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In The Future Will We Work More Or Less?

In The Future Will We Work More Or Less? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
This is a question I get asked quite frequently and it’s been written about and explored for many decades. However, recently this topic is gaining even more momentum as start to explore things such as freelancers, automation, robots, and workplace flexibility. There’s an interesting debate going on around this and in the latest episode of the #futurein5 I explore both sides and share where I think we are headed and why. Keep in mind that we are already starting to see robots and automation entering our workplace and personal lives and we are also starting to see the emergence “smart software” (think IBM Watson) entering our organizations. Personally, I would like and hope to see a world where we indeed work fewer hours but as you will see in the video there’s a big difference between the legal definition of a work-week versus the one that we choose to create for ourselves. Just because we can work fewer hours, will we?
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Doe the future bring more work, or less?  Interesting video from Jacob Morgan @jacobm!

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Why I choose to have less choice

Why I choose to have less choice | Positive futures | Scoop.it
So how should one react to complexity? Schwartz suggests we should limit choice, not extend it. If you are shopping for food, go to supermarkets that are priced simply with a limited range, such as Aldi and Lidl. Recognise and accept complexity – which means accepting that you can never be sure that you’ve made the right choice.

Above all, don’t fall for the old trope of only wanting “the best”. Schwartz calls such people “maximisers” – people who are never happy, because they have expectations that can never be met, since in a world of complexity and unlimited choice there is always a better option. Be a “satisficer” instead – people who are happy to say “that’s good enough”, or “it’ll do”.
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"Choice oppresses us." ~ Barry Schwartz Why? Because there are too many complex choices.  How do you make choices?

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Questioning the Hype About Artificial Intelligence

Questioning the Hype About Artificial Intelligence | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Fresh fears about the singularity have prompted new critiques of what it will mean for humanity.

Via Willy De Backer
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Important topic for 21c, well covered by the Atlantic.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, May 17, 2015 7:41 AM

Excellent analysis in the Atlantic about Artificial Intelligence and the over-optimistic and over-pessimistic narratives about this issue. Great conclusion: "The lesson of AI is not that the light of mind and consciousness is beginning to shine in machines, but rather the dimming of our own lights at the dawn of a new era".

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Having a business purpose beyond profit

Having a business purpose beyond profit | Positive futures | Scoop.it
This may come as a shock but most employees do not leap out of bed in the morning excited by the prospect of making more profit for their organization that day. Profit may motivate senior executives but it rarely does so for the front-line unless they are shareholders too.

No, what motivates employees is feeling connected to the brand promise. That can be “Delivering Happiness” as in the case of Zappos or “saving the planet” as in the case of the World Wild-Life Fund. If you ask employees of Umpqua, the community bank based on Oregon, what their brand promise is, they will tell you “making customers feel dealing with Umpqua was the best thing that happened today”. Quite a tall order for a bank!
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@torbenrick on why businesses with a strong sense of purpose are more successful. Even more true with Millennials!

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How to Play to Your Strengths

How to Play to Your Strengths | Positive futures | Scoop.it
During the past few years, we have developed a powerful tool to help people understand and leverage their individual talents. Called the Reflected Best Self (RBS) exercise, our method allows managers to develop a sense of their “personal best” in order to increase their future potential. The RBS exercise is but one example of new approaches springing from an area of research called positive organizational scholarship (POS). Just as psychologists know that people respond better to praise than to criticism, organizational behavior scholars are finding that when companies focus on positive attributes such as resilience and trust, they can reap impressive bottom-line returns. (For more on this research, see the sidebar “The Positive Organization.”) Thousands of executives, as well as tomorrow’s leaders enrolled in business schools around the world, have completed the RBS exercise.
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The Reflected Best Self exercise for playing to strengths.

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Emotion Revolution - Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Emotion Revolution - Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Emotion Revolution is a joint initiative between the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Born This Way Foundation. Our mission is to empower students to drive the national conversation that charges schools with increasing their focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) to build positive school climates.
High school students: We need to listen and learn from you in order to create schools and communities where you can thrive. Please take the Emotion Revolution survey so your voice is heard!
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Take the Emotion Revolution Survey here! Maybe you'll help change the world!

