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7 Steps to Become an Authority in Your Industry

7 Steps to Become an Authority in Your Industry | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
How developing your reputation as a leader can help boost your business and brand.
Via Anne Egros, David Hain
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(From the article): "Becoming an authority in your industry can be a great way to promote your business and help you better serve your clients. It takes a consistent dose of education and risk, but the rewards can be well worth the effort."


Excellent suggestions contained in the article.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, December 13, 2012 9:43 AM

The last point of this article (http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/225225)  "Keep Learning", is for me the most important factor to become an expert in your field.

 

For organizing and sharing interesting articles I like Scoop.it. To discuss new topics and ideas with other experts I like Linkedin groups. I am not using yet the new Google+ feature, "communities",  but it seems something interesting.

 

If you have started a Google + community, please share your experience or wait for the next post after I learn how to use this new tool.

 

For organizing ideas and actually learn, I like to write in my blog. Learning by teaching is one of my favorite way to learn. I can't explain clearly something if I did not understand it fully.


What about you ? What do you do to be known as an expert in your industry ?

 

 

David Hain's curator insight, December 13, 2012 11:47 PM

Read also the thoughtful comments from Anne.

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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

Serving and Leadership on Facebook! | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Articles and Ideas relating to leadership, serving, and culture.
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting this month. 

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Anne Egros's comment, April 23, 2013 4:55 AM
Done it Don, thanks for sharing great content
Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 15, 2013 4:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 4:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
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Why Do You Lead?

Why Do You Lead? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Efforts to understand the core reasons behind why we lead require that we delve into the field of philosophy. 

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(From the article): Value formation helps us understand why leadership is defined and practiced differently. Our personal belief – me, us or Him – influence how we act, what we deem important or unimportant and defines what is right or wrong. Understanding why we lead also helps us to understand ourselves, others and the activities we choose to undertake. Answering the why question is both a foundational and missing ingredient in leadership.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 7, 7:05 AM

Parker Palmer speaks about the most important question we need to ask is who the person is that teaches, leads, and lives a particular life. It is the one that goes unasked in the busyness of asking all the other questions.

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How to speak so that people want to listen

How to speak so that people want to listen | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening?

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Jose Luis Anzizar's curator insight, July 7, 6:17 AM

Excellent!!! Thank you Julian for this Treasure!

 

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What Do We Mean By New Leadership?

What Do We Mean By New Leadership? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

I am a great fan of curation and use Scoop-it on a regular basis to bring together and publish articles and blogs on key areas of interest. One of my curates is called “New Leadership” and a couple of weeks ago one of my Twitter followers asked me what I meant by that. It was a fair question and following the death last year of Margaret Thatcher, it was one which got me thinking about the way that our concept of leadership has changed over the last couple of decades.


Via Roger Francis
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A great article from Roger Francis. 

 

(From the article): Finally, I think that people’s expectations have changed dramatically over the last 30 years. The global skills shortage, means that companies can no longer pay lip service to the hackneyed saying “Our people are our most important resource”. Talent retention and development at all levels are now a critical component of any decent strategic plan and this generation of workers will not accept the old, directional styles of leadership. They expect to be consulted and involved in decision-making and empowered to take genuine responsibility – not just simply given a job of work to do. Moreover, if they don’t get what they want, they simply leave. Loyalty is no longer a given.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 7, 7:14 AM

Leadership and leader are nouns. Leading is a verb suggesting a process.

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Today's Leadership Word is "Celebration".

Is is important to have the presence of "celebration" in your daily leadership efforts.

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Celebration is: To rejoice and enjoy whatever you have achieved especially when you have longed for it for so long. 

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Great Leadership: Bad Leadership & Management Advice You Should Run Away From

Great Leadership: Bad Leadership & Management Advice You Should Run Away From | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

There’s a LOT of advice out there on leadership and management – almost as much as you’ll find on dating, careers, and how to raise your kids. 

Actually, most of its pretty good, or at least not bad. I rarely come across an article in my daily Smartbrief on Leadership newsletter and say to myself “Well, that sure is a crock full of hooey!” 

However, I’d recommend running away as far as you can from the following pearls of leadership & management wisdom: 

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What other bad leadership and management advice have you heard?

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Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback

Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there on giving corrective feedback. If you really need to criticize someone’s work, how should you do it?

