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Is It Time to Rethink Leadership Development

Is It Time to Rethink Leadership Development | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
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update your leadership and your organization’s leadership development strategy by incorporating three ARC-supportive leadership competencies:
 

  1. Encourage autonomy.
  2. Deepen relatedness.
  3. Build competence.
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The 1 Peer Feedback Technique That Will Dramatically Improve Your Work

The 1 Peer Feedback Technique That Will Dramatically Improve Your Work | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
In just 30 minutes, you can get peers to challenge your ideas and inspire new ones.
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A challenging, but powerful way to work out loud, sharing your work with others and inviting feedback that can help you take your work further faster

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Reflections on Journaling for 25 Years

Reflections on Journaling for 25 Years | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
When I sit down with my journal, I’m subconsciously asking myself, “what do I need today?”
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An excellent overview of how one person approaches journaling and the benefits it provides.

 

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How Do We Grow? By Reaching Beyond Ourselves – Natali Morad –

It’s easy to say that it was when I was traveling, or in college, or even when I first moved to Israel. Even more importantly, how can I experience more moments of growth in my day to day? Where do…
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Real growth happens by reaching beyond yourself. This means having compassion for someone when they don’t ‘deserve’ it.

In short, it means overcoming your ego — the desire to assert yourself, to prove that you are right. Every interaction is an opportunity for growth. Apply deliberate practice to these interactions:

  1. Every Interaction is an Opportunity to Grow: This is a game changer. I’ve started to view every interaction as a ‘test’ — an opportunity to either reach beyond myself, or not — and it makes a difference. Just try it.
  2. Be Ready for the Test: Before I enter a difficult interaction, i.e. a conversation I know may lead to anger, I tell myself to ‘Be ready for the test”. It’s not magic, but it does help me view this interaction as an opportunity.
  3. Breathe: During difficult situations (with a partner, colleagues, etc.) I tell myself to breathe before speaking. To take my time, to pause. Again, very far from magic, but it helps.
  4. Recap: After difficult interactions I assess how ‘well’ I did. Was I as kind as I could have been? Did I help the other person feel seen and understood?
  5. Celebrate: This stuff is hard as hell. Most of the time I fail miserably. Most of the time I curse this ‘reaching beyond yourself’ sh*t and wallow in self righteousness. But sometimes I don’t. And when I manage to ‘reach beyond myself’ — I celebrate this victory. And it feels good, and it gives me the confidence to try even harder next time.
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Learning agility - a highly prized quality in today’s marketplace - Korn Ferry Focus

Learning agility - a highly prized quality in today’s marketplace - Korn Ferry Focus | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
In today's volatile, fast-paced marketplace, there is one professional attribute that has become highly prized: Learning Agility.
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9 Techniques To Achieve Learning Agility And Future-Proof Yourself In An Age Of Disruption - eLearning Industry

9 Techniques To Achieve Learning Agility And Future-Proof Yourself In An Age Of Disruption - eLearning Industry | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
Wondering how you can Achieve Learning Agility? Check 9 techniques to help you reach the ultimate Learning Agility and adapt your way to volatility.
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Great strategies to develop learning agility and future proof your career. The tips all come from the Learn2Learn app - download it and integrate it into your practice.

 

An additional practice/skill I would encourage people to adopt, which also serves an an enabler of many of the techniques discussed in the article is the ability to step away from the dance floor to spend time on the balcony. The balcony perspective, helps you make time and space to reflect, make sense of your environment and identify where/how to best proceed (nudge forward). It is a skill for dealing with complexity and speed - two factors influencing the future of work. Mastering this skill will help us learn, adapt and thrive. You can read more about it here - https://hbr.org/2002/06/a-survival-guide-for-leaders ;

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How to practice mindful working

How to practice mindful working | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
Among the most significant qualities demonstrated by effective leaders is the ability to make meaning of their experiences by interpreting the deeper insights that can be gained from daily interactions in the workplace, especially when times are challenging.
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Some practical tips for mindful work practices

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NINE THINGS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO DIFFERENTLY - by Heidi Grant Halvorson

An animated book review of "9 Things Successful People Do Differently" by Heidi Grant Halvorson Get the book : (Amazon US) http://bit.ly/JJ9ThingsUS Get th
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'Focus on getting better rather than being good', plus eight other things successful people do (differently). Here is the link to the supporting HBR article - 

https://hbr.org/2011/02/nine-things-successful-people

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Talent Takes Effort | AmCham Belgium

Talent Takes Effort | AmCham Belgium | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
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Some good points and tips around learning agility and the behaviours that make growth mindsets and agility visible.

 

Learning agility can be defined as: the ability and willingness to learn from experience and subsequently apply that learning to perform successfully under new or first-time conditions.
- Swisher, Hallenbeck, Orr, Eichinger Lombardo & Capretta

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In Real Life: Self-Directed Learning Can Only Work If…

In Real Life: Self-Directed Learning Can Only Work If… | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
Why self-directed learning? Why now? Here are six considerations L&D must address before venturing down the path of strategic self-directed learning.
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"Employees will take it upon themselves to solve problems and develop their skills regardless of support they receive from L&D. We must accept this as the not-so-new normal and adjust our strategies accordingly. We must let go of our implausible ownership of the learning process and instead enable autonomous learning through clear expectations, consistent feedback, and accessible resources. People have always self-directed their learning. L&D just hasn’t always been there to help out.”

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Making the invisible visible

What does it mean to get underneath the stories we’re telling ourselves?

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Love the examples in this that explain Object versus Subject. Another useful resource to help people understand the Balcony and Dance Floor and develop the skills to move freely between them both.

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Working out loud « Simon Terry

Posts about Working out loud written by simongterry
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A rich library of ideas on working out loud...

