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Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better At Your Job

Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better At Your Job | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

A 2014 Oxford Economics Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S. showed 42% of employees with paid time off finished the year with unused days, leaving an average of 8.1 days unused.

Small business owners are especially bad at taking time away. According to the 2013 Sage Reinvention of Small Business Study, 43% of small business owners are taking less vacation time than five years ago.

 

The fact that we don't use all of our vacation time isn’t all that surprising. After all, getting away for a few days or weeks can be overwhelming when it feels like stepping away from the office will create a painful backlog of work when you return.

 

But what if stepping away from the daily grind made you better at your job?


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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This is a good one! Nothing like a vacation, a week away from work, with your family or your co-workers. What matters is the change, change of atmosphere, the adventure activities, the star-studded sky above you, and the fresh air you breathe, enough to recharge your batteries, and yes inspire you with new ideas and thoughts!

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 22, 2014 6:37 PM

We say we want more time off, but most of us don't use all of our vacation time. Life won't fall apart if you take two weeks off in fact your work might actually improve.

Michael J Rutherford's curator insight, May 23, 2014 9:26 AM

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign deal to end Nile dispute

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign deal to end Nile dispute | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Three African leaders sign an initial deal to end a long-running dispute over the sharing of Nile waters and the building of Africa's biggest hydroelectric dam.

Via Seth Dixon
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The tripartite dispute on the sharingof the waters of the Nile between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia was an ongoing issue that failed to get resolved for decades. Now it seems the three countries have finally managed to settle their disputes. Earlier there was alot of mudlsinging  accusations and counter accusations, and blamegames where particular countries would blame droughts and other humanitarian disasters on others saying that they had held back the water that was due to them. In a region that is often under the state of drought, jusdicious sharing of the waters of the Nile, both the Blue Nile and the White Nile will help put an end to the suffering of common people!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 24, 4:43 PM

85% of the Nile's water comes from the Blue Nile that originates in the Ethiopian highlands--it is the Blue Nile that Ethiopia has been working on damming since 2011.  The Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be located near the border with Sudan (see in Google Maps).  Prior to this trilateral agreement, Egypt and Sudan received the majority of the Nile's waters because of outdated colonial-era treaties that ignored upstream riparian states.  This explains why in the past, Egypt was so adamantly opposed to Ethiopia's plan fearing that their water supply with be threatened.  Today though, the Egyptian President said, "We have chosen cooperation, and to trust one another for the sake of development."  


Tags: Ethiopia, Africasupranationalism, political, development, environment, water, energy, borders.

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, March 25, 6:46 AM

Long way river

Bob Beaven's curator insight, March 26, 2:40 PM

The Nile is a very touch subject for the countries involved in the deal, because they all believe that they have a right to it.  Historically, Egypt was associated most with the river, and the Ancient Egyptians even had many myths surrounding the river as the giver of life.  However, Sudan and Ethiopia are looking towards the river as something that can generate hydroelectric power which would be beneficial to these countries.  The reason why Egypt worries is because it believes that if too much of the river is diverted or blocked then it will not get enough water to sustain the country.  Keep in mind, Egypt is called the "Gem of the Nile".  I do believe that the treaty that was signed is a step in the right direction however, all the countries should be able to share the Nile and use it.  I would oppose the policy if it became detrimental to the survival of Egypt however.  The main factor of the project that keeps it from being destructive is that the river will only be slightly diverted (and  it is a tributary in question the Blue Nile).  Yet, like we have learned in class rivers are very touchy subjects for many nations, not just African ones.

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A Beautiful Timeline on The History of Education

A Beautiful Timeline on The History of Education | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This is an interesting timeline that stretches from the past and then the present on to the future. What is interesting is that it makes an interesting prediction about how open content would be the need of the hour. What is encouraging to see is that technology will not replace the human factor, at least not the teacher although the roles will change, I guess with the teacher doning the garb of the facilitator and not the lecturer. As far as tablets are concerned, well it is interesting to note that tablets were first discovered by the Ancient Greeks and the Romans. In some ways at least, the future can only be a variation on the present, just like the present has been a variation on the past.

