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Early wishes : Bonne Année / Feliz Ano Nuevo / Happy New Year !

Early wishes : Bonne Année / Feliz Ano Nuevo / Happy New Year ! | Positive futures | Scoop.it
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Blwyddyn Newydd  Dda from Wales - have a wonderful 2013 everyone!

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Blwyddyn Newydd  Dda from Wales - have a wonderful 2013 everyone!

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Blwyddyn Newydd  Dda from Wales - have a wonderful 2013 everyone!

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Blwyddyn Newydd  Dda from Wales - have a wonderful 2013 everyone!

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Anderson Cooper puts down the mobile devices to meditate and report on what it’s like to try to achieve “mindfulness,” a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today’s world of digital distractions.

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The Future of Work is Already Here!

The Future of Work is Already Here! | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The future of work is already here — that is one thing I've realized with great certainty. Whether we meet this form effectively, and with grace, is unfolding as we speak. We'll all play our role to meet that future — whether we are CEOs, recruiters, mentors or managers.

Steven Denning aptly borrowed a quote from Churchill that describes where organizations are at this very moment: It is "the end of the beginning".

Connectivity has changed our view of work and workplaces, thanks to the lightning speed of information sharing and an increasing level of transparency that none of us anticipated. In terms of talent and organizations — this brings us to the edge of a great canyon, looking beyond. Whether we traverse the topography with ease, or with great stress, depends on our commitment to that new world of work. Work environments need to evolve with the times (now multi-generational), and organizations must keep pace.
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Time for a new psychological contract?

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How Much Practice is Too Much?

How Much Practice is Too Much? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Decades of research have shown that superior performance requires practicing beyond the point of mastery. The perfect execution of a piano sonata or a tennis serve doesn’t mark the end of practice; it signals that the crucial part of the session is just getting underway.

New evidence of why this is so was provided by a study published in the Journal of Neuroscienceearlier this month. Assistant professor Alaa Ahmed and two of her colleagues in the integrative physiology department at the University of Colorado-Boulder asked study subjects to move a cursor on a screen by manipulating a robotic arm. As they did so, the researchers measured the participants’ energy expenditure by analyzing how much oxygen they inhaled and how much carbon dioxide they breathed out. When the subjects first tackled the exercise, they used up a lot of metabolic power, but this decreased as their skill improved. By the end of the learning process, the amount of effort they expended to carry out the task had declined about 20 percent from when they started.


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Keep on practicing, even after it seems the task has been learned. ~ Neuroscience study.

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Sharrock's curator insight, December 16, 6:35 PM
This has been the argument for practicing technical skills as one becomes an artist.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 16, 9:44 PM

Once we think we have mastered something, the enjoyment of practice and performing continues to help develop the skill.

 

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The Neuroscience of Altruism

The Neuroscience of Altruism | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Humans’ propensity for altruism can be used for good, or it can be used for evil. The road to genocide can be paved with mirror neurons!


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In The Altruistic Brain, neurobiologist Donald Pfaff makes the case that humans are hard-wired for good. Not sure I agree, nor does the writer.

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The #1 Belief Destroying Your Career

The #1 Belief Destroying Your Career | Positive futures | Scoop.it
“It’s someone else’s fault,” draws a line in the sand and creates a me vs. you scenario. We’re on a team here. You should not position the world around you or worse your teammates at work against you.
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If you think or say “It’s not my fault,” you are hurting yourself and setting up win:lose situations. ` Brian de Haaff

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20 reminders to experience life as a process

20 reminders to experience life as a process | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"1. I'm imperfect, like everyone else, and that's OK. My self worth is not dependent on an accomplishment, number, or status.

2. Life is filled with sadness, pain, illness, death, and loss. These are universal human experiences.

3. Pain is out of my control. Self-compassion is in my control.

4. I am constantly changing; my world is constantly changing; everything I experience (physical, mental, and emotional) will come and go.

5. Being perfect is not what connects people. Vulnerability brings us closer together.

6. If I knew I only had a week to live, I should ask, "what would be important?"

7. There are no "bad" feelings; however, there are unhelpful reactions to difficult feelings. Experiencing uncomfortable feelings doesn't make something wrong with me, it makes me human.

8. Playing is not irresponsible; in fact it's the opposite. Fun is necessary for happiness.

9. The longest relationship I'll have in my life is the one with myself. Other people will come and go, but I'll be with myself from birth until death. The sooner I decide to start being kind to myself, the longer I have to live life supporting rather than undermining myself.