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Here’s How YOU Can Change The World Just By Being Conscious

Here’s How YOU Can Change The World Just By Being Conscious | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Nikola Tesla said it best: “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think it terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
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Gobbledegook?  Or worth experimentation? What's the harm...?

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Walking the Talk to Well-being

Walking the Talk to Well-being | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Flourishing is a combination of feeling good and functioning well. Walking promotes both. It lifts the mood and enables creative thinking and problem-solving. I’ll leave the final word to Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.

“Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

 
The world’s largest urban walking festival is taking place in Bristol, the European Green Capital, until the 31st May. I am taking part in a walk for well-being on Sunday 17th May. You are welcome to join us in the West Country, UK or maybe organize your own walk for well-being.
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As a recently converted dog walker, I can attest the benefits of the local park!

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Trust Your Intuition

Trust Your Intuition | Positive futures | Scoop.it
An odd feeling in your gut. A subtle sense of foreboding. A funny inkling. A knowing whisper: “steer well away.”

I’m sure you’ve felt those intuitive murmurs yourself. The question is, how often have you trusted them? And those times you didn’t, how did it cost you—professionally, personally, financially or physically?

Beyond our conscious awareness, our “sixth sense” reads minuscule signals   that point us to pay attention to something…or someone. Wired only to perception, our intuition can guide us to making snap decisions we later marvel at. “Somehow I just knew,” people will later say about a hidden danger they just knew to veer away from or an opportunity they spontaneously seized despite knowing little about it.
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In praise of gut feeling and what listening to it can achieve!

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24 Photos That Show That Beauty is Everywhere

24 Photos That Show That Beauty is Everywhere | Positive futures | Scoop.it
With all the heartache, sadness, unfortunate circumstances and destruction that we can find in our lives, it's hard to sometimes see through it all that beauty surrounds us constantly, whether we recognize it or not; it's always there. It's uplifting and smile-inducing to see the good in the hearts of people around the world. That even though there is destruction and sadness, love and beauty will always triumph. 
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'I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains" -Anne Frank. 24 great photos to help you see the beauty, via Chicken Soup for the Soul!

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16 Personality Types

16 Personality Types | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Does your career fit your personality type? Get an overview of the 16 personality types along with a helpful infographic to explain possible career options.
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Good info graphic, but remember - you are not your MBTI profile!
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6 Ways Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone Is Critical To Success

6 Ways Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone Is Critical To Success | Positive futures | Scoop.it
As a women’s career coach and leadership developer, I’ve seen that one of the most damaging things you can do in your career is to stay for years where you’re comfortable. I’ve done it, and what often ensues is that you begin to doubt your value in the marketplace, and wonder if you really have the chops to succeed and thrive outside your current job.  I’ve learned too (the hard way) that no job is secure.  The only thing that is secure in life is you – your spirit, your heart, your talents and gifts, and your ability to contribute at a high level to something that matters to you in life. When you live from that knowledge and experience, you’ll find (and create) gainful, rewarding work no matter where you go, despite the turbulence around you. And to do that, you need to continually push yourself out of your comfort zone.
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Never made a breakthrough without discomfort first!  Key is to focus on learning, before and after.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, May 16, 2015 7:46 AM

Pretty simple  thought leading ..."

push yourself out of your comfort zone.
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How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill

How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill | Positive futures | Scoop.it

An understanding of what exactly constitutes emotional intelligence is important not only because the capacity is so central to leadership but because people strong in some of its elements can be utterly lacking in others, sometimes to disastrous effect.

Still, it is sign that the field is reaching a certain level of maturity that we are beginning to see some counterarguments. Most notably, a Wharton professor, Adam Grant, who in his own research has reported a lack of correlation between scores on tests of emotional intelligence and business results. While Goleman and others contest his methods, Mayer himself pointed out in 2002 HBR article that “emotional intelligence isn’t the only way to attain success as a leader. A brilliant strategist who can maximize profits may be able to hire and keep talented employees even if he or she doesn’t have strong personal connections with them.” But building those strong connections is still probably a safer bet than ignoring them.