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jane fullerton's curator insight, March 21, 9:40 AM

Wonder what Maryanne Wolf would say!

Ron Wolford's curator insight, March 22, 4:44 PM

Educator's Technology

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The Writing Decline: Tweeting, Texting and Horrible Grammar in K-12 School - Brilliant or Insane

Do 21st-century learners have writing deficits? Is digital learning to blame? This college dean speaks out on America's writing decline.

Via Becky Roehrs
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Tweeting, and texting have both affected the quality of grammar, but in times when communication has become more important than grammatical rules. We need to get our goals straight, whether we are teaching grammar or communication needs to be re-thought!

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 19, 11:56 AM

Is this really a decline? 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 22, 1:37 PM

I don't think we can blame terrible writing skills on Twitter. Twitter was founded in 2006 and student writing was terrible LONG before that. Twitter might have made the battle for decent writing skills more difficult, but it is not the sole contributor to the problem. More coming in a blog and not just because I need well over 140 characters.

Nicholas C. Rossis's curator insight, March 24, 11:09 AM

Interesting facts.  I agree that social media have led us to use abbreviations and forget how to write in a more ... traditional way. This could be a niche market!

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7 Proven Ways to Get Ahead at Work

7 Proven Ways to Get Ahead at Work | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Everyone wants to be recognized for doing a good job, to be able to earn promotions and raises and to move up the organization. However, the path isn't always clear, and sometimes we are our own worst enemies--standing in the way of our own success.


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These seven proven ways are important for us because few of us are ready to speak out in meetings, few of us are ready to take up challenging work, few of us believe about showcasing our achievments and some of us don't take credit for exemplary work. In a world of cut throat competition, one has to speak out for oneself, and one has to step in before a totally unrelated person takes credit to a job done well!

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 16, 9:28 AM

Give these 7 proven ways of getting ahead at work a try, and watch your career skyrocket.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 16, 6:50 PM

A good list of ways to ensure that you get the recognition that you deserve.

Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, March 17, 4:40 PM
The seven tips to share with us Peter Economy to achieve promotion at work I find very valuable. However I will complementary, and that promotions in real world does not always achieved only with good practice, consider the "dark side (the hidden chart) organizations", then I completed 7 with the following tips: + Identify as measured and rewards people in the organization, in some it is not done a good job but: to be "loyal and obedient" to the boss, being a lame boots, paid to cover up or participate in matters little ethical, strike up a relationship. If you find that your company is rewarded (promoted) for some (or all) of the above reasons, you have to make a decision, quit and find an organization that applies meritocracy, or stick to change the satuo quo or to adapt and use it, IS YOUR DECISION, ARE YOUR VALUES!
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Think differently about Technology and Collaboration

Think differently about Technology and Collaboration | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Advances in technology certainly help educators bring new resources and methods of teaching to their classrooms. In fact, I’d venture a guess that it is because of these new tech tools that we have really looked at changing the way we teach and how students can learn. This is evident by the use of SMART […

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Although, I keep repeating that it is not just the technology that matters, but also the person who uses it that makes a change to pedagogy, people keep thinking that technology alone can make a difference! Used properly, and in proper hands, technology can and does make a big difference. Need I say that technology removes the clutter from pedagogy if used judiciously and planned ahead of time.Having wifi, a projector, a white board to back up as a projection screen, and carrying a laptop or a tablet does  make a big difference to the effectiveness in our teaching strategies. My suggestion to educationists interested in innovation in pedagogy through technology would be that they should develop their own instructional modules. The best way they could do this is to put in the use of technology in their lesson plans, and to embed resources within their Daily lesson plans. If you intend to use technology in your classroom, then plan for it so that it becomes a means to an end and not the end itself!

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Julie Irwin - National Disability Coordination Officer: Eastern & Central Queensland's curator insight, March 18, 3:04 AM

A great article - and an amazing 'feel good' video - a must see!!!

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10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like the Plague

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like the Plague | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

oToxic people are everywhere, and most of us know at least one or two. We may live with them, work with them, lead them, or know them socially. And if you've ever spent time with truly toxic people, you already know how destructive and exhausting they can be.

