As far as workplace culture goes, transparency is still a fairly new concept. After decades of closed doors and strict manager hierarchy, organizations are finally starting to open their doors and collaborate across departments. For good reason, too: Transparency at work has a proven track record of helping employees feel better-connected to management, feel more heard, and improve levels of trust across the board.
When you think about great leaders, what personality traits come to mind? Probably admirable characteristics such as charisma, leadership skills, excellent communication skills, and personal drive. But one trait that you might not consider is one that doesn’t always get a lot of respect: Humility.
Since the dawn of well, business, entrepreneurship has been the gold standard for true innovation. Entrepreneurs–the fearless few who innovate, collaborate, and create jobs for others–are both tasked and credited with some of the greatest revolutions of our time. But why should entrepreneurs (and their small businesses) reap all the benefits of agility, nimbleness, and creativity?
Love him or hate him, you might actually learn something about engagement from Donald Trump: At least, if you work in market research. A Ph.D. student recently used Trump as fodder for measuring brain activity during certain stimulus. After hooking up participants to brain scan monitors, Sam Barnett of Northwestern University showed subjects clips of a recent Republican debate and measured brain activity throughout. The results? When Trump was speaking, there was a notable spike in brain activity.
In some ways, the learning industry evolves quickly and trends change all of the time (like these 3 trends we found earlier in the year). But in other ways, it’s not changing fast enough. Innovation in leadership development, employee development, and education is the lifeblood of staying current and competitive in today’s corporate landscape, and it’s up to learning leaders like you to drive that change.
From a small startup conference in 1984 to a learning powerhouse in 2016, TED leads the way when it comes to shaping opinions and sharing ideas. Basically, it’s L&D pro’s dream, making thousands of bite-sized, hyper-digestible videos available for free to help round out courses and make eLearning possible.
The American philosopher Eric Hoffer said “In times of change, learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
In short, it’s those who are primed to learn and ready to adapt that have the best chance at success.
Today, we call that ability to learn and grow quickly “learning agility,” and it’s a characteristic of some of the greatest minds of our generation. Proving that you can quickly adapt to new ideas separates the true visionaries from those that are simply content to exist in their current state; resting on their current knowledge and relying on old information to coast through their careers.
Pedagogy vs. Andragogy
Andragogy refers to the methods and approaches used in adult education and is directed