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What the best jazz musicians and business brains have in common

What the best jazz musicians and business brains have in common | Serious Play | Scoop.it
How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Successful leaders do what jazz musicians do: they improvise.

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Talents of best jazz musicians are applicable to business people

The best in their field need to be expert improvisers

Balancing free expression and rules is another important skill

'Hit a groove' and work in teams to get the best from individuals

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, March 13, 2013 6:42 PM

I'm a trained theatrical improviser, and use improv skills in my leadership and innovation training.  Love how this article summarizes how improv can make you a better leader for today's turbulent business climate.

John Michel's curator insight, March 14, 2013 7:32 AM

(CNN) -- How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Successful leaders do what jazz musicians do: they improvise.

They invent novel responses and take calculated risks without a scripted plan or a safety net. They negotiate with each other as they proceed, and they don't dwell on mistakes or stifle each other's ideas.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, March 14, 2013 6:52 PM

Improv.  The art of teaching, as well.  

 

" To foster innovation, leaders hedge against the trap of "too much consensus." The underlying assumption is that when people disagree, they're both right. Thus, such organizations tolerate and encourage dissent and debate."



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Why are stories so important and why should we tell more of them?

Why are stories so important and why should we tell more of them? | Serious Play | Scoop.it
I believe in being different and showing your uniqueness via a great story.
I believe that the businesses who tell stories will have a thicker bottom
line in the growing social web. Here are a few ways to tell better stories.
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When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose

When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose | Serious Play | Scoop.it
These teachers made room for playful exploration and student passions in the classroom, helping their students to develop the purpose that drives them.
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Skills Converged > Positive Appreciation, Affirmation and Praise

Skills Converged > Positive Appreciation, Affirmation and Praise | Serious Play | Scoop.it

In this exercise, a group of people get to acknowledge each other’s actions and appreciate the impact of such actions on their own lives. People tend to avoid praising despite the fact that it is incredibly motivating. In addition, people also tend to shrug off praise as a way of being humble or they may feel they need to be polite rather than boasting about their actions. Both of these lead to a missed opportunity on boosting a person’s self-esteem. This exercise provides an opportunity to do this systematically and in a safe environment.

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Why doodling is the cure for at-work brain farts - Sparkol

Why doodling is the cure for at-work brain farts - Sparkol | Serious Play | Scoop.it
"So, that's the idea in a nutshell guys. Bill, I'd love to hear what you think." Bill's mind had wandered and now he's stinking up the room with his silent-but-violent brain fart. Tut tut, Bill. You should've doodled your way through. Here's why doodling is a serious player in the office concentration game.
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How to turn an infographic into video - Sparkol

How to turn an infographic into video - Sparkol | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Ever created a great piece of content but wondered if you could do more with it? We're seeing a trend for turning infographics into stunning scribe videos. Here's how you can too.
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11 Awesome Video Marketing Tools | Search Engine Journal

11 Awesome Video Marketing Tools | Search Engine Journal | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Here are eleven tools that can help your business spice-up and improve its video marketing initiative.
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A Wonderful App for Students to Showcase Their Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful App for Students to Showcase Their Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it
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Escucha y guarda tus podcast en Ivoox

Escucha y guarda tus podcast en Ivoox | Serious Play | Scoop.it
El próximo curso me gustaría potenciar el uso del podcast en la escuela, tengo un proyecto en marcha para crear una radio online a través de dispositivos móviles, inspirada en el excelente proyecto de Lara Romero y Radio Alameda, la verdad,  no se si tendré tiempo de publicarlo para este curso, o para el que viene, lo que sí tengo claro es que me gustaría llevar cabo el proyecto en mi escuela, y este curso, si las circunstancias lo permiten.

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10 Great Public Speaking Apps for Killer Presentations - Ginger Public Speaking

10 Great Public Speaking Apps for Killer Presentations - Ginger Public Speaking | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Public Speaking: There's an app for that. Here are 10 public speaking apps that can make your smart phone your public speaking ally.
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Shooting Details to Tell a Visual Story

Shooting Details to Tell a Visual Story | Serious Play | Scoop.it
A visual story, although no longer used as frequently in magazines or media, is a powerful way to give your viewer a taste of a situation without having to be there. It’s also a great way to challenge yourself to produce a coherent body of work. A collection of images, or picture story, can be …
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5 Creative Principles for Remarkable Presentations

Every time I ask the question “what’s the most difficult part of writing a speech?” the answer is always the same. STARTING. Writing a presentation is inherent…

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, August 21, 2:08 PM

A beautiful presentation with carefully selected visuals about the most important principles in designing presentations.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 22, 10:26 AM

A very creative design and useful presentation tips.

