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Please Stop Ideating

Please Stop Ideating | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Innovation is more about refining the right idea than coming up with new ones.
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How many times have you sat in a meeting where the ideas start flowing and then nothing happens? Innovation is not just about generating more and more new ideas. It is about working on an idea until that idea is transformed into reality. Often it's about taking existing ideas and working them in a different way. This blog argues that for ideation to work it needs to have the right focus - not just on generating an abundance of new ideas, but on capturing existing ideas and doing something with them. While ideating is fun it can be fleeting. Innovation takes work, discipline and persistence.
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Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
The lost art of learning to stand "where we would rather not and expand in ways we never knew we could."

"You gotta be willing to fail…
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Innovation is a hot topic in organisations - it takes resilience to take risks, make mistakes, potentially fail and learn.
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Brain Plasticity: How Experience Changes the Brain

Brain Plasticity: How Experience Changes the Brain | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Brain plasticity, or neuroplasticity, refers to the brain's ability to change as a result of experience. Learn more about these changes and the different types of plasticity in the brain.
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Learning changes our brain, it is an experience of identity which is an amazing thing. And for me it links to my favourite explanation of learning from Jack Mezirow (1990) that learning is about making meaning, making sense, of our experiences. Which means that we are all learning everyday - sometimes big L learning and other times small l learning. And it's all down to our brains structural plasticity.
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Learning Organisations: Why Learning Organisations Work

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A learning organisation is an ethos, a way of being.  And it starts with at the top of the organisation - the senior leaders e.g. the senior leaders / manager / business owner.  Because a learning organisation is about workplace culture hand it is the senior leaders who are the culture generators  For a culture of collaboration, knowledge and excellence then becoming a learning organisation is a great way to go as this article shows us.

 

I spent some time working with a group of senior leaders who were very keen to establish a learning culture, to become a learning organisation.   Recognising their pivotal role in visibly leading a 'learning way of being' was key to the success they had.

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11 Ways To Create More Time To Think

11 Ways To Create More Time To Think | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Odds are you would like to create more time to think about what is important. Here are proven ways to do just that.
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Thinking time - Start your week by planning the space to let it happen
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The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning And Leading

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'...when we work with human nature, and we take care of basic emotional needs, people perform better. Thus it’s a “no brainer” that we learn more about the brain and how to use this cutting edge science to inform the way we lead and live.'
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Narcissism -- to a point -- can make more effective leader, researchers find

Narcissism -- to a point -- can make more effective leader, researchers find | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Although Narcissus himself might not have been able to step away from his reflection in the mirror to get to the office, when it comes to leadership, a moderate amount of narcissism can go a long way.
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This article looks at some current research into the emerging  “positive relationship between narcissism and leader” with some interesting observations about the value of narcissism in moderation.  However, I am not sure about the idea of doing research into the kinds of people who “work well with a narcissistic leader’, particularly with the statement that “there might be a trade-off between narcissistic leaders' needing a subordinate who is confident enough to earn the leader's respect, but also deferential enough to show the leader unwavering admiration."  Could this lead to organisations actively choosing employees that will fit their narcissistic leaders rather than not tolerating the destruction a narcisstic leader can create?

 

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Susan Cain on the Power of Introverts, Live-Illustrated by Molly Crabapple

Susan Cain on the Power of Introverts, Live-Illustrated by Molly Crabapple | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
A necessary antidote to our culture's extreme bias for extraversion.

In this short animated excerpt from Susan Cain's RSA talk, based on
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Lighter side: Productivity tips from Bruce Lee

Lighter side: Productivity tips from Bruce Lee | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Martial arts icon Bruce Lee had some pretty good ideas when it came to increasing productivity.
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While this article has applied an HR lens to 3 of Bruce Lees productivity tips, they are equally salient for learning and development. BE FLEXIBLE: 'empty your mind...be formless, shapeless...be like water my friend' = be open to new ideas, new ways of knowing & doing. For adult learners, with strong life & work experience, this can be the most challenging thing to do - creating the mental space for the possibility of reframing old knowledge. BE AWARE OF YOUR INTERACTIONS. 'To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person'. Learning is an inherently social activity, our brains are wired this way. By your being how are you helping the people around you to learn & develop? THINK AND DO IN EQUAL AMOUNTS. Learning and development should foster reflective (think) practice (do)..
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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
“ The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.” “ Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products. ”Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work. After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.
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Explore – Habits are the prequel to a happy life. If you...

Explore – Habits are the prequel to a happy life. If you... | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Creating a learning habit is one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself. “ Habits are the prequel to a happy life. If you have habits that work for you, you are much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. ” Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness...
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Why Positive Encouragement Works Better Than Criticism

Why Positive Encouragement Works Better Than Criticism | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
According to science it's good to be the nice guy.
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Love the way science gives us the evidence we need to prove what we already know :). In the article they talk about showing empathy as one of the things leaders can do to cultivate an emotionally positive work environment. My question is: is 'showing' empathy enough? Surely you actually want to be empathetic and then share that empathy? So what does those leader who's had an empathy bypass do?
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Brain-savvy leaders: what science has revealed in 2013 | HRZone

Brain-savvy leaders: what science has revealed in 2013 | HRZone | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
What lessons did neuroscience teach us in 2014?
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The Science of How Memory Works

The Science of How Memory Works | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
What the four "slave" systems of the mind have to do with riding a bicycle.