 

Just as with any kind of toxin, you need to limit your exposure and keep yourself protected. But a critical first step is to recognize when a person is toxic. Unfortunately, toxic people don't come with a warning label--but there are things you can look for.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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We have and we will continue to come across all of them,  arrogant co-workers, control-freaks, those who envy others even when job profiles don't match, then you have the congenital liars whom you can never trust. Added to the list of "toxic" people one should avoid include, the typical gossip mongers, those who would rather pass judgment one others, it is as if it is the only aim they have in life. All of them have one thin in common and that is  their toxicity. I just liked the write up and wanted to share it with all those who have perhaps had their share of toxic friends, the antidote for which, according to the writer is avoidance.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 10, 6:40 PM

Just like toxins in your air, water, or food, toxins in the people around you can cause serious harm but they don't come with a warning label. Here's a rundown of what to look out for so you can keep yourself safe.

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How Much Of Your Income Should You Save?

How Much Of Your Income Should You Save? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

pensioThere’s no question more fundamental to personal finance than how much money we should save. Our savings rate is the cornerstone of virtually every other decision about money we make. It affects everything from buying a home to saving for emergencies to retirement.

Yet the guidance on this important topic is less than stellar. It usually takes the form of a rule of thumb, such as the admonishment to save 10% of our income.


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This is an interesting article based on the every debatable topic associated with the question of how much of one's income one should save. The ten per cent rule of thumb might not work in all situations. What matters is whether the country has a robust social security system, which unfortunately India does not have! Take for example,the question of Pension, a Government employee who decides to quit before the mandatory twenty years of minimum service will not get his gratuity or even his pension, that is even if he or she has served for more than fifteen years! In such a case, a ten per cent saving is too little. A person who doesn't have a pension fund might as well save most of his salary as savings for the rainy day! Inflation and devaluation of currency also means that the ten per cent of the salary that you save today will be peanuts by the time you retire from work. While it is true that one should save for the rainy day, it makes sense for responsible governments to provide for social security of its citizens, and the rationalize pension schemes for their employees. Pension rules in India are based on archaic laws stemming from the late eighteenth century Victorian rules, and it is these social security systems that need redress and review so that their is a sense of security in the employees even if they decide to quit before the discriminatory twenty years of mandatory service. In cases where their is no pension benefit, then a better option would be for people to invest in real estate rather than in public instruments like PPF, and Insurance. Unfortunately, returns on Life Insurance Pension schemes in India are so poor and hopeless that one must resort to them only in instances when one is looking for secure savings.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 4, 2:53 AM

Read more to learn how long will it take to build up enough investments to fund annual living expenses.

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Why Technology Alone Won't Reform Education

Why Technology Alone Won't Reform Education | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
In this interview Dr. Chavan discusses why technology is not the solution to reforming education and how our linear education systems need to be reinvented.

Via Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales
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Technology alone will not change the face of education. We need to first learn to use technology in a proper way, then we need to build on our twenty-first century skills, and then finally we need to promoter the concept of collaborative learning and garnish it with important values such as respect for others, tolerance, and patience. What matters is to develop the right attitude towards learning. Technology is not the end, it is just the means!

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5 Tips To Build An Instructional Design Portfolio - eLearning Industry

5 Tips To Build An Instructional Design Portfolio - eLearning Industry | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Wondering how to build your Instructional Design Portfolio? Check the 5 tips on how to build your Instructional Design Portfolio.

Via EDTC@UTB
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These five important tips for building an e-learning instructional design will help make the learning module more interesting and effective. Making the module simple and including graphics are two important ones, and added to this, focussing on specific instructional skills rather than too many collected through years of teaching experience will no doubt help a lot..

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Karen Molineaux's curator insight, February 25, 8:14 PM

Aaaahhhh....finally! Great advice for developing my e-portfolio! This is very straightforward and easy to understand. I will definitely use this as a checklist when I am ready to submit my link on my resume'.

Татьяна Фокина's curator insight, February 26, 5:29 AM

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Kimberly Creagh's curator insight, March 9, 2:40 PM

Suggestions for developing my Instructional Design Portfolio

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The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Edudemic | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
How do you motivate students who don't care about grades? You take a turn with badges in education and see how different results can come about.

