Archive for January, 2011

Bring on the learning revolution!

Four years after his celebrated talk on how mainstream education lets down businesses and the next generation workforce, internationally recognized guru, Sir Ken Robinson, wonders why we have a crisis of human resources where so many people learn to endure rather than enjoy what they do.

This is a philosophical piece, punctuated by humour… but for all true business leaders, it’s worth the journey.

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3 ways the brain creates meaning.

Three different areas of the brain help us understand words, images, feelings and the connections between them. So, how can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas?

Recognized thought-leader and award-winning innovator, Tom Wujec, is a pioneer in business visualization; this emerging practice uses images, sketches and data-driven infographics to help teams solve complex problems.
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Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team.

How do you build teams that achieve?
What improves performance and what kills it?

Tom Wujec is a Fellow in a company whose world leading technology serves the design, engineering and entertainment industries.  The task he sets is simple, quick and encourages deep learning regarding collaboration, innovation and creativity.

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Changing Education Paradigms.

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with something original.

Business leaders know what they want from the next generation workforce. Yet mainstream education continues to suffer complaints of low student achievement and employees who aren’t ready for the job.

Internationally recognized guru, Sir Ken Robinson, has penned Government education reports and was central to the Northern Ireland Peace Process regarding its economic development strategy. If that isn’t enough, he was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its plan to become the creative hub of South East Asia.

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Are we all hard-wired to be selfish and is ‘survival of the fittest’ our true default?

Neuroscience contradicts this mantra and shows that the empathy we feel for others can drive our understanding of leadership. When the boss gets angry, the whole workforce reacts to the tension in the room. But leaders can motivate when they connect better with staff, using collaboration as a tool for success. It’s the opposite of our belief that business only wants ‘profit at any cost,’ a view that is wrecking our social structures and our world economy.

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