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George Siemens: Changing Schools, Changing Knowledge

While more and more knowledge is available to us, the amount of time for us to pay attention to it remains the same. What kind of knowledge will be needed in...

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:54 PM

How true is this?

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 5, 2013 5:31 AM

Very nice sharing. Thanks

BeaBesango's curator insight, February 19, 3:16 PM

Una entrevista muy interesante.

Really worth to watch it!

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A Future Built by Millennial CEO’s #socialmedia

A Future Built by Millennial CEO’s #socialmedia | Positive futures | Scoop.it
 
It’s like the Beatles arriving in America all over again.
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Personal Meaning Impacts Male Suicide

Personal Meaning Impacts Male Suicide | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Personal meaning, suicide, and redefining success

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Ignore the reference to suicide, this article distils some really positive principles for fulfilment.

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Anners Abild's curator insight, October 18, 2013 3:42 PM

Replacing the strive for success with the search for meaning may save lifes and motivate....a psychological argument for creating meaningful work instead of just successful business

 

 

Exert from the article by Michael J Formica

 

Both self-recognition and redefinition restore our dignity and open our eyes to a broader worldview that is no longer the stagnant vision of the ego-self, but the evolutionary vision that feeds our deeper understanding of ourselves, the world, and our role in it.

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Is Depression Therapy By Phone Effective?

Is Depression Therapy By Phone Effective? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"It seems that people are more likely to complete depression therapy by phone rather than in person. It’s considered as an effective strategy for overcoming some barriers in seeking depression therapy..."

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If it works, why not?

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Stop Sleepwalking through Life

Stop Sleepwalking through Life | Positive futures | Scoop.it
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How mindfulness can stop you from sleepwalking through life
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Second, what's your posture: sitting, lying or standing? Third, where are you and what's going on around you?

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Mindfulness is the key to so many positives, not just the fkavour of the month!

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:38 PM

Mindfulness.  A new, hot topic in the West only starting to become more mainstream within the last ten years.  But what -- exactly -- is mindfulness and what do you have to do to achieve it?

 

Padraig O'Morain says it's time to wake up; and he believes mindfulness is the key.  As a teacher to many people, including doctors, nurses, rescue workers, HR managers, teachers and students, the practice of mindfulness can help to lower stress and give you a sense of well-being. 

 

"Essentially, mindfulness involves returning your attention again and again to whatever is going on right now – whether that's just breathing, walking, listening to another person or eating."  It's about noticing feelings -- suspending judgement and not engaging with them -- but instead returning your attention to whatever else is going on for you. 

 

"Acceptance is also a big part of mindfulness."  You have a bad day at the office.  Instead of rehashing it over and over again; you accept it as it is.  You become a witness to what is happening and how you feel about it -- not trying to change anything -- just observing -- noticing. 

 

With continued practice, you will have less anxiety; an increased sense of happiness; and ultimately cease your sleepwalk through life.

 

 

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the voice and the mind........heal yourself through singing!

the voice and the mind........heal yourself through singing! | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Hello lovely people. So todays story is from the most lovely Elaine. Its super inspiring because Elaine suffered with depression and found that singing in her local SUPERCHOIR transformed how she feels about herself.

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I'm proud to know Elaine, and even prouder of what she has achieved, with the help of Sing and Inspire!

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Who Is Right About Happiness?

Who Is Right About Happiness? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It's amazing how many people don't value their happiness enough to pay attention to it. Once you do, you will discover for yourself if lifelong happiness is feasible or not. It won't be a matter of theory or delayed gratification.
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As Deepak Chopra says, it's amazing how many people don't value their happiness is feasible or not...

 

Part of a series in HuffPost.

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How to Reduce, prevent, and Cope with Stress

How to Reduce, prevent, and Cope with Stress | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun - plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.

 

http://www.headsup.ie/managestress.php


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A critical life and business capability - we need any help we can get...

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Adam Grant: The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

If you want to achieve a major goal, conventional wisdom says to think positive. Picture yourself delivering the perfect presentation, and absorb the energy of the audience.
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The Right to Education

The Right to Education | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Having spent a decade and a half in the education sector, I couldn't resist from taking this opportunity on Blog Action Day to highlight the issue of The Right to Education. Education is the fundam...
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#BAD13 - from the article:


The recent incident of Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by Taliban for speaking about the importance of education for girls, is one that highlights an important issue: Terrorists, Militants and the likes, all flourish on the lack of education and can be uprooted by strengthening our children through education. Why were a group of militants worried by Malala’s speech on education for girls? It was purely because women who are a section of the society who are suppressed and oppressed will be strengthened and will become independent and powerful, which increases threat to such criminals who work merely on the fear factor that they create among the people.'