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Building connections has to be a critical 21C business, life and community skill.

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, May 1, 2015 6:14 AM

I believe that EI is more than a skill, but more of an understanding of every aspect of leadership or human nature.  At its core, EI is about people and recognizing their emotions and how to channel that energy using the skills of influence to create human energy that results in products, excellent service, innovation, ideas, and profits, to name a few outcomes.

 

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How to Train Yourself to be More Compassionate

How to Train Yourself to be More Compassionate | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Why compassion matters?

We are facing the most challenging time of human history. High inequality, exploitation and destruction of nature, global warming, conflicts and poverty are the inevitable problems of our generation. It’s true that our society and social media reinforce constant competition, self-absorption and greediness in us.

This leads us to question who we are as species. Are we egoistic gratification machines trying to exploit others? Or are we something bigger, greater than that? Recent neuroscientific evidence gives us an answer to these questions. It turns out that experiencing other people’s suffering lits up our brain regions related to pain, while helping other people activates the same brain region as experiencing pleasure and reward in us (Greene et al.,2004; Rilling et al., 2002). These results prove that we already have a seed of compassion in our brain, which is vital to human survival.
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Train yourself to be compassionate and help make the world better.  Only 2 weeks to change your brain, say researchers!

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3 Stories Explain Why I Am Relentlessly, Passionately, and Impatiently Optimistic - Melinda Gates

3 Stories Explain Why I Am Relentlessly, Passionately, and Impatiently Optimistic - Melinda Gates | Positive futures | Scoop.it
After a decade and a half of working on the issues facing the world’s poorest people, I like to call myself an impatient optimist. When I visited rural India last month, I was reminded of all the reasons why.
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Investing in women and girls is the key to accelerating progress — and why I left India more optimistic than ever. Melinda Gates

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The Global Search for Education: Change Leader

The Global Search for Education: Change Leader | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Michael Fullan has been working to identify the right drivers for whole system education reform. His paper, "Choosing the Wrong Drivers for Whole System Reform," has stimulated considerable interest from educators around the world.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Michal Fullan's work is always excellent!

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Jason Smith's curator insight, July 18, 2015 12:08 PM

More change info from Fullan

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To Win People Over, Speak to Their Wants and Needs

To Win People Over, Speak to Their Wants and Needs | Positive futures | Scoop.it
How do you build your capacity for empathy? Exercises can help, and they’re used in many fields. Secret shoppers pose as retail customers and record their observations. Product developers brainstorm use cases and interview consumers to envision how they’ll interact with a product. Negotiators do role-playing to imagine opposing points of view before they get to the table.

Once you’ve started to develop empathy as a skill, you can make it integral to the work you do.
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"If people feel listened to, they become more receptive to your message." ~ Nancy Duarte

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There is Only One Way to Fail in Life.

There is Only One Way to Fail in Life. | Positive futures | Scoop.it
So what is failure then?

I’ll tell you. It’s compromising with life.

We have to take life by the horns and wrestle her to the ground and make love to her. Every moment. Every day.

“This is my life,” we have to growl, reminding ourselves again and again that no matter what old programming, no matter how many lies we were told and shown, we simply refuse to believe that we don’t know, in our blood and our bones and our DNA…how to live.

This is my life. I know how to live it. In every moment I know exactly how to live it.

And there are no rules.
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Beautiful piece on what really matters! I urge you to read it, I welled up...

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 15, 2015 8:13 AM

This is my life. I know how to live it. In every moment I know exactly how to live it. And there are no rules.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, May 16, 2015 7:44 AM

Great piece on making life count...

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 18, 2015 10:11 PM

This takes metaphor, myth, and poetic language and runs with it.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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The 3 Pillars of a Fairer, More Peacful world

The 3 Pillars of a Fairer, More Peacful world | Positive futures | Scoop.it
When I was a boy, my father used to tell us: "You don't hit someone on the head when you have your fingers between his teeth" to remind us that even in dispute we remain bound to each other. In this innocuous proverb lies a wisdom that the world is yet to fully embrace. My long experience has taught me that, whatever our background, what unites us is far greater than what divides us.
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Kofi Annan on a fairer world.

