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How Soft Skills, Passion and Connection Can Promote Learning, Competence and Employability

How Soft Skills, Passion and Connection Can Promote Learning, Competence and Employability | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Schools traditionally place the majority of value on the academic skills students acquire in school.

Via Nancy Jones, Lynnette Van Dyke
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more on bedside manner or compassion promoting education and learning.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, October 24, 2013 12:56 PM

A very interesting perspective on what we teach and do not teach in the classroom in terms of promoting competence. It is much more than merely academics.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, October 24, 2013 12:57 PM

A very interesting perspective on what we teach and do not teach in the classroom in terms of promoting competence. It is much more than merely academics.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:27 PM

We need compassion to go with the passion.

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“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource - GeekDad (blog)

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“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource GeekDad (blog) As GeekDads we are probably more aware than others of the increasing interest from parents, schools and businesses of teaching kids to code.
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Solution Saturday: Feeling Unrecognized

Solution Saturday: Feeling Unrecognized | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
This note arrived this morning. “I have achieved a lot over the years. Why hasn't anyone recognized me?” Lack of recognition and appreciation runs rampant in many organizations.
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excerpt "5 ways to gain recognition: "Serve for the joy of serving. Don’t worry about recognition. "Meet a pressing need. Day-to-day work is often unrecognized. "Serve in ways that matter to others.  "Recognition is an expression of someone else’s values.Enjoy recognition. "Don’t demand it. Demanding recognition is a sure way to lose it. "Extend respect and give recognition to others."
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Using Knowledge Brokering to Improve Business Processes

Using Knowledge Brokering to Improve Business Processes | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

“Knowledge brokering, a systematic approach to seeking external ideas from people in a variety of industries, disciplines, and contexts and then of combining the resulting lessons in new ways.”


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Systems Thinking white boarding animation project

White board animation by James Swanson
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Understanding and Managing Conflict Styles

In order to manage workplace conflict, it’s important to understand and adjust to each situation and to the preferred conflict style of those involved. Understanding your own preferred conflict style and the preferred conflict style of others can really help take some emotion and some personalization out of the conflict. When we understand conflict styles, we hopefully will stop thinking in terms of “I’m right and he’s wrong,” and take the actions of others less personally. Then we can use the energy we’d normally waste on trying to figure them out to creatively resolve the underlying issues of the dispute. We can also consciously choose to use a different conflict style when the situation demands it. But this takes practice to use a style that perhaps isn’t as comfortable for you as your preferred style.


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Miftachul Aristy's curator insight, December 30, 2015 4:05 AM

 Ketika Anda mempunyai banyak keinginan, maka libatkan banyak tindakan.

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Miftachul Aristy's curator insight, December 30, 2015 4:15 AM

Bangun pagi adalah tanda bahwa anda bisa mencapai tujuan hidup lebih baik dari kemarin.

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How Cisco Gets Brutally Honest Feedback to Top Leaders

How Cisco Gets Brutally Honest Feedback to Top Leaders | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Regular assessments have four major benefits. Any CEO would agree that having a strong core of seasoned executives running the C-suite is critical. Yet many organizations haven’t developed beyond the hunch phase in terms of knowing how strong their top leaders really are. At Cisco, we designed an in-depth executive assessment to help us profile each of our topmost leaders: strengths, development needs, aspirations, strategic capabilities, blind spots, operational capabilities, how they develop their teams, how they fare in big-stage versus one-on-one communications, and so on.


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Barack Obama Is a Foreign Policy Grandmaster

Barack Obama Is a Foreign Policy Grandmaster | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
In ways that have eluded Washington pundits and policymakers, President Barack Obama is deploying a subtle geopolitical strategy that, if successful, might give Washington a fighting chance to extend its global hegemony deep into the 21st century.
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"After six years of silent, sometimes secret preparations, the Obama White House has recently unveiled some bold diplomatic initiatives whose sum is nothing less than a tricontinental strategy to check Beijing’s rise. As these moves unfold, Obama is revealing himself as one of those rare grandmasters who appear every generation or two with an ability to go beyond mere foreign policy and play that ruthless global game called geopolitics." (Excerpt)
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Day I PLENARY I: Charles Handy about "Complexity - Looking at the World through Different Lenses" - YouTube

Charles Handy's speech at the 5th Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna.