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Come on everyone, let’s walk the talk, start embodying Human Rights @BlogActionDay12 We’re all one | Life Coaching With Ang

Come on everyone, let’s walk the talk, start embodying Human Rights @BlogActionDay12 We’re all one | Life Coaching With Ang | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In fact, this is my challenge to you today:

Read and reflect on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the universal values of: Truth, Gentleness; Patience; Purity; Humility; and Love…

 

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A passionate call to action on Human Rights from Angie Goodeve on @BlogActionDay.

 

If you want a positive future for the world, you should condider reading this and passing it on.

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You can increase your intelligence: 5 ways to maximize your cognitive potential

You can increase your intelligence: 5 ways to maximize your cognitive potential | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts." —Albert Einstein


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Well argued and practical article cahllenging conventional wisdom that we're stuck with what we have...

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Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form “Relationships” with Our Gadgets: Scientific American

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form “Relationships” with Our Gadgets: Scientific American | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Company cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell tells us to get ready to take our fondness for smartphones, tablets and other devices to the next level

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Fred Zimny's curator insight, October 14, 2013 11:55 PM

It will be pseudo-relationships but still.

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i4cp Study: Leaders Are Defined by Influence, Not Role

i4cp Study: Leaders Are Defined by Influence, Not Role | Positive futures | Scoop.it
70% of organizations considered effective at global leadership development define leaders by the role they play, rather than their job title

 

The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), a research organization that focuses on the people practices that drive market performance, has released a new report outlining four emerging practices for global leadership development.
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A New Map of How We Think: Top Brain/Bottom Brain - Wall Street Journal

A New Map of How We Think: Top Brain/Bottom Brain - Wall Street Journal | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A New Map of How We Think: Top Brain/Bottom Brain
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Our theory has emerged from the field of neuropsychology, the study of higher cognitive functioning—thoughts, wishes, hopes, desires and all other aspects of mental life.
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Why are humans so generous? The brain science of giving

Why are humans so generous? The brain science of giving | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Contrary to conventional wisdom that humans are essentially selfish, scientists are finding that the brain is built for generosity.

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The Future of Work

In today’s knowledge-based, global economy, leveraging internal and external talent has never been more important. Read on to see the future of the open talent


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Nice deck on why we need to collaborate and network, withaccess inside to an excellent report by Bersin for Deloitte.

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MarionBx's curator insight, October 15, 2013 3:04 PM

L'infographie N°1 sur le futur du travail #nwow

Nicolas Caresmel's curator insight, December 28, 2013 9:42 AM

Intéressante infographie sur l'évolution du cadre de travail, l'arrivée de nouveaux artéfacts.

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Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014

Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014 | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Gartner just concluded its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 in Orlando, gathering tens of thousands of IT executives. Among the most anticipated aspects of the gathering are the ruminations from the Gartner pontificators regarding IT trends.

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Shift into success

Shift into success | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You are 21 days away from experiencing success.
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21 days, 2 minutes per day - that's 42 minutes to changing your attitude.  What 3 good things happened to you tday?

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Between Venus and Mars - 7 Traits of True Leaders

Between Venus and Mars - 7 Traits of True Leaders | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Control is a mirage. The most effective leaders right now--men and women--are those who embrace traits once considered feminine: Empathy. Vulnerability. Humility. Inclusiveness. Generosity. Balance. Patience.
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I was forwarded this thought provoking article by a member of the Conscious Capitalism movement.  I have joined up!  You can too at http://www.consciouscapitalism.org

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John Michel's curator insight, October 18, 2013 6:57 AM

Control is a mirage. The most effective leaders right now--men and women--are those who embrace traits once considered feminine: Empathy. Vulnerability. Humility. Inclusiveness. Generosity. Balance. Patience.

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How to Become a Future Leader

How to Become a Future Leader | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Smart companies will be constantly looking for and evaluating potential leaders in hopes that they can fill senior level positions.