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(From the article): If you’re delivering some particularly hard-to-hear news, consider giving the person the rest of the afternoon off. Studies have shown that top performers are especially vulnerable to major setbacks. Show compassion not by softening the blow with false praise, but by giving bad news straight and then offering some breathing room.

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5 Steps to Design Your Life

5 Steps to Design Your Life | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
I found by designing my life through a vision statement, it has been a tool for providing more direction. Click here to read 5 steps to creating yours.

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(From the article): What have you envisioned for your life? If you already have a vision statement, or are in the process of creating one, what have you designed thus far?

 

What part of your vision statement drives you to move toward it?

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, July 3, 6:28 AM

You make think that I am silly; however I believe when it comes to designing our lives, we have the pen in our hands and are writing out what this chapter "2014 year" will be and beyond.

 

During a talk I was speaking at last week one person said to me...."Wow, it is like having our own Career GPS to keep us on track." 

The power comes when you realize that it goes beyond a career -- when you design your life -- what you do for a living isn't work -- it is your life.

 

So take a moment to read this article and follow the 5 steps, and if it is not too much trouble....please share with us. 

 

Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

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Great Mid Year Review Questions

Great Mid Year Review Questions | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Mid year reviews are a like the half-time huddle of your performance Superbowl. If your company doesn’t require them, do them anyway. If your boss doesn’t have one planned for you, ask for one.


They’re great times to summarize, celebrate, challenge and inspire. 

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Mid year reviews are a like the half-time huddle of your performance Superbowl. If your company doesn’t require them, do them anyway. 

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Five Communication Traits That Turn People Off

Five Communication Traits That Turn People Off | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
We all fall victim to expressing ourselves in ways that alienate the very people we're trying to impress. Here are five annoying communication traits to avoid.
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(From the article): In leadership or life, we all fall victim to expressing ourselves in ways that alienate the very people we’re hoping to impress. Here are five common, often well-intentioned, communication traits that create disaffection and disconnection. They’re equal parts lessons learned, pet peeves, and research-based wisdom.

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What Do You Stand for As a Leader?

What Do You Stand for As a Leader? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

To identify what we stand for as leaders is not a fancy exercise. It’s a requirement of all great leaders to examine their successes and failures to uncover the nuggets that lead them to insights about what they stand for. This inquiry is unending.

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(From the article): If you don’t know what you stand for then the influences, needs or realities listed above will lead you to take short cuts that may not optimize outcomes and will jeopardize the livelihood of people. Every item listed above requires you to stand firm in what you believe and what you know and to lead from there.

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Four Leadership Trust Busters

Four Leadership Trust Busters | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Trust. Your ability to lead is severely hampered without it, and the more of it you have, the easier leadership becomes. 

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(From the article) The Blind CC. Imagine this . . . Someone sends an email to a group and bcc’s someone. Then the bcc’er replies to all, not noticing that they were blind-copied. If you were on the To: or CC: lines, wouldn’t you immediately wonder why the other person was bcc’d to start with? And more importantly, wouldn’t you start to wonder how many times the original person sends emails to you and they are bcc’ing someone else? We all want leaders who are transparent, authentic and genuine – and it seems to me that using the bcc flies in the face of that goal. There might be a time to email something separately to someone and give them additional information or perspective, but why make it a blind copy leaving everyone at risk for miscommunication and misunderstanding?

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Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, June 26, 5:45 AM

Trust is the key to building genuine relationships and without it, performance, productivity and loyalty will suffer.

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How to Help an Underperformer

How to Help an Underperformer | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

As a manager, you can’t accept underperformance. It’s frustrating, time-consuming, and it can demoralize the other people on your team. But what do you do about an employee who isn’t performing up to snuff? How do you help turn around the problematic behavior? And how long do you let it go on before you cut your losses?

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(From the article): Along the way, it’s important to keep what’s happening confidential — while also letting others know you’re working on the underperformance problem. Manzoni admits that this is a tricky line to tow. Don’t discuss the specific details with others, he says. But you might tell them something like: “Bill and I are working together on his output and lately we’ve had good discussions. I need your help in being as positive and supportive as you can.”

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Hey CEOs: Are You Ready to Get Uncomfortable?

Hey CEOs: Are You Ready to Get Uncomfortable? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership experts predict futures leaders will face the blurring of private and public life, increased transparency, and new relationships with competitors.
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(From the article): Leaders who rely on their imagined power over others will not thrive. The leaders who succeed will be what they term "altrocentric," and focus on others rather than themselves. They'll be relationship-centric, prefer engaging rather than commanding, and consistenyl act as though they, too, are part of the team.