10. Whatever it is that I'm going through, chances are there are thousands of others going through a similar experience. We're all in this together.

11. To ask for help is not a sign of weakness; on the contrary, it's actually a sign of strength and courage

12. What's the worst that can happen? Consider that question. Then ask: "What do I need to survive that?"

13. Things come together and fall apart, and come together and fall apart again. This is what life is.

14. There are no objective truths. How I perceive myself and my world is flexible and can change.

15. Acceptance is not about liking, wanting, or condoning. Acceptance can liberate us.

16. Humans are resilient beings. I am programmed to heal.

17. We have the ability to find meaning in our suffering. Sometimes it just takes creativity.

18. What serves another person might not serve me, and vice versa.

19. Realistic expectations mitigate unnecessary pain, disappointment, and frustration, and my energy changes from moment to moment. I put 80% in everything I do, sometimes more and sometimes less.

20. I don't have to "reach my potential" but I will do my best not to sleepwalk through my life."



[By Megan Bruneau on MindBodyGreen. Original title: "Affirmations Don't Work for Me. Here Are 20 Reminders That Do". Click on the title to access the full article.] 


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The Mantle Of Leadership Is Passing To Millennials

The Mantle Of Leadership Is Passing To Millennials | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Previous generations have failed to get Millennials ready to lead. Those generations need to help Millennials develop the leadership skills they will need for the new world, not the current one. According to Deloitte, 64% of current Millennial leaders surveyed “felt unprepared when entering their leadership role.”

Vituali’s own research corroborates this point. Over 60% of respondents said they received 10 hours or less of leadership development in the past year, and a majority of those that did receive training indicated that it was not the right type.

The key is experiential learning.
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“Millennials are a tough audience, accustomed to curating their own content & accessing on-demand resources. Info must be relevant to them – right now.” - Virtuali CEO

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Tips to handle exams stress

Tips to handle exams stress | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Tis the season for tests! High school students are getting ready for mid term exams and college students are preparing for finals. Just the word test turns our holiday season smiles to frowns. How do you prepare? How do deal with test anxiety?
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Millennials Experiences Over Anything [study]

Millennials Experiences Over Anything [study] | Positive futures | Scoop.it

According to The Drum, they will account for 75% of the UK workforce in a decade. And with it a huge amount of the consumer spending in the UK. So what do millennials want? For many companies in the UK, it’s quite literally the billion-pound question.


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Study shows millennials turning from materialism & trad measures of success to focus income on experiences. 

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, December 11, 11:10 AM

Great and timely Scoop from [url=/u/2239172 x-already-notified=1]oconnorandkelly[/url] (thanks guys). Ties beautifully to post we just wrote about car dealer & startup web marketing (Scooped here: http://sco.lt/90NmSX ).

Both of these great curators will be featured in our new "Curators of the Month" spotlight on http://www.Curagami.com. #toogood #thanks

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 11, 2:25 PM

The research makes interesting points. What does it mean for teaching and learningÉ

 

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A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success

A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure - and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Good TED talk that questions basic assumptions about win or lose.

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The Science Behind Failure: How It Actually Makes You Smarter

The Science Behind Failure: How It Actually Makes You Smarter | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Manu Kapur, researcher at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, conducted an experiment in which groups of students were taught to solve new math problems using two different methods. The first group was taught the traditional way: the teacher introduced the concept, showed students how to solve a problem, and then allowed them to practice. The second group was given the problems to solve on their own first with no introduction or demonstration of how to solve the problems until after they’d made several attempts to work it out on their own.

The results were striking: Both groups of students ultimately learned how to solve the problems. But the second group, who were given a chance to try on their own first, showed a “significantly greater conceptual understanding” of the subject and were able to transfer what they’d learned to novel problems better than the first group. It’s important to note that the students almost never figured out the solution on their own. But the act of trying and failing led to a deeper understanding of the topic.
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Science says - if you want to learn faster, get out there ad fail!  Makes sense to me!