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donhornsby's curator insight, October 16, 2013 10:31 AM

(From the article): If all you do is what’s listed in your job description, you can’t get ahead at work. You must always push yourself outside of your normal job activities to take on additional responsibilities. 58% of managers are either very willing or extremely willing to support an employee who wants to capitalize on a new business opportunity at work. By taking on additional projects, you will further your next, develop your skills and be better positioned for leadership opportunities.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 16, 2013 12:40 PM

We need the soft skills in our workplaces and we need leadership that addresses the humanness of employees.

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134. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

134. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Today, October 16, is Blog Action Day, where thousands of different bloggers from all over the world post about the same theme. This year's theme is HUMAN RIGHTS. After surfing the net trying to ge...
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Great poster as a contribution to #BAD13 from zenpencils.com!  Put it above your desk!

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Making a difference, one conversation at a time #BAD13

Making a difference, one conversation at a time #BAD13 | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Today, in blogs big and small around the world, people are talking about human rights. It's a topic of universal interest yet often it's one of universal fatigue, too. You get fed up hearing about ...
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One of several blogs I intend to feature here today in supprt of #BAD13 - Blog Action Day, this year's them Human Rights.

 

Join the swell and make the futuremore positive!

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What Good Managers Do: Management Priorities for the 21st Century

What Good Managers Do: Management Priorities for the 21st Century | Positive futures | Scoop.it

To manage organisations in the twenty-first century is to manage people as the center of any activity in the firm.


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donhornsby's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:15 AM

(From the article): “What is good management? What is a good manager? One could try to find an answer in literature, just to realise that there is no clear answer….We decided to ask managers directly.”

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, November 15, 2013 3:12 AM

Nice synthesis in EBR on 21st Century Management Practices and What Good Managers Do. 

 

1. Creating and communicating a future
2. Constant adapting the business model
3. Putting people as the center of the organisation
4. Integrating with an institutional strategy

 

"Managing these elements is a fundamental task for top management in any organisation. They may do it with different styles, in different forms, with different emphasis… but all do it."

Gary Johnsen's curator insight, January 3, 2:34 PM

1. Create a future and communicate it. All the managers shared with us his/her worries about the future. Mr. Jaime Aguilera, President of Unilever in Spain, clearly summarised the role of a General Manager as ‘leaving the company is a better position to face the future than the initial one’. This role can be trivialised but it is extremely important. It means an exercise in the anticipation of changes, in sensing opportunities, in creating new spaces for competition… If the top manager is not thinking about the future, who in the company is doing it?

Future plans are reflected in a clear strategy that can be communicated and that helps in mobilising the whole organisation. Peter Betzel, now at IKEA Germany, explained that any good strategy should have a long-term vision but clear short-term objectives. Laura González-Molero from Merck explained that strategy should focus the organisation on a common goal but be flexible to contingencies in the way to reach it. Enrique Martinez from FNAC reminded us that clear goals are needed to better assign resources even in good times.

2. Constant adaptation of the business model.

Our protagonists talk about constant adaptation, continual change, renewal, noting that nothing lasts forever anymore. A Company such as Ficosa International, a component supplier to the auto industry, had to totally re-invent itself when it realised the industry was rapidly globalising. Even a company such as IKEA, an innovative business model, has been changing and adapting as its size and geographical imprint has been changing.

 

“To manage organisations in the twenty-first century is to manage people as the center of any activity in the firm.”

3. People as the center of the organisation. Many corporate cultures highlight people, human capital, and/or knowledge as the key resources and advantages in organisations. But the managers in our sample have a clear commitment to people in terms of the time they involve and the effort they exert in this area. They are thinking ahead of the capabilities they will need to reach the future they dream about, and they develop talent as needed in their organisations.

 

 

4. Integrate with an institutional strategy. Essentially this is providing meaning to any task in a firm. While the other three priority task are quite expected, they emerge in other studies, perhaps with other wording, subdivided in different ways, but essentially are constant in most studies. However in our work a fundamentally different task emerged that integrates everything in the organisation and it is a unique and exclusive priority for the top management of a company. We have called it institutional strategy.

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Deciding When It's Okay to Lie

Deciding When It's Okay to Lie | Positive futures | Scoop.it

One of the age-old problems in ethics is whether and when it is permissible to lie. While most of us might agree in principle that truth and transparency are critical ethical principles and that lying and deception are intrinsically wrong, we don’t always agree on how to apply this to everyday life. Is truth always required? And if not, just when is it okay to lie?


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Facsinating quick survey - where's your ethical red line?

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