"Whatever becomes of [old memories], in the long intervals of
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Great learning experiences rely on our personal, ever-evolving acquired frames of reference to make meaning and then remember. 'What we do know is that — a quarter-million years after mankind inherited this remarkable organ called the brain — even with all of the tools available to modern science, human memory remains a stunning enigma.' The human brain is an amazing place :)
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Why We Need Answers: The Theory of Cognitive closure

Why We Need Answers: The Theory of Cognitive closure | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
In 2010, the psychologist Jerome Kruglanski looked specifically at the need for cognitive closure as part of the response to terrorism.
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In this article, Maria Konnikova, explores our very human need to make sense of our world  and to create certainty  (= avoid ambiguity), this is known as the need for cognitive closure (NFC).  Konnikova provides some very useful insights into why people are close-minded and why knowledge becomes ‘frozen’ i.e. once something is ‘known’ then it is seen as an enduring, absolute truth.  It makes me think  about the complex workplace cultures we all work in and how people make up stories e.g. the rumours that start when employees hear about a new initiative before it is introduced and how, in the absence of information, people create their own explanations and reasoning (often negative because our brains are more highly tuned to detecting threat than reward) to fill the NFC. 

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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof. Here he shares the science of why storytelling is so uniquely powerful.
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Our brains are wired for stories and stories are an integral part of learning and development.  Many L&D professionals know that the value in group learning comes as much from the stories and conversations the group shares with each other as it does from the whatever the person up the front has to say.  You only have to stand back and watch the group in a break - they will naturally start to tell stories about the work they do, an interesting or challenging job they've done, something their boss said to them etc.   Learning is a social affair, we use stories to make sense of our world and making sense is what learning is all.  The challenge is to harness the positive stories, the stories in the group whic will support the learning, not the stories that undermine...

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How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends.

"Find something more importa
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'This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often'...there's no better way of saying it :)
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Where good ideas come from

Where good ideas come from | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story.
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Innovation is a hot topic for many organisations. This is an illuminating TED talk on the social and temporal nature of ideas. Finishing with the following words, 'chance favours the connected mind'...Love it :)
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Multiple Intelligences Theory & Learning Styles - Science or Quack? - InformED

Multiple Intelligences Theory & Learning Styles - Science or Quack? - InformED | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
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It's interesting the assumptions we make about popularly accepted theories. I am ashamed to say I, like many others, have never thought to question the scientific evidence sitting behind the theories of multiple intelligences and learning styles. Having said that I think my experience in adult learning would say: multiple intelligence theory is a great way to build student confidence. And that the most useful thing about learning styles is to cause us, as teachers, trainers, facilitators, educators to pay attention to the learning experiences we create.
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14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936

14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936 | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
"Write! Writing, to knowledge, is a certified check."

The quest for intellectual growth and self-improvement through education has occupi
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This guide really is timeless, each of the 14 ways they discuss are as relevant today as they were when written. No matter what technology, codification systems, blended learning methodologies we have to use, at the end of the day acquiring and using knowledge is grounded in the human condition.
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The Science of Productivity, Animated

The Science of Productivity, Animated | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
"Studies have found that the most elite violinists in the world generally follow a 90-minute work regime, with a 15- to 20-minute break afte
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A great animation on how to be more productive - make a start, chunk into bite size pieces, understand the energy limitations of your brain so work in energy packets, planned relaxation between focussed effort and stop multitasking! :)
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What storytelling does to our brains

What storytelling does to our brains | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
Storytelling is one of the most overused and underused techniques at the same time. In this post, we are revealing what storytelling does to our brains.
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Stories are a great learning & development technique and it turns out that our brains are wired for them. 'According to Uri Hasson from Princeton, a story is the only way to activate parts in the brain so that a listener turns the story into their own idea and experience.' Used well, stories can create shared understanding, foster new learning (from other peoples experiences), add credibility to theoretical concepts and holed the groups interest and energy. 'By simply telling a story, the woman could plant ideas, thoughts and emotions into the listeners’ brains.' This article discusses some of the brain science behind why people love stories and offers some ideas for how to make use of the power of stories in our every day lives.
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What’s So Special about Mirror Neurons? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

What’s So Special about Mirror Neurons? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
In the early 1990s, a team of neuroscientists at the University of Parma made a surprising discovery: Certain groups of neurons in the brains of macaque ...
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Learning more about “action understanding” hypothesis – that mirror neurons are the neural basis for our ability to understand others’ actions.
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What is in the Future of Learning?

What is in the Future of Learning? | Workplace Learning and Development | Scoop.it
“ Research shows that today’s world is experiencing shifts that are likely to reshape the future landscape of our society; changes which affect how individuals learn and what it is that they should b...”
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Technology continues to have a significant impact on the world we live in, this article makes some interesting observations about what learning will lookmlike in the future. It's interesting that many of the new ways they list are not really that new at all, although they do represent best practice in adult learning and development and so are worth revisiting. It's also important to remember that no matter how fast our technology-driven world becomes, the humble brain has natural limitations and can still only learn as fast as it can learn - technology assisted or not. :). So in the push to generate faster learning don't let speed mean that no real learning happens at all.
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