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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Students have a particular liking for badges which they can flaunt to others. A badge is like a special privilege that all can see. I earned my badge after completing a MOOC session, although whether I will wear this badge is doubtful, but then for students at least it is about making the reward more attractive than just a certificate which will be put away in a folder or portfolio once it has been earned!

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Teaching with Technology: A Survival Guide

Teaching with Technology: A Survival Guide | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Survival tips for integrating technology in the classroom are featured in this presentation by Shelly Terrell, featured on Edudemic.

Via Elizabeth E Charles, TechinBiz
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Somehow we all use technology, whether it is in the form of google forms/docs, and many of us use ppts. and so on. Teaching with technology is challenging mainly because you need to keep upto date with technology. Laptops are now passe, while tabs have most of the feature of laptops minus the weight!

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, February 21, 10:17 PM

Great practical advice for us classroom teachers who are challenged by new technologies.  I'm using "Google Classroom" and find it helpful. Most of my students are more computer literate than I, which is an advantage sometimes.  I'm trying to keep a few "bytes" ahead of them.  This is another case of teacher and student learning from each other.  Nice article from Shell Terrell.  Aloha, Russ.

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5 Reasons Why the Flipped Classroom Works in Higher Education - Higher Ed Tech Decisions

5 Reasons Why the Flipped Classroom Works in Higher Education - Higher Ed Tech Decisions | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Education research expert David Miller reveals five benefits flipped classrooms provide higher education. Miller says that flipped classroom strategies are becoming a great movement, and provide huge benefits to students and professors alike.

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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Flipped classroom pedagogy is the lates trend in Education today. A flipped classroom can help especially when you have to cover a lot in less time. The implication of a flipped classroom lies in the lee way it gives to me as a teacher of English to complete a reading of the Shakerspearian play, Julius Caesar with students of grade ten in a bare ten days. So what happens here is that the students read a greater portiion of the text at home and then when they come to class, they discuss important themes, or topics including questions. The teacher also gives them a study guide which they follow during the flipped class. In many cases, flipped classrooms provide greater opportunities for chunking important topics. Because of the nature of the pedagogy ( it requires greater involvement of the student as a mature learner, where he or she fixes self imposed timelines), flipped classrooms would better suit students from grade ten onwards.

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The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Education

The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Education | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
From inspiring life-long learning to empowering teachers, these organizations are taking the education business to school.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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These are the world's top ten most innovative companies in education, and they provide food for thought for  those that are struggling. Ultimately innovativeness and success go hand in hand because of their ability to provide acceptible challenges and interesting ways of doing routine and dull stuff. Education is one field which has the greatest susceptibility to stagnate and a large number of employees in this sector reach their shelf life very soon. In many cases, innovative companies will provide the werewithal for recognition of exemplary work, better ways of doing routines stuff in a more interesting way, and yes, the opportunity to collaborate, and get some extra money too!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 11, 4:34 PM

There are some interesting ideas here. With a concept and structure like Ed Camps, what does that mean to the way School is organized? I would think it might lead to change the status quo won't like.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, February 12, 11:31 AM

This is the MUST read text.

Helen Teague's curator insight, February 13, 6:53 PM

A few surprises in this list

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Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure

Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success.

 

Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.

 

Emotional intelligence is the "something" in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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An interesting article indeed, that tells us a lot about the importance of emotional intelligence (E.Q.). It is clear that a very high I.Q. devoid of the ability and skills requred to live in a world built out of a social fabric of relations does not indicate success! Taken in a social context, I.Q. + E.Q. = Success! And moreover, there is a mathematical logic to the same.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 24, 6:22 PM

Emotional intelligence is a huge driver of success.

Mireille Koomen's curator insight, March 25, 5:58 AM

Emotionele intelligentie blijkt een zeer grote driver voor succes en high performance.

Lisa Gorman's curator insight, March 25, 5:51 PM

This fantastic article by Travis Bradberry provides some very useful everyday descriptors and strategies that support Goleman and others work in this critical knowledge area of EQ.  Here are the five areas that Goleman identified in his early work.  I wonder what shape your EQ is in?