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How Are You Doing So Far?

How Are You Doing So Far? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

My oh my it's hard to believe it's July 1st already. Where has all the time gone? How are you doing so far? It's time to dust off your 2014 list of "New Year's Resolutions" and evaluate your progress.

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(From the article) “Wishing and hoping won’t make it so – Life is a planned event” What needs to happen between now and the end of the year for you to accomplish at least one of your goals? You don’t have to accomplish them all so pick one. Pick the one that will benefit you the most. (Exercise more, save money, learn to dance or write a book)

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Leading Teams to Peak Performance - 5 Steps

Leading Teams to Peak Performance - 5 Steps | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leading teams that achieve peak performance have a common purpose, vision and goals so people can derive meaning, motivation and fulfilment from their work.

Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): The foundation of leading teams is trust. To that extent leaders of leading teams are authentic and real, no masks, no politics. They connect personally with the team members and create opportunities for them to get to know each other informally also. Creating common shared experiences and fostering collaboration continues to build the level of trust in the team.

 

Accountability and reliability solidifies the trust. No double standards. The leader must be a shining example of that. They must always keep their promises and do what they say they are going to do. People are much more likely to bring their best to work when they trust their leader.

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10 Traits Business Owners Need to Succeed

10 Traits Business Owners Need to Succeed | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

I am constantly asked the question, “What does it take to get ahead?” Sure you have to work hard, but there are a lot of other factors.

 

Investor’s Business Daily identified 10 traits for turning your dreams into reality. Here they are with my take on each, plus a few bonus thoughts.


Via Daniel Watson
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(From the article): Courage is what sets you apart from the crowd. Courage is ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Courage is regarded as one of the major human virtues. Courage is bravery, valor, standing up to danger, guts and nerves all rolled into one. So what does courage have to do with running a business? Plenty. I admit that most folks’ daily lives are not filled with such dramatic challenges. We all face situations that require us to reach down deep within ourselves to do what is right and brave and occasionally difficult. Courage can involve making decisions that are unpopular or time-consuming or even expensive.

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Jeanne Omlor's curator insight, July 4, 6:39 PM

It's good to be reminded of this again and again!

Venkatesh Balakumar's curator insight, July 5, 2:30 AM

Additionally, regular exercises definitely  add to keep up these ten habits 

Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, July 5, 7:58 PM

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5 Common Questions Leaders Should Never Ask

5 Common Questions Leaders Should Never Ask | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
And how to reframe them for better results.
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(From the article): So what are some specific questions to avoid? Based on conversations with Cooperrider and several other leadership experts for my recent book, here are five examples of very common questions leaders may ask that can have the unintended effect of leading people in the wrong direction. With simple tweaks, the same questions can be used to engage people, rather than discourage them.

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Why Employees Leave Their Jobs (Infographic)

Why Employees Leave Their Jobs (Infographic) | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Here's what employees consider before walking out the door. (From data and anecdotes, this is so very true.)


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It's easy to guess why gainfully employed people decide to up and leave their jobs. However, discovering the real reasons why individuals quit can be a little bit more difficult. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 4, 9:38 AM

The rate of teacher turnover is about 50% within the first 7 years. This is costly in many ways and certainly impacts student learning

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On Becoming a July 4th Leader

On Becoming a July 4th Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
All major decisions come with consequently major consequences that must be identified and reconciled. As a leader, you have the responsibility for managing risk
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Freedom—and the decisions that make it possible—require sacrifice and dedication to see it through.

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Rise and Fall of Leadership

Rise and Fall of Leadership | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Few concepts have received such widespread attention over the last two decades as that of leadership. Below, Guido Stein discusses the complicated balance between leadership and results, and considers the qualities that make a great leader.


Via Roger Francis, AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): A person’s leadership skill determines his effectiveness as a leader, as it converts his personal dedication into results. Without that skill, his efforts will not have the impact they should have. Experience shows that some managers put a great deal of time, effort and concentration into their work but achieve very little, while others, in comparable situations, achieve much more with the same amount of effort. These more effective managers are able to reverse the ratio of effort to achievement by working as a team, so that everybody works with everybody else, rather than for everybody else.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 2, 5:08 PM

Excellent scoop here via @RogerFrancis1.  Professor Stein does a wonderful job of showcasing how leadership is different than being a manager. 