Charles Handy is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer. He regularly features among the top names in Thinkers Fifty, the list of international management thinkers. His books on the changing shape of work and its effects on our lives and organizations have sold almost two million copies around the world. His most recent book was Myself and Other Important Matters, a memoir.

More information can be found at: http://druckerforum.org/
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GM Recalls: How General Motors Silenced a Whistle-Blower

GM Recalls: How General Motors Silenced a Whistle-Blower | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
GM lifer Courtland Kelley spent years trying to warn the company about safety problems
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excerpt: "Management wasn’t just distracted or confused; speaking up was actively discouraged, and workers saw that pointing out safety flaws could derail their careers. When a GM employee did blow the whistle, the nation’s largest automaker shut him down."
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Ranking High Schools -- in Finland? - Education Writers Association

Ranking High Schools -- in Finland? - Education Writers Association | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The strong ideology of equality doesn’t always make life easy for us Finnish education reporters. We feel, for example, we should rank the nation’s high schools even though the government doesn’t want us to.

In 2011, my boss asked me to help her create a more ambitious high school ranking than anything Finland had ever seen. I had just been promoted from education reporter to editor of domestic news at the Finnish News Agency, which is like the Associated Press of Finland except on a smaller scale. (Since there are only five million Finns, all things Finnish are small scale.)
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How I Learned To Hack | Digital Tonto

How I Learned To Hack | Digital Tonto | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Rather than asking job candidates, “where do you want to be in 5 years?“ we should ask, “what problems do you most want to solve?”  Rather than touting the number of years people have been doing a job, we should ask what they have learned in the last 6 months.
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" the ability to adapt is the ability to compete and everyone needs to learn how to hack"

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Over 50 Learning Theories Explained for Educators

Over 50 Learning Theories Explained for Educators | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

To help you learn and refresh your memory about some of the leading learning theories in educational literature,  we are sharing with you this excellent resource from Instructional Design that features over 50  learning theories. Each theory comes with a short definition, a section on how it is applied, few examples illustrating the use of the theory, and a final section with resources and references to learn more about the theory in question. .


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Transforming Medical Education for the 21st Century: Megatr Online Book

Want to read all pages of Transforming Medical Education for the 21st Century: Megatrends, Priorities and Change [Digital] online just visit ...
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Hillary’s humility moment: A rabbi walks into a Town Hall and asks a question you’d never hear in the GOP debates

Hillary’s humility moment: A rabbi walks into a Town Hall and asks a question you’d never hear in the GOP debates | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Watching the Democrats' town hall on CNN felt like entering an alternate election universe, where calm prevails
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From the article: "Being president is not just about winning, as Trump has repeatedly insisted it is. It’s about maintaining both your own humanity and the humanity of those you’re serving, and that is a wrenching tension that has grayed the hair of every president since Reagan."


This is something all leaders must contend with. Leadership is not an "either/or" role. The question the rabbi asks may refer to "two pockets", but that is an obvious simplification so that the question can be answered in a few minutes. Instead, the presidency--and any leadership position-- role requires many pockets with notes that remind us of the various ways we lead. The article gave a spiritual point to make, which is something leaders might overlook in the interest of serving a "bottom line" or satisfying stakeholders. 


In education, this is an even more valuable point we need to remember. Our students are not just an audience or customers; they are also in need of being led, to accomplish what they might not know (or remember) what they need to accomplish.

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Creation Myth l Malcolm Gladwell

Creation Myth   l   Malcolm Gladwell | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Xerox PARC, Apple, and the truth about innovation.

 

Article from the New Yorker.

 


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The World's Most inspirational People

The World's Most inspirational People | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Inspiration has many faces, spans centuries, and lives big and small, as Raconteur discovered in a survey of over 2,000 readers and contemporary figures.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, November 30, 2015 11:31 PM

We all know what it feels like to have a “lightbulb” moment – that lightning-quick strike of momentary inspiration that plants the seed of genius and sends us racing to the whiteboard. But the feeling of sustained inspiration – a lifelong link to a particular point of reference that moors us, guides us, reminds us of what we might aspire to and what we can achieve – is something much deeper, and much greater.


As it turns out, inspiration has many faces. It spans many centuries. It covers all walks of life, and lives big and small.