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re:Work - In a deluge of data look for surprises, not confirmation

re:Work - In a deluge of data look for surprises, not confirmation | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
Have you ever tried to find a clear pathway but ended up drowning in data that seem to make everything more murky instead of less? Before you dive into data collection, try a bit of question reflection to make sure you understand what sorts of data will, and won’t, be useful.
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I've been talking a lot about adaptive (complex) versus technical (complicated) problems and the importance of balcony and dance floor perspectives (Heifetz & Laurie) in helping understand, sense-make and respond. This article shows some of the simple ways to do it. I really like the difference between listening to learn (understand, sense-make) versus listening to win (or solve). 

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Double Loop Learning: Download New Skills and Information into Your Brain

Double Loop Learning: Download New Skills and Information into Your Brain | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
We're taught single loop learning from the time we are in grade school, but there's a better way. Double loop learning is the quickest and most efficient way to learn anything that you want to "stick."
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Many of us are so focused on solving problems as they arise that we don’t take the time to reflect on them after we’ve dealt with them, and this omission dramatically limits our ability to learn from the experiences. 

 

Double loop learning is the key to turning experience into improvements, information into action, and conversations into progress. Key questions:

 

  • What is the current theory in use?
  • How does it differ from proposed strategies and goals?
  • What unspoken rules are being followed, and are they detrimental?
  • What could change, and how?
  • Forget the details; what’s the bigger picture?
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The Benefits of Admitting When You Don’t Know

The Benefits of Admitting When You Don’t Know | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
We all might be a bit better off by learning to say “I disagree with myself” every now and then.
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Intellectual Humility and growth mindset

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Waiting

Waiting | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
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Waiting as an opportunity to practice gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. An opportunity to get up on the balcony.

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The Myth of The Learning Organisation

The Myth of The Learning Organisation | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
It would be easy to conclude that The Learning Organisation is a fantasy. Global financing and market pressures will never allow such a concept to really happen. Shareholders will always take the s…
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The inherent strength of the system and the challenges of influencing, nudging and changing the system. The power of networks in creating the learning organisation.

 

This related article from Harold Jarche is also useful - http://jarche.com/2012/05/the-learning-organization-an-often-described-but-seldom-observed-phenomenon/

 

“The central change with Enterprise 2.0 and ideas of managing knowledge [is] not managing knowledge anymore — get out of the way, let people do what they want to do, and harvest the stuff that emerges from it because good stuff will emerge. So, it’s been a fairly deep shift in thinking about how to capture and organize and manage knowledge in an organization.” —Andy McAfee

 

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Grief and growth at work – Lois Kelly – Medium

All change involves loss and some degree of grief, but we rarely help people — or ourselves — process loss at work. Never mind learn ways to recover and become stronger. Losing a job. Losing work…
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Post-traumatic growth and processing of loss in the working environment.

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Ditch Performance Reviews with Easy Employee Feedback Examples

Ditch Performance Reviews with Easy Employee Feedback Examples | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
Our easy to use employee feedback examples provide you with the tools to give effective feedback and kick outdated performance reviews to the curb.
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This Culture Amp article has a really good overview of the why, how and what of feedback - good language, framing and examples to draw on. The title speaks to ditching performance reviews, but this isn't really explored.

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Cognitive bias cheat sheet, simplified – Thinking Is Hard – Medium

Cognitive bias cheat sheet, simplified – Thinking Is Hard – Medium | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
Here are the 4 conundrums in the universe that limit our own intelligence and the intelligence of every other person, collective, organism, machine, alien, or imaginable god.
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There are 4 qualities of the universe that limit our own intelligence and the intelligence of every other person, collective, organism, machine, alien, or imaginable god. All 200ish of our known biases are attempts to work around these conundrums!

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Developing Personal Learning Networks – Resources

Developing Personal Learning Networks – Resources | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
People are not learning exclusively from conventional sources like courses and classrooms. In truth we never did, but there’s a growing awareness of the small percentage of learning that come…
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A curated set of resources (David Kelly does an amazing job of curating and sharing generously) to help people explore what a PLN is, how they can build one and the role/benefits of PLNs to individuals and organisations.

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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
This article explains why the path of Lifelong Learning improves your odds of success and how you can test knowledge that you acquire along the way.
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A lovely article about the value of lifelong learning. The article also made me think about the fears and excuses people might use to justify maintaining the comfort/ease of the status quo (their immunity to change/growth), rather than embracing the productive discomfort of continuous learning.

 

'Resolving early in life to have a continuous learning mindset is not only more interesting than the passive alternative, it is also remarkably powerful. Choosing lifelong learning is one of the few good choices that can make a big difference in our lives, giving us an enormous advantage when practised over a long period of time'.

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Navigating the future of work: Can we point business, workers, and social institutions in the same direction?

Navigating the future of work: Can we point business, workers, and social institutions in the same direction? | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
​From the individual 9-to-5 workday to how entire industries function, work is changing faster than ever. Big shifts threaten to create massive societal and economic disruption unless we look seriously at making the future of work productive and rewarding for everyone.
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A good overview of the potential scenarios that comprise future work and the implications for individuals and organisations. I like the simple framework and can see how you could adapt this for your own internal plans to shape future work (i.e. for a sales organisation)

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Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (113 Models Explained)

Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (113 Models Explained) | Learning and Working | Scoop.it
The smartest people in the world use mental models to solve difficult problems, avoid stupidity, increase productivity, and free up time.
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I am Bailey. I am a Modern Professional Learner. – Modern Workplace Learning Magazine

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A fantastic slideshare that clearly and simply explains the modern worker and how they use and access resources (including people and networks) to do their job, to respond to challenges they face along the way and to support and challenge them to continually improve and adapt.

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