compelling case that we only grow in connection with others. However, we don’t need to learn with others in formal training or development programs: we can architect our own opportunities to gain insight, knowledge, and skills that move us on an upward trajectory. We can have more control over our learning at work if we make building high-quality connections a priority.

 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

As employers’ training and development investments wane, we all have to take charge of our development. You can amplify opportunities for growth and learning by cultivating high-quality connections. Look for them inside and outside your team at work and beyond the boundaries of your organization, or even outside your professional life. The great thing about investing in building and maintaining these connections is that everyone wins.

 

i also encourgae you to watch these two TED Talks with Kare Anderson (@KareAnderson on Twitter):

 

 

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4 Ways to Become a Better Learner

4 Ways to Become a Better Learner | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Learning agility is the capacity for rapid, continuous learning from experience. Agile learners are good at making connections across experiences, and they’re able to let go of perspectives or approaches that are no longer useful — in other words, they can unlearn things when novel solutions are required. People with this mindset tend to be oriented toward learning goals and open to new experiences. They experiment, seek feedback, and reflect systematically.

 

 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Learning agility is the capacity for rapid, continuous learning from experience. Agile learners are good at making connections across experiences, and they’re able to let go of perspectives or approaches that are no longer useful — in other words, they can unlearn things when novel solutions are required. People with this mindset tend to be oriented toward learning goals and open to new experiences. They experiment, seek feedback, and reflect systematically.

 

Article by Monique Valcour. Follow her on Twitter here: @moniquevalcour.

 

 

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the ladder's curator insight, March 8, 12:22 AM

Learning agility is the capacity for rapid, continuous learning from experience. Agile learners are good at making connections across experiences, and they’re able to let go of perspectives or approaches that are no longer useful — in other words, they can unlearn things when novel solutions are required. People with this mindset tend to be oriented toward learning goals and open to new experiences. They experiment, seek feedback, and reflect systematically.

 

Article by Monique Valcour. Follow her on Twitter here: @moniquevalcour.

 

 

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What Are the Required Skills for Today's Digital Workforce?

What Are the Required Skills for Today's Digital Workforce? | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Are there new ways to think about our digital workplace skills that allows us to take our thinking up to a new plane, the next meta-level of thinking and working where we have much higher leverage, can manage change that is an order of magnitude or greater in volume than today, work in fundamentally better and smarter new ways — and perhaps even work a bit less — yet produce much more value?


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Insightful article by Dion Hinchcliffe. 


It’s become pretty clear that one of two things is going to happen in the future workplace: The world will continue to pull ahead of the average workplace, as our internal rates of change are greatly exceeded by the marketplace. We will steadily become irrelevant and ineffective, eventually replaced by digital startups and better-adjusted competitors. Or we’ll find entirely new ways of improving our capabilities in a way that allows us to maintain some kind of parity with progress in the world.


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Stephen Dale's curator insight, November 22, 2015 5:51 AM

Key points: "Collaboration is becoming the most important strategic activity in organizations, even becoming a vital top-level corporate strategy and major fast-growth new business model as well. Workers today must be experts in digital collaboration techniques, know all the relevant platforms, and maintain an understanding of the current collaborative “channel catalog” at all strategic levels."

David Hain's curator insight, December 2, 2015 6:34 AM

The digital world is here, and advancing rapidly.  How are you keeping up? What messages are your people getting?

Daniel Tremblay's curator insight, December 2, 2015 1:30 PM

J'aime bien la colonne de droite du dessin "Improved Business Outcomes"...

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Five Personal Development Myths

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Self-help and personal development are big business, but lasting change doesn't come as quickly and easily as we've been led to believe.

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We need to be aware of the myths and misconceptions about personal development if we want to make real change in our lives.


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the ladder's curator insight, March 8, 12:23 AM

We need to be aware of the myths and misconceptions about personal development if we want to make real change in our lives.

 

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Developing Mastery in a Digital Age

Developing Mastery in a Digital Age | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

“The best way to predict the future is to create it,” Peter Drucker advised. 


But how can business leaders make meaning of a playing field that is constantly changing shape? Is it possible to create the future without having an updated navigation system to live, learn and lead in a digital age?



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Leaders that stay on top of society’s changes do so by being receptive and able to learn. In a time where the half-life of any skill is about five years leaders bear a responsibility to renew their perspective in order to secure the relevance of their organizations. It is rarely recognized, but the core activity in any change or transformation process, personal or organizational, is learning.


This article was first published on Drucker Society Europe’s blog as part of a series leading up to the Global Drucker Forum 2015.


The article was also published on Harvard Business Review in an edited version here: The Best Leaders Are Constant Learners


The illustration is Tanmay Vora's (@tnvora) synthesis of the HBR article.