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Influence. Leadership can be measured in terms of the influence the leader exercises over others, so that they do what the leader wants them to do and even want what the leader wants. Exercising such influence must come naturally, as in the phrase attributed to Margaret Thatcher: “Being in power is like being a lady. If you have to remind people that you are, you aren’t.”



Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, July 7, 6:01 PM

Leadership can be induced in individuals but it cannot be mass-produced. At the pinnacle, leadership is conferred on the leader by others, whereas at the position level it is conferred by the company; at the second, third and fourth levels it is earned by the manager through his one-dimensional effort.

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6 Highly Effective Ways To Improve Your Memory

6 Highly Effective Ways To Improve Your Memory | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Here are six great strategies to remember more of what you see, hear, and read.
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(From the article): Studies in both rat and human brains have shown that regular exercise can improve memory recall. Fitness in older adults has even been proven to slow the decline of memory without the aid of continued regular exercise. In particular, studies shown that regular exercise can improve spatial memory, so exercise may not necessarily be a way to improve all types of memory recall.

 

Of course the benefits of exercise are numerous, but for the brain in particular regular exercise is shown to improve cognitive abilities besides memory. So if you're looking for a way to stay mentally sharp, taking a walk could be the answer.




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Leadership is an Intimate Relationship -

Leadership is an Intimate Relationship - | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Leadership is not about rules. Real, honest to goodness leadership is a relationship.

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(From the article): Leadership comes from the time and effort we put into knowing ourselves well. We share our true selves with the people around us. Together, our leadership brings out the best in each of us. Together, the bond we share builds community.

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Eight Must-Have Competencies for Future Leaders

Eight Must-Have Competencies for Future Leaders | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders tomorrow will succeed with a different skill set than that of today’s best. Smart leaders will spot the mid-career folks with greatest potential to become those outstanding future executives.
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(From the article): But those are not enough. While leaders tomorrow will need these capacities to adapt to a turbulent world, the fundamentals of leadership will not change. The reason: leadership relies on mobilizing human skills. Always has. Always will.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 2, 5:55 PM

You can easily translate this corporate advice to the realm of education. 

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Do You Really Want to Be Yourself at Work?

Do You Really Want to Be Yourself at Work? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Some people don’t.
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(From the article): Interestingly, during a comparable three-year period, Harvard education professor Robert Kegan was researching the other side of the equation, looking for companies that pursued competitive advantage by developing every person to his or her fullest potential. He and his colleagues Lisa Lahey, Andy Fleming, Matthew Miller, Claire Lee, and Inna Markus had put out the word among their extended networks in academia, consulting, HR, and corporate C-suites: Did anyone know of any organization, anywhere in the world, dedicated to developing every one of its people by weaving personal growth into day-to-day work?

 

The researchers found precious few companies that took that approach. In their initial pool of only 20 candidates, just two with 100 or more employees had been operating fully and successfully in that mode for at least five years. One was an East Coast investment firm called Bridgewater Associates, the other a West Coast real estate and movie theater management company called Decurion. The researchers spent hundreds of hours viewing the two firms’ practices and interviewing their people (and wrote about them in detail in “Making Business Personal”).

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Damien Colmant's curator insight, June 28, 5:35 AM

Tout le monde a besoin de pouvoir être soi-même afin de faire un bon boulot. Sommes-nous néanmoins prêt à montrer notre vulnérabilité,  nos faiblesses?

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Critical Thinking Takes Courage

Critical Thinking Takes Courage | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Critical thinking isn't an entirely natural process; it's one that requires courage.


Via Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto, Gust MEES
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(From the article): To think critically requires you to aggregate knowledge, form some kind of understanding, get inside the mind of the clockmaker, judge their work, and then articulate it all for a specific form (e.g., argumentative essay) and audience (e.g., teacher).

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 24, 4:33 PM

Yes, and YES!!! Critical thinking really takes risk, because someone is likely to disagree with you. How much better it is, however, to have a well thought opinion and stand alone, than to be a lemming. 

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, June 25, 5:21 AM

A really excellent article on something that can be hard to define and practice, and yet is such an essential skill for life.   I really like the distinction Terry Heick makes between thought and knowledge and the interplay between them.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 25, 8:38 AM

El pensamiento crítico requiere coraje, actitud y valor que no se fomenta en los sistemas educativos en general debido a los riesgos que conlleva.