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7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade

7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade | Positive futures | Scoop.it
From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and eerily humanlike robots, the past decade has seen dramatic advances in science and technology. What amazing advances are we likely to see in the next 10 years?

To find out, HuffPost Science reached out to seven top futurists -- and they gave us some pretty surprising predictions.
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Brain-nets? 3D printed houses? 7 futurists predict...HT Irene Becker, @justcoachit

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Talent versus capital in the 21st century

Talent versus capital in the 21st century | Positive futures | Scoop.it
As technology increasingly takes over knowledge-based work, the cognitive skills that are central to today’s education systems will remain important; but behavioral and non-cognitive skills necessary for collaboration, innovation, and problem solving will become essential as well. Today’s schools and universities, which are dominated by approaches to learning that are fundamentally individualistic and competitive in nature, must be redesigned to focus on learning to learn and acquiring the skills needed to collaborate with others. Uniquely human skills, like being able to work in teams, manage relationships, and understand cultural sensitivities will become vital for businesses across all sectors and must become a core component of future generations’ education.

Moreover, with education increasingly becoming a lifelong pursuit, businesses must rethink their role in providing for a competitive workforce. Some companies have already grasped this and are investing in their employees’ continuous learning, re-skilling, and up-skilling. Yet most employers still expect to obtain pre-trained talent from schools, universities, and other companies.
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"Unlocking the world’s latent talent, and thus its full capacity for growth, requires us to look beyond business cycles and quarterly reports." ~ Klaus Schwab

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The Business Books Every 22 Year Old Needs to Read

The Business Books Every 22 Year Old Needs to Read | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I don't know if you've ever gone through this, but four years ago I was going through the what-do-I-want-to-do-with-my-life crisis — and it was hitting me hard. I felt like I was suffocating.

I was desperate to breathe. To breathe a life of adventure, fulfillment, and meaning. Call it youthful optimism, but I wanted to do something big — something that could change the world. I just didn’t know what, or how.

Today, my life has taken a 180-degree turn, and frankly, I have these seven books to thank.
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Good book choice for future leaders.

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Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Some of today's top CEOs were history, political science, sociology, chinese and music majors in college. They are leading global airline, chemical, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and financial companies, among others. There are very practical reasons for a Liberal Arts degree, and Samanee Mahbub (Brown '18) thinks the reasons are crystal clear.  Let's hear it from her. 
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Remember, the CEO of Goldman Sachs is a government major. Via @dscofield

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Leadership 2050 – What Qualities Will We Need?

Leadership 2050 – What Qualities Will We Need? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The qualities of effective leadership can be paradoxical—requiring effective leaders to be passionate and unbiased, detailed and strategic, hard driving and sustainable, fact-focused and intuitive, self-confident and selfless—often at the same time. Such complexity is rarely found in leaders even under optimal conditions. As we move toward 2050, new contexts and conditions are poised to emerge that will create challenges beyond the abilities of most leaders or any single nation to manage. This powerful contextual shift—a time of great stress and constraint—has the potential to drive a new and more complex stage of human culture and consciousness to meet these challenges.
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What does leadership look like in 2050?

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Conquer Your Nerves Before Your Presentation

Conquer Your Nerves Before Your Presentation | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You know the feeling: You’re about to give a big presentation (maybe it’s not even that big), and your nerves set in. You feel pressure in your chest. Your breathing gets shallow. Your blood pressure increases. And suddenly it seems inevitable that you’re going to mess this up — and everyone will see.

There’s an evolutionary reason why you feel this way. It used to be that the increased adrenaline and cortisol pumping through your system in times of stress helped us flee or fight in the face of predators. In business, the threats to our well-being are largely psychological instead of physical — yet, our bodies fail to differentiate significantly between the two.

While there is some difference in how the brain processes physical and social pain, our neurological response to getting pinched, for example, is strikingly similar our response to rejection. And since public speaking offers us the opportunity to face rejection on a grand scale, it’s no wonder that some people fear it worse than death.

Though these reactions are deeply engrained, it is possible to overcome them.
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Useful tips for stressful situations in general!

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