Knowing your emotions.Managing your own emotions.Motivating yourself and displaying emotional self control.Recognising and understanding other people's emotions.Managing relationships.
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How Teachers' Use Of Technology In The Classroom Is Changing (Survey) - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

How Teachers' Use Of Technology In The Classroom Is Changing (Survey) - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Infographic illustrating about how teachers are using technology to adapt to this new generation of students and how their use of technology in the classroom is changing.

Via EDTC@UTB
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Of course, more and more teachers are using technology today, and any survey will show how active technology, or interactive technology is gaining precendance over static technology. Technology is not just the projector and the white board, rather it is much more than that. While the use of powerpoint and word might be on the decline, current use of technology is aimed at developing online surveys, blogs, google spreadsheets, and google docs. My mentor checks answer sheets, and thesis papers online. She does this for multiple drafts as competently as if she were checking notebooks! The effective use of technology however also depends on back end support from the organisation and institution that encourages the use of technology. This includes software and hardware support to teachers who adhere to the BYOD concept. I have known of organisations that restrict updates of operating systems and antivirus software because they feel that updates might eat into bandwidth. Unfortunately, the BYOD devices of the teachers started to give trouble as lack of updates and patches were not available on time.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 20, 5:44 PM

These changes will have an on-going impact. It will be interesting to see how different education looks in just a few years and how the upward--towards college and the work place--and downward--fro college and the work place--influences will inform each other.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 20, 9:10 PM

In all of this, the role of the teacher remains vital and keeps evolving.

 

@ivon_ehd1

M. Fagot-Karcher's curator insight, March 21, 5:08 AM

I agree with that, very interesting

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Stop Distinguishing Between Execution and Strategy

Stop Distinguishing Between Execution and Strategy | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Consider the recent article, “Why Strategy Execution Unravels — and What to Do About It“ by Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes, and Charles Sull, in the March 2015 issue of HBR.  Articles like this are well meaning and all set out to overcome the shortfalls of “execution.” But they all fail, including this one, and for the same reason: you can’t prescribe a fix for something that you can’t describe. And no one can describe “strategy execution” in a way that does not conflict with “strategy.”

 

Blaming poor execution for the failure of your “brilliant” strategy is a part of what I’ve termed “The Execution Trap” — how “brilliant” can your strategy really be if it wasn’t implementable?

 

 


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Both are distinct and yet complement each other. It goes without saying that strategy precedes executions!

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 17, 7:27 PM

It’s impossible to have a good strategy poorly executed. That’s because execution actually is strategy – trying to separate the two only leads to confusion.

Ian Berry's curator insight, March 19, 12:16 AM

I have a totally opposite view What I've learned from my clients doing is that thinking about strategy and execution at the same thing is a recipe for disaster. Sure they're are inextricably linked, They are two sides of the coin and yet vastly different. In simple terms strategy is about how you're going to move from here to there and execution is about who will do what, and when. You need to be well aware of capability when thinking about strategy. Developing your execution plan and enabling each of your employees to create and own their unique piece is a different exercise to creating the strategy which if its to be the right strategy needs employee and other stakeholders input too

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12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations

12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Presentations have an important place in the corporate world. Whether presenting product releases or quarterly year reports, a nicely designed presentation captivates the audience. It increases the audience's interaction and interest. A well weaved narration of information in form of a presentation, can instill life to a plain and boring topic as well.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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These are a few tools that will help to make powerfu presentations. We may not have to limit ourselves to Powerpoint presentations but instead can explore other options that are equally powerful!

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 15, 5:56 PM

Some excellent tips on how to make your presentations stand out from the crowd.

