I find myself coming back to learning again and again these days. Some people say that planning is learning
. Some say that change is learning
and learning is change. Some say that the meaning of life itself is to learn. I've used learning as one of 6 core values that changes a good … Continue Reading ››
There's a very important talent, a discipline, that is almost totally ignored these days: Silence and solitude.
We're talkers. We speak, argue, discuss, put forth. We seem to express ourselves mostly by what we do and say, and we measure others by the same yardstick. But there is a value in silence and solitude … Continue Reading ››
I always thought that the really big companies were immortal. That once an organization attained a certain size, it would last forever, barring some catastrophic event or weird fluke. But it turns out, that the average life span of Fortune 500 companies is under 50 years!
Arie de Geus pioneered a study at Shell that uncovered … Continue Reading ››
The fifth discipline
by Peter Senge is probably the most influential book on learning organizations. It laid the theoretical groundwork for creating learning organizations by defining five essential skills: Systems thinking, personal mastery, mental models, shared vision and team learning.
The Fifth discipline fieldbook
follows up on the theory, and offers a wealth of … Continue Reading ››
Appreciative Inquiry is an extremely effective and fun method for introducing positive change. It bases itself on the assumption that improvement can be achieved by focusing on the positive and doing more of that. Normally when we try to improve something, we do the opposite. We focus on what doesn't work, and try do less … Continue Reading ››
There are many different theories about learning, but not a single one of them states, that the best way to learn, is to sit passively on a chair, while a teacher talks about the subject in question. No theory ever in the history of the world has claimed it, and yet this is how schools, … Continue Reading ››
I have a confession: A friend told me about this exercise, and I'm afraid that she heard about it on Oprah... But hey, It's still good.
Anyway, it's about creating a daily positive space for reflection. Try it!
It's terribly simple. Get yourself a journal, or open a new file on your computer. … Continue Reading ››
This "Handbook on meeting people with a purpose
" by Dale Hunter, Anne Bailey and Bill Taylor weighs in at a little under 200 pages, but it is packed with useful information. I bought it on amazon mainly because the title made me curious, and it was a quick and interesting read.
There isn't much earth-shattering … Continue Reading ››
The fifth discipline
by Peter M. Senge is one of those books that truly make a difference. It is referred to in many different contexts, and it played an important role in shaping the concepts of the learning organization.
He uses a cool analogy, and compares it to the first succesful commercial airplane the … Continue Reading ››