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The Art Of Giving Feedback In eLearning - eLearning Industry

The Art Of Giving Feedback In eLearning - eLearning Industry | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Want to know about the power of Feedback In eLearning? Check the roles of feedback and how to master the art of giving Feedback In eLearning.
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5 Ways Video Can Increase Student Ownership of Learning

5 Ways Video Can Increase Student Ownership of Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it
In a student-centered classroom, it is important for students to take ownership of their learning and make it meaningful in a way that fits their needs and learning styles. This is much easier said than done. As a teacher, it can be difficult to get out o

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 20, 8:22 AM

I've always believed in the power of video for students to demonstrate understanding. This article gives you tips, tricks, and tools that will help you make the case, too!

Xuan Phan's curator insight, August 23, 8:18 PM

This is a must- read article for teachers  with "Student- centered classroom" approach.

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Leadership Games and Activities

While working as interns, we were tasked with the project of collecting different leadership games to be used for a leadership camp of high school students.
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Presentation Design Tips - How to Make Text Look Exciting

Presentation Design Tips - How to Make Text Look Exciting | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Presentation Design Tips - Learn 10 ways to creatively add text to images. These cool PowerPoint tricks will get your audience excited and ready for action
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6 Lessons In Storytelling From Steven Spielberg | Newscred Blog

6 Lessons In Storytelling From Steven Spielberg | Newscred Blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it
We are no strangers to the benefits of storytelling in content marketing. Knowing that audiences are more likely to remember (and share) stories that connect in an emotional way has allowed marketers to develop truly unique content. But storytelling is an art that requires finesse, integrity and a touch of humility, and there is possibly
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Create captivating presentations from a single photo - try Tawe - Sparkol

Create captivating presentations from a single photo - try Tawe - Sparkol | Serious Play | Scoop.it
A picture's worth a thousand words, right? So why do we spend hours turning visual ideas into written presentations? Well those days are over, friend. Introducing Tawe - the app that changes the way you present forever.
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The importance of being evil: How to create the perfect villain - Sparkol

The importance of being evil: How to create the perfect villain - Sparkol | Serious Play | Scoop.it
If you want to make your hero shine, put some polish on the villain. Make your champion’s nemesis – whether it's a physical obstacle or talking germs – really, really nasty. Here are 6 (not 666) ways to create the perfect baddie.
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6 Excellent Lego Apps to Enhance Kids Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Excellent Lego Apps to Enhance Kids Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it

In today’s post we are sharing with you some great apps that kids can use to play Lego games on the go. All of these apps are free and work perfectly on iPad or any other iOS operated device.

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Must Have Chrome Apps for The New School Year ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Must Have Chrome Apps for The New School Year ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it

You probably are already working on your digital toolkit making it ready for the start of a new school year. Part of your preparation will definitely consist of making decision on the kind of web applications and mobil apps you will be incorporating in your teaching. This means that you need to have a fairly decent knowledge of educational web tools out there and the potentialities they can offer to your instruction. To this end and to help you make informed decisions about the technology to use in your class,  we went ahead and did some digging into our archive and curated this collection   comprising some of the best educational Chrome apps out there.  We hope you will find it useful. Enjoy

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Chrome Apps for Recording and Editing Audio

Chrome Apps for Annotating and Editing PDFs

Chrome Apps for Bookmarking and Curating Content

QR Generator Apps for Chrome

Chrome Apps for Research Students

Chrome Apps for Screen Capture

Chrome Apps for Sketching and Doodling

Chrome Task Management Apps

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9 Steps to Help You Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking (Infographic)

9 Steps to Help You Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking (Infographic) | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Panicking isn't an option. Preparation is.
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32 Websites That Will Make You a Genius

32 Websites That Will Make You a Genius | Serious Play | Scoop.it
You just need the passion to become smarter. Developing gives you an edge and here are the tools to help you: BBC — Future Learn something new, every day. 2. Youtube EDU Educational videos to broa...
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If you love learning as much as I do your going to love this list...
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5 Reasons to Use Storytelling in Sponsored Content

5 Reasons to Use Storytelling in Sponsored Content | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Sponsored content is different than a sales pitch. For it to work, it needs a specific story angle that’s anchored to the publication’s main theme, otherwise it becomes food for the trash bin. If…
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Sketchnoting FOR Learning

The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity among conference attendees. Contrary to popular belief, you do not ha…
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Back to School with Google Chrome: The Complete Guide!

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Back to School with Google Chrome: The Complete Guide!

Going back to school is hard enough! Why not make the most of what Google Chrome has to offer and get you and your students ready for school with the best apps, extensions, tips, and tricks?

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