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Our Newest Unit of Measure – 1 Human Intelligence Unit – and why it will Never Happen

Our Newest Unit of Measure – 1 Human Intelligence Unit – and why it will Never Happen | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I’ve been closely watching the debate on artificial intelligence with people like Rodney Brooks saying it’s only a tool, and others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking giving bone chilling warnings of how it could lead to the destruction of all humanity.
As I was pondering these differing points of view, it occurred to me that we currently don’t have any real way of measuring the potency of AI. How will we ever know there is a real threat of danger if we have no way of measuring it?
For this reason, I’d like to propose the creation of a standard for measuring AI based on “1 Human Intelligence Unit.”

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'There’s something oddly perfect about being imperfect.' ` Thomas Frey, futurist.

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In the Future, Companies Will Survive Only if They Help Solve Big Social Problems

In the Future, Companies Will Survive Only if They Help Solve Big Social Problems | Positive futures | Scoop.it

New research we conducted with Microsoft, Nestlé, Pfizer and Telus International reveals that announcements like this one may not be that unusual in 2025. “An intersection is coming where society will expect corporations to fill the void in the face of government cuts, and, likewise, corporations will expect their societal influence to increase as their social capital becomes the force of change in communities, countries and even entire global industries,” said Jeffrey Puritt, president of TELUS International.

We predict that 2015 will mark the beginning of a long-term transition of the role and purpose of the world’s largest public companies and the value chains they control. This shift will start with an acknowledgment that despite years of implementing initiatives designed to make the companies more “responsible,” real progress on climate change and other global issues has remained incremental. The new imperative for business leaders will be to embrace the idea that the viability of their businesses depends on solving the world’s most pressing societal issues.

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There is hope for the future but we need to richest orgs  to come to the party. Evidence suggests they might! HT Nadine Hack.

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Live your values and speak out: Anthony Seldon

Live your values and speak out: Anthony Seldon | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The education system is failing to bring out the latent talents in all our young people, says Sir Anthony Seldon, master at Wellington College. But what can you, as a business leader, do to help? Exemplify good character traits and lobby government on how it measures schools’ success, he urges.

According to Seldon, the government lacks trust in schools, pinning them down to one metric only – exam success. Although he acknowledges that exams are probably a necessary ingredient, he argues that they are not a sufficient condition for a good education.

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'Education means ‘drawing out’ – yet most schools don’t draw people out in a process that should continue for life. Instead, schools narrow people down to a finishing point that is GCSE or A-level grades." ~ Sir Anthony Seldon

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Infographic: 15 digital trends for 2015 | The Wall Blog

Infographic: 15 digital trends for 2015 | The Wall Blog | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Research by digital consultancy Bell Pottinger Digital has revealed the 15 top digital trends that are set to change the way brands communicate in 2

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aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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20 Google Tools for Every Student's Digital Toolkit

20 Google Tools for Every Student's Digital Toolkit | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Here are 20 Google tools that every 21st-century digital learning teacher should share with students.

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The Future Of Education: 10 Trends To Watch

The Future Of Education: 10 Trends To Watch | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It is that time of the year when we tend to pause and reflect. What have we achieved this year? What are the highlights of culture, business, technology, and trends that we have observed around us?

For me, the most exciting and positive movement at present is in the domain of technology impacting education. And it is an impact that is coming from many different directions.

Let’s explore them in further detail.
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Good Career Advice!

Good Career Advice! | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Every day we are faced with choices in our careers that will affect us over the long term. Should I volunteer for that new project? Should I ask for a raise? Should I take a sabbatical? Should I say yes to overtime?

But sometimes we miss the biggest choices that will cause us to look back on our careers 20 years from now with pride and contentment — or regret.

Here are some of the career choices we often make but will regret deeply in 20 years’ time:
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Wise career and life advice from Bernard Marr!

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Getting to the heart of Mindfulness

A recent article in the Spectator, based on attending a 1-day mindfulness course, said that mindfulness is just an excuse for inaction. This is a perfect example of missing the point. One of the beauties of mindfulness is the ability it gives you to be able to see clearly around daily situations and the decisions we need to make – noticing all of the information available and connecting objectively to how we feel and think about it. Far from creating inaction, this allows us to take action and make decisions from a more balanced, aware and holistic perspective – a skill that is fundamental to strong leadership.

However, this still misses the point. At the heart of mindfulness is the desire to be connected to yourself – your thoughts, your emotions, and what drives you at your core. It is the ability to really connect to what is happening around you and the people you meet. It’s the skill to be a truly self-aware and conscious leader. It’s the desire to wake up, stop sleep running through your life, and to really appreciate what is in front and within you.
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In praise and defence of mindfulness...