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Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books

Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

It's no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's than their peers. But not all forms of reading are created equal.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

It's time to power down your Kindle.


A 2014 study found that readers of a short mystery story on a Kindle were significantly worse at remembering the order of events than those who read the same story in paperback. Lead researcher Anne Mangen of Norway's Stavanger University concluded that "the haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does."


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The Power of Outrospection

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Over the past century, self-help and therapy culture have emphasised constantly looking inward as a means of self-discovery and self-improvement. But are we really any better off for it, or is it possible that all of this focus on introspection has cut short our full potential?


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RebeccaMoore's curator insight, November 8, 2015 5:40 PM

Debates on the "problem with education" so often consume conversations among parents, administrators, political leaders, and educators. This video reminds us that although the systems in which we live and function every day may be flawed, we can make even larger gains by remembering to consider the other people with whom we have relations. Empathy can be very powerful and in working with our students, coworkers, and within ourselves, we can grow to be more empathetic which will make for better educators and more thoughtful, socially aware children to lead us into the future.

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Developing Mastery in a Digital Age

Developing Mastery in a Digital Age | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Leaders must have their eyes on the future and scan the world for signals of change. Intelligence about the future is a key resource for building robust strategic trajectories for companies.


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“The best way to predict the future is to create it,” Peter Drucker advised.But how can business leaders make meaning of a playing field that is constantly changing shape?Is it possible to create the future without having an updated navigation system to live, learn and lead in a digital age?Harold Jarche and I wrote a blog post for Drucker Society Europe about the importance of learning in times of change.
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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 12, 2015 4:56 AM

“The best way to predict the future is to create it,” Peter Drucker advised.


But how can business leaders make meaning of a playing field that is constantly changing shape?


Is it possible to create the future without having an updated navigation system to live, learn and lead in a digital age?


Harold Jarche and I wrote a blog post for Drucker Society Europe about the importance of learning in times of change.

 

Ilana Bern's curator insight, October 13, 2015 8:33 PM

Interesting insight on Personal Knowledge Mastery - Seek , Sense and  Share.

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Why build a Personal Learning Network?

Why build a Personal Learning Network? | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

How ever you approach your Personal Learning Network (PLN) you must keep the key principle in mind; it needs to be Personal.


The way you choose to build your PLN, the connections you make, the ideas you explore, the resources you share need to be relevant to you and should connect with your interests, expertise, passion and learning goals. If you are not finding value in your PLN, change it.  




Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Nigel Coutts writes about the value of a personal learning network as a teacher. I in particular like his thinking about Twitter as a fast moving stream. Valuable lessons for anyone even if you're not a teacher.



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A Visual History of Human Knowledge

A Visual History of Human Knowledge | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

How does knowledge grow?


Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches; other times it grows as a complex and interconnected network. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data -- from languages to dynasties -- using trees and networks of information.


It's a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity's urge to map what we know.

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20/20 Foresight

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Many business leaders need to improve their
perceptual acuity. Here’s how you can develop the ability to look around corners — and become a catalyst for change.


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You can cultivate perceptual acuity by watching catalysts and adopting the disciplined practice of looking over the horizon and searching for new ideas, events, technologies, or trends — things that an imaginative person could combine to meet an unmet need or create a totally new product. As your acuity sharpens, you’ll spot catalysts more easily and begin to see the world as they see it: as full of new possibilities and opportunities.


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The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics.


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There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career. You can learn interactively at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. It’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. Honestly, what are you waiting for?


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Stephen Dale's curator insight, July 12, 2015 5:37 AM

I have taken a number of courses with Coursera and Udemy - highly recommended.

RebeccaMoore's curator insight, July 15, 2015 8:02 PM

Some of the mentioned websites (TED Ed, Learn Zillion) I already use and wish I could utilize more in my own learning as well as that of my students. Keep this website as a resource for getting started with various projects

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21 Short Videos Worth More Than an MBA

21 Short Videos Worth More Than an MBA | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

You can spend $250,000 and three years of your life to get an MBA or spend a day watching these videos. Your choice.


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If you're determined to get a job that requires an MBA degree, by all means spend the time and money to get one. However, if you want to know more about business than 99.9 percent of your colleagues, you can spend a day watching these TED talks.


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Learning to Risk. Risking to Learn

Two years ago, Victor became curious about learning practical ways to improve the world.  


After researching business schools, Victor Saad decided the options didn't fit, so he created his own format of 12 experiences in 12 months, centered around design, business and social change. 


The project developed into a small community of amazing people taking risks to create change in their own lives and communities.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Victor wrote a book about his experiences. The title of the book is: The Leap Year Project. You can find more information about the project here


You can follow Victor Saad on Twitter here: @victorsaad

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Improve Your Ability to Learn

Improve Your Ability to Learn | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Learning agility is a mind-set and corresponding collection of practices that allow leaders to continually develop, grow and utilize new strategies that will equip them for the increasingly complex problems they face in their organizations.



Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

One of the best ways to coach for learning agility – or for that matter, any desirable set of behaviors – is to recognize and develop it in yourself. Becoming more learning-agile will help you cope with the turbulence of the workplace. And it will make you more aware of how to bring out the potential in your learning-agile people.


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Matthew Farmer's curator insight, June 11, 2015 2:06 AM

Learning Agility is becoming a prized quality.  In a world that changes so quickly, we must be prepared to leave behind some skills and approaches and adopt new ones.  What worked in the past may not work again in the future - at least not without some adaptation.

 

It can be hard to truly recognise that our old ways of doing things need to change and that the knowledge we have built up over time is worth less than we hoped.  It requires humility. But those that are able embrace this and be willing to re-learn on continual basis will have a much better chance of success in the future and will probably be ultimately more satisfied. For there is no joy quite like learning something new even if the process of learning may not be easy.

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How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas

How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

New research suggests that employees with a diverse Twitter network — one that exposes them to people and ideas they don’t already know — tend to generate better ideas.


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Just exposing oneself to diverse fields, opinions and beliefs on Twitter by itself is not sufficient to enhance innovativeness. Additional capabilities are needed to ensure that the ideas triggered via Twitter can be transformed into actual innovative outcomes.


Twitter users who performed these two roles at the same time were the most innovative: 


1. Using Twitter to become an idea scout.  Twitter is a “gateway to solution options” and a way to obtain different perspectives and to challenge one’s current thinking.


2. Using Twitter to be an idea connector.  Have a strategy for sharing Twitter content with appropriate internal stakeholders. Be a listener, curator and alerter.


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Why Hierarchal Management Survives - Institutional Filter Failure

Why Hierarchal Management Survives - Institutional Filter Failure | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Responsive Organisations will be those that develop the approaches and practices to best use information in new ways to achieve the purposes of the organisation and realise the potential of its people. That’s called learning.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

A fine piece written by Simon Terry. We need an antidote to endless meetings, email overload, non-agile management practices, bad decision making, lacking innovation and poor execution. 


Simon makes a strong case for personal and organisational knowledge mastery practices in this blog post. 


You should follow Simon on Twitter here.


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Oana Juncu's curator insight, May 11, 2015 5:48 AM
There is only one guideline : "You don't know, you learn"
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Facebook published a big new study on the filter bubble. Here’s what it says.

Facebook published a big new study on the filter bubble. Here’s what it says. | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Exposure to news, opinion and civic information increasingly occurs through social media. How do these online networks influence exposure to perspectives that cut across ideological lines?


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For years, political scientists and other social theorists have fretted about the Internet’s potential to flatten and polarize democratic discourse. Because so much information now comes through digital engines shaped by our own preferences — Facebook, Google and others suggest content based on what consumers previously enjoyed — scholars have theorized that people are building an online echo chamber of their own views.


But in a new peer-reviewed study published in the journal Science, data scientists at Facebook report that the echo chamber is not as insular as many might fear — at least not on the social network. While independent researchers said the study was important for its scope and size, they noted several significant limitations.


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Big Thinkers: Alvin Toffler

This episode features Alvin Toffler. He is an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing the digital revolution, communications revolution, corporate revolution and technological singularity.


A former associate editor of Fortune magazine, his early work focused on technology and its impact (through effects like information overload). Then he moved to examining the reaction of and changes in society.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Alvin Toffler coined the term “information overload,” and painted a picture of people who were isolated and depressed, cut off from human intimacy by a relentless fire hose of messages and data barraging us relentlessly.


The future he was looking at in 1970 is now. And yes, we live in an era of data fire hoses and sometimes we all feel either overwhelmed or trapped. Technology is far more ubiquitous than Toffler could possibly have imagined.


But we are not isolated by it.  The same technologies  used to hurl messages at us simultaneously provide us with tools to filter out what we don’t want to see and make sense of things.


This is a highly relevant video to watch for anyone interested in personal knowledge mastery. 


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Learning, Development and Personal Growth

Alessandra Ginante argues that companies must do more to meet the personal needs and ambitions of their managers if they expect them to perform effectively.


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The differentiating power of talent in business has never been so evident as a true source of sustainable competitive advantage. We now live in a time where the business tangibles such as products, factories and cash are quickly copied or readily available and business intangibles such as company culture, knowledge, reputation, brand, core competencies – strong drivers of economic value creation – are held mainly by people.


Given these circumstances, it is reasonable that companies that are able to nurture an environment where people can be self-actualised by gaining new talents while pursuing results meaningful to employees will more likely enjoy longer-lasting success.


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Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Adviser ★ Learning Designer ★ Neo-Generalist

Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. We help visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organisational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.