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How to Choose Systems Methods? | Systems Thinking World Journal

How to Choose Systems Methods? | Systems Thinking World Journal | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

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Only 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and Execution

Only 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and Execution | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

But if you’re good at one, you’ll probably get better at the other. In a 2013 survey of nearly 700 executives across a variety of industries, our firm asked respondents to rate the effectiveness of the top leaders of their companies. How many excelled at strategy? How many excelled at execution? The results are shown in the chart below. These responses are sobering: Only 16% of top leaders were rated very effective at either strategy or execution. Only 8% were very effective at both, while 63% were rated neutral or worse on at least one dimension.


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Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System - The Donella Meadows Institute

By Donella Meadows~ Folks who do systems analysis have a great belief in “leverage points.” These are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything. This idea is not unique to systems analysis — …
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Donella Meadows gave two lists for Leverage Points:

 

PLACES TO INTERVENE IN A SYSTEM

(in increasing order of effectiveness)

9. Constants, parameters, numbers (subsidies, taxes, standards).
8. Regulating negative feedback loops.
7. Driving positive feedback loops.
6. Material flows and nodes of material intersection.
5. Information flows.
4. The rules of the system (incentives, punishments, constraints).
3. The distribution of power over the rules of the system.
2. The goals of the system.
1. The mindset or paradigm out of which the system — its goals, power structure, rules, its culture — arises. 

 

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PLACES TO INTERVENE IN A SYSTEM

(in increasing order of effectiveness)

12. Constants, parameters, numbers (such as subsidies, taxes, standards).
11. The sizes of buffers and other stabilizing stocks, relative to their flows.
10. The structure of material stocks and flows (such as transport networks, population age structures).
9. The lengths of delays, relative to the rate of system change.
8. The strength of negative feedback loops, relative to the impacts they are trying to correct against.
7. The gain around driving positive feedback loops.
6. The structure of information flows (who does and does not have access to information).
5. The rules of the system (such as incentives, punishments, constraints).
4. The power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize system structure.
3. The goals of the system.
2. The mindset or paradigm out of which the system — its goals, structure, rules, delays, parameters — arises.
1. The power to transcend paradigms.

 

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Don’t Worry About the Charisma Thing

Don’t Worry About the Charisma Thing http://www.psmag.com/politics-and-law/when-it-comes-to-politics-and-elections-dont-worry-about-the-charisma-thing
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Beware those toxic co-workers

Beware those toxic co-workers | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
At some point in our careers, most of us have come across someone known as a “toxic worker,” a colleague or boss whose abrasive style or devious actions can make the workday utterly miserable. Such people hurt morale, stoke conflict in the office, and harm a company’s reputation.

But toxic workers aren’t just annoying or unpleasant to be around; they cost firms significantly more money than most of them even realize. According to a new Harvard Business School (HBS) paper, toxic workers are so damaging to the bottom line that avoiding them or rooting them out delivers twice the value to a company that hiring a superstar performer does.
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Living Cells Show How to Fix the Financial System - Bloomberg

Living Cells Show How to Fix the Financial System - Bloomberg | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
  Living Cells Show How to Fix the Financial System  Bloomberg  Over the past three decades, the global financial system has become more dynamic and interconnected, more concentrated and complicated than ever before.

 

Applying simulations derived from biology to the complexity of financial systems...which are created by people, who are biological.  Sometimes in spite of themselves.


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How Does Common Core Compare to Other Countries?

How Does Common Core Compare to Other Countries? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Some researchers are concerned that the new Common Core standards aren't as rigorous as they should be.
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What You Eat Affects Your Productivity

What You Eat Affects Your Productivity | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Don’t let poor lunch decisions derail your day.
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Payroll Checklist: A step-by-step compliance guide to each pay period, month and calendar quarter of the year

Payroll Checklist: A step-by-step compliance guide to each pay period, month and calendar quarter of the year | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Year-end for Payroll and Accounts Payable doesn’t just begin in the third quarter, ramp up in the fourth quarter and wind down at the end of the first quarter of the next year.

It’s often said that the ultimate goal is an uneventful year-end. One key way of achieving that goal is to understand that year-end is, really, a year-long process. Best advice: You can never overcheck for accuracy.

Here’s a checklist you can use to help guide you through each pay period, month and calendar quarter. Since year-end is a long and arduous process, you should jot down your year-end procedures as you complete them, and add them to this checklist. That will make your next year-end a snap.

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