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How To Win The Impulse War Inside Your Brain

How To Win The Impulse War Inside Your Brain | Positive futures | Scoop.it
THERE'S SCIENCE BEHIND TRUSTING YOUR GUT
Recent research has proven that going after hunches is actually an important aspect of decision-making. Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio found that emotion is just as important as reason when it comes to decision-making. Damasio examined how people with damage to their prefrontal cortex—specifically the orbitofrontal cortex, a small region just behind the eyes that's linked to emotions and our understanding of reward and punishment—are affected in their ability to make decisions.

He found that people with damaged orbitofrontal cortexes struggled significantly when making the simplest decisions. That's because they weren't able to use their gut feeling for guidance.
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Our cognitive abilities need support to help steer us toward better decision-making.   Good article.

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Is an Office Without Chairs in your Future?

Is an Office Without Chairs in your Future? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
with more people pushing their chairs aside, is it just a matter of time before we have offices with no chairs at all?

A design firm in the Netherlands is envisioning this future right now. In response to a call for designs for shared office spaces, the Dutch firm RAAAF created a plan for an office without chairs. Instead of chairs and desks, a variety of different shaped structures are spaced throughout the office. These are intended to encourage movement and a variety of postures - lounging, leaning, perching, and of course standing.

It's easy to poke holes in this design and write it off as being too far fetched. WIRED called it "The Weirdest Proposal Yet for the 'Office of the Future.'" Yet, someone probably said the same thing about treadmill desks not that long ago. Offices will never be completely chair free, but more will think about alternatives to chairs besides just standing desks, treadmill desks, and yoga balls.
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Furniture that encourages movement could be the way of the future office.

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From volunteering to vocation: How Starbucks is helping young people become employable

From volunteering to vocation: How Starbucks is helping young people become employable | Positive futures | Scoop.it
To be yourself at work and have the confidence to do so is an ambition that Lisa Robbins, UK HR director at Starbucks, wants all the coffee giant’s employees to embody. As part of its agenda to drive a spirit of inclusivity, the organisation refers to staff members as “partners”, while recruiting for attitude and training for skill are at the top of its agenda.
Having been in the role for just over a year, part of Robbins’ mission is to help Starbucks become the coffee industry’s employer of choice, a goal that she admits is ambitious. Steps so far have included plugging the future talent pipeline with service driven talent, changing the “last resort” perception of careers in retail, and becoming actively involved in community schemes to enhance the employability of young people.
“We [businesses] need to work harder on raising awareness about the careers available within our sectors and the different pathways into work,” she says.
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“The impact in Starbucks is amazing. Helping young people get into these jobs and seeing them progress is incredibly rewarding.” Lisa Robbins, Starbucks

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Why the Four “P’s” of Marketing are Dead

Why the Four “P’s” of Marketing are Dead | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Rather than promotion, companies should collaborate with customers and seek to build relationship capital. For the first time, a company can forge two-way, interactive, personalized relationships with all its customers on a mass scale.

Add in the new concept of the Brand and you’ve got a new mantra for marketing.

Out with the Four P’s and in with the ABCDE’s of marketing. Anyplace, the new Brand, Collaboration, Discovery of Price and the new customer Experiences!
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A perceptive plea by Don Tapscott to focus marketing around #RelationshipCapital. Must have been listening to @StandardOfTrust!

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5 Steps for Choosing Confidence

5 Steps for Choosing Confidence | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Confidence typically comes with age and experience…and is gained not given.  However, as you gradually grow older and live through more challenging experiences and circumstances there are a few things you can keep in mind to better develop your confidence before you need it.
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Positive psychology make for more confident people!

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10 Lessons That Will Help You Excel In Your 30s

10 Lessons That Will Help You Excel In Your 30s | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A couple weeks ago I turned 30. Leading up to my birthday, I wrote a post on what I learned in my 20s.

But I did something else. I sent an email out to my subscribers (subscribe here) and asked readers age 37 and older what advice they would give their 30-year-old selves.

The idea was that I would crowdsource the life experience from my older readership and create another article based on their collective wisdom.

The result was spectacular. I received more than 600 responses, many of which were over a page long. It took me three days to read through them all, and I was floored by the quality of insight people sent.
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I like number 8, but they are all good pieces of advice!

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