Silvan Pan Morel's curator insight, March 15, 11:51 PM

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Debunking the Myth about a Creative Destruction of Higher Education with Technology as the Driver

Debunking the Myth about a Creative Destruction of Higher Education  with Technology as the Driver | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
A variety of commentators are suggesting we are witnessing a major transformation in higher education.
Thomas Friedman, of the New York Times, has written that he sees the end of the university as we

Via Leona Ungerer
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I would agree with the writer's point of view, ultimately it is not technology that be a driving force in the transformation of education, higher education, rather it is the teacher, a well trained and skilled teacher who is the driving force behind transformation. It makes commmercial sense for business houses to invest more on technology rather than on the training of a skilled workforce especially when they begin to suffer from high levels of attrition. We have moved from back boards to green boards and on to white boards, but whether this has made a significant  to pedagogy is debatable. I have known of more cases of misuse of technology than postitive use, say in cases when more movies are shown in class than is requiered, and cases where powerpoints are merely a replacement for class lecture notes! One needs to see whether it is technology that will help the education industry move out of a state of stasis or it is the humble human factor, the teacher!

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malek's comment, March 11, 8:31 AM
It's the “mismatch” problem manifested in underemployment
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Why Sleep Is a Strategic Resource

Why Sleep Is a Strategic Resource | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
What do PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Martha Stewart have in common? They don’t need much sleep; it has been publicly reported that each regularly gets only six hours of sleep or less per night. By discussing their ability to get by with little sleep, these executives are serving as role models for a norm that a full night’s sleep is optional, even a luxury, if you want to get ahead in business.

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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This article raises the issue of sleep deprivation, and as a teacher of senior grade students, it has always been a debate as to how many hours of sleep one really requires. My students suggest six hours, my wife says six hours, I feel, seven to eight hours. My father suggests eight hours for growing up children, six hours four grown up male adults, and seven hours for adult women. Fact of the matter is that this is a subjective question and the amount of sleep required to tide over sleep deprivation will depend from person to person, job profile to job profile and Geography. I have known of students literally breaking down because of sleep deprivation resulting from the need to attend coaching classes after school. Hitler himself might have been a victim of sleep deprivation towards the end of his office which is why he began making some of the most absurd decisions. Top executives of Multinational companies probably don't sleep at all, the same might be the case for Principals, Directors and Managers of Institutions. Some how the culture of working 24X7, increasing productivity, and output is something which goes against human nature. I have known of employees yawning and nodding off to sleep in the midst of a board meeting during the 'quintessential' stay-backs. Perhaps one solution for the problem of sleep deprivation could be to introduce a mandatory 'rest period' of half an hour in the middle of the daily routine where employees can go off into deep rest assisted by a conducive music and suitable ambiance within the organization.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 4, 2:50 AM

Research shows that sleep deprivation has a number of consequences that can affect work performance negatively. So why do so many modern workplaces condone practices that are not conducive to healthy sleep schedules?

Sudhir Hira's curator insight, March 4, 5:32 AM

We hear you - loud and clear!

Kimberly Kline's curator insight, March 4, 4:48 PM

Lack of sleep effects your productivity, problem-solving skills, health, happiness and so much more.  Just because you CAN function on less than adequate sleep does not mean you should!

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Gaming in Education: Gamification?

Gaming in Education: Gamification? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
My most popular posts for TheEdublogger (arguably THE most popular posts ;P ) have been centered on the use of games and gaming within the education system. Since I've covered a few of the big play...

Via Leona Ungerer
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Gamification is an important method for making the learning of important but abstruse topics simple and interesting. Teachers often resort to gamification albeit unknowingly. Take for example the instance where the teacheri calls out to the student and asks him to demonstrate the concept on the green board. One could also consider the Mock Parliaments, and the Mock United Nations that take place in our schools; aren't they part of gamification?

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Eija Rahkola's curator insight, March 5, 12:22 AM

Kiinnostaa...

Richard Ballard's curator insight, March 15, 11:11 PM

Looks like an interesting article

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55 Hand-Picked Resources to Help You Learn Graphic Design Quickly | Design for Founders

55 Hand-Picked Resources to Help You Learn Graphic Design Quickly | Design for Founders | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

I’d go even a step further and say that the fastest and most effective way of learning is to copy what other people have done. It’s the ultimate “standing on the shoulders of giants” — instead of spending years developing a skill, you can gain it by simply following in the footsteps of professional designers. This is why step-by-step tutorials work so well for learning design.

 

The problem is that as a beginner, you don’t yet know what good design looks like. That’s why I included the top inspiration sites where you can learn to “see” what good design looks like.

