Recent studies show that before we’re 17 we’re told “we can’t” 150,000 times. We’re told “we can” only 5,000 times. That’s 30:1 programming in favor of the negative. That explains why we limit our lives, our beliefs about ourselves, our goals and our human race. We weren’t born to have the fear and limitations we carry with us. We were born to believe in our potential.
David Hain's insight:
"What would you do, what could you do if you knew you were limitless?" ~ @RebelBrown
When I choose someone new to follow, when I compose a new tweet, when I share and favorite an update, I seldom think about the why. My following sessions would probably seem haphazard to an outsider, and my favoriting technique comes and goes from one strategy to another.
Even so, the way I use Twitter is far less random than I thought. There is science and psychology behind the way we all tweet.
Researchers have discovered trends in the way that we perform every major action on Twitter—favoriting, updating, sharing, and following. And there's even an interesting bit of psychology behind what makes Twitter so attractive in the first place.
Here's a look at the psychology of Twitter: what makes us follow, favorite, share and keep coming back for more....
The news media regularly reports on yet another famous individual caught out in inappropriate, injudicious behavior. This includes leaders in industry and government as well as ‘stars’ in entertainment and sports. These individuals, despite their brilliance, talent, wealth and power, are shown to have feet of clay. This metaphor is from the Book of Daniel, written over 2000 years ago. Clearly we’ve known about our self-destructive capacity for a very long time. These dramatic instances of poor behaviour are both fodder for tabloids and for great enduring literature. Today we ascribe this self-defeating behaviour as a lack of social and emotional intelligence.
EQ, also known as Emotional Intelligence, has four broad dimensions – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. It’s a natural complement to Cognitive Intelligence, or IQ (Intellectual Quotient). Like IQ, EQ is also needed at all life stages. EQ has four broad dimensions – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.
Our collective “EQ Gap” plays out in our own lives at school, work, and the community. While it usually doesn’t become a news story, the consequences are just as dramatic and destructive….
A neutral no is steady, uninflected, and clear. It is mostly notable for what it is not: harsh, combative, apologetic, reluctant, or overly nice.
Saying no neutrally doesn’t necessarily come naturally. To get better at it, practice ahead of time with someone who will push back. Eventually, it’ll become easier to say yes to saying no – without destroying important relationships.
In a recent keynote, Anabel Jensen, Six Seconds’ President, asked participants to imagine Rip Van Winkle — what if he fell asleep in 1914 and awakened in 2014. The world would seem dramatically different… until he walked into a classroom. There he’d most likely see children sitting quietly in rows, directed by the teacher, preparing for a test. In today’s world, is that still the right model?
In the face of critical and complex challenges, we believe that children and young people need to better develop creativity, imaginative problem-solving, teamwork, empathy, and inspiration so they can step into leadership roles in pursuit of purpose. Here’s an amazing project to fuel this kind of joyful+powerful learning: The LEGO/Ashoka Play2Learn challenge.
David Hain's insight:
Imagination and play are central to innovation, #play to learn, via @eqjosh.
It is simple yet profound and the best marketing advice I have received in years
Ultimately people will buy from who they know, who they trust. That isn’t going to come from the best backlinks or the most optimized content. I think the most human content and the most human companies will win in this competitive world.
David Hain's insight:
"Will the most human companies win? Will the most human blogs win? Will the most human humans win? I think so. I think that is really the killer app for an era of Content Shock. " ~ Mark Schaefer
Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.
We are in the midst of a complex, rapidly changing and uncertain landscape where we must consider how society, the economy, and the environment will collide in unexpected ways to shape the future.
Ultimately, the future will differ greatly from today with shifts in society, advancements in technology, and the creation of new forms of government. The one thing that will remain the same is the central role of people in defining the landscape of the future. Whether it is through enabling exploration through a mindset of abundance, enhancing robotics for interpersonal relationships, or connecting virtual and physical worlds for better sense making, any useful vision of the future must be human centric.
Some may bristle at this statement. Isn’t that what emotional intelligence is all about? True, one of the bedrock emotional competencies is emotional self-management, but it’s important to make the distinction between management and control. You can, however, learn to be with your emotions, living in more peaceful co-existence with them. You can learn to be less reactive to emotions (mentally and behavioral). You can learn to transmute your emotions by releasing them. And most important, you can learn to extract the value of the message your emotions send you, if you practice becoming more mindful of them.
David Hain's insight:
“Emotions like grief, fear and despair are as much a part of the human condition as love, awe and joy. Each of these emotions is purposeful and useful-if we know how to listen to them.” Miriam Greenspan , via @intentionalcomm
SHIFT PARADIGM | by Mark E. Weston The system of schooling to which I have dedicated my life seems incapable of educating all students to high levels of learning
Taking those lessons to heart, I hereby declare myself an education rebel who will no longer work to save the educational system for which I’ve long toiled.
Further, I vow to work to create, nurture, and give voice to an educational alternative that employs proven educational practices—real and individualized differentiated instruction, real and serious engagement of parents, ubiquitous access to information for all, and consistent and relevant feedback about performance—that will produce aptitude-defying-levels of learning among all students. I will work for new paradigm schools and technological tools.
I make this declaration knowing full well that being a rebel will be lots of work because lots of vested interests will work just as hard to maintain the dysfunctional status quo.
Join me in this space for regular updates about the education revolution. Your comments, suggestions, feedback and constructive criticism are welcome!
Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a world expert on hiring, did a study of C-level leaders who were fired. The conclusion: they were hired for their intelligence and business expertise, but fired for weakness in emotional intelligence – usually the social variety.
When I looked at competence studies done by companies to identify the skill sets of their outstanding performers – what sets top leaders apart from average – the vast majority fell in the emotional intelligence category.
Learning to lead: Lloyds' Sarah Hardman on ditching managing for leading #NxtGen, Marketing reveals its list of 10 Nxt Gen marketers. Here, Lloyd's Baking Group's Sarah Hardman and her mentor discuss how she is scrapping management and learning to lead. | Marketing Magazine
MIT professor Thomas Malone riffs on the future of the workplace. It’s an interesting take. Here are a few highlights:
We’ll see an increase in human freedom in organizations, changing the way businesses are run. This is fueled, impart, by new technologies. With new technologies driving down the cost of communications, decision making will become more decentralized due to the ease and access to large amounts of information Newer organizational structures will emerge