 

Weli, I hope this resource comes in handy. If you need a printable, offline .pdf version of this list to tick off all read materials, download it free here:...


Via Jeff Domansky
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I would definitely agree with the writer that the fastest and the most effective way of learning is to copy what other people, especiallly giants in the field are doing. But then copy is a wrong word, the better would be, "stand on their shoulders". 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 26, 2:59 AM

Want to learn graphic design? Here's a list of the best links on the internet to get you started right away.

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 26, 9:59 PM

Great! Love this stuff. Bookmark this site. I did.

MONICA LOPEZ SIEBEN's curator insight, February 27, 5:28 AM

Buenísima recopilación de herramientas de diseño y muy bien comentadas!

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How to Write a Cover Letter: 14 Best Practices for Dramatically Better Job Applications

How to Write a Cover Letter: 14 Best Practices for Dramatically Better Job Applications | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

tThe cover letter is one of the few documents that nearly everyone will have to write at some point in their life. It has been said that the CV is possibly the most important document you will ever write and if this is the case then arguably, the cover letter could be a close second. The good news is that whilst it might seem complex, in truth it is a just a combination of basic principles that need to be included and followed.


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I guess this is something that needs constant brushing up, even if it means we have done some form of it in English class. The format generally followed in India is the block format with the writer's address and the receiver's address coming on the left, and yes, there is the statement of the subject too, which cannot be done without!

 

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 24, 3:45 PM

Here are some ideas for writing a better cover letter.

Trumans's curator insight, February 25, 4:16 PM

As an Executive Search consultant I would advise every candidate to read this. It's right on the money. One other important point to note: if the application asks for a cover letter and you don't supply one, you have failed the first test. 

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Hawking: Stop being so aggressive, humans, or we're finished - CNET

Hawking: Stop being so aggressive, humans, or we're finished - CNET | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Technically Incorrect: Speaking at London's Science Museum, famed physicist Stephen Hawking insists that humans must change their ways and dedicate more to space travel if we want to survive.

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I guess it is time that mankind spent more time in exploring the world around than  in killing each other - this is what Stephen Hawking suggests. It goes without saying that globar terrorism, factionalism, intolerance and divisions on the basis of nationality, creed and ethnicity are sapping  resources that could have been used for improving the lot  of mankind. What we need to do is to spend more on finding a cure for ebola, cancer, aids and to explore ways for growing more food, and enhancing the amount of potable water than killing each other.

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Flexcel Network's curator insight, February 21, 6:37 PM

Aggression could be our downfall...

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11 Tools for Online Presentations, Videos, Animations

11 Tools for Online Presentations, Videos, Animations | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Presentation tools can be helpful for creating content, such as product demonstrations to enhance a shopping experience. Oftentimes, slide presentations can be repurposed from your existing content. And, you can share short presentations on social media sites.

Here is a list of online tools to create and distribute presentations. There are tools to make slides, incorporate video, and utilize animation. All of the tools are simple to use.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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The online tools in this articele can prove to be a boon to writers. While one of these helps with editing and correcting syntactical errors, the other helps provide an idea about the popularity of a particular topic or idea. Another provides information on adwords. I have personally used a few of these online tools, and sure they helped give me an sinsight into the mechanics of writing and publishing. Would certainly recommend these tools to aspiring writers!

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Dean Ryan G. Martin's curator insight, February 20, 12:58 AM

Digital marketing is 80% visual. Your website attracts attention when you regularly upload video and slide presentations in your social media channels.  

wedography42's curator insight, February 24, 2:06 AM

Great information you share,thank u for sharing.......!

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A New Kind of Social Anxiety in the Classroom

A New Kind of Social Anxiety in the Classroom | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
eKids who constantly use phones and computers tend to be more nervous in face-to-face conversations. What can teachers do to help?
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This is scary! Too much dependence on technology, especially smartphones leads to anxiety and depression in adolescants! It is a paradox that the very technology that is meant to facilitate socialising might the cause of social anxiety. Lack of confidence, inability to face others, fear of speaking in the midst of others, wringing of hands, stammering, ...all of these could be exacerbated by excess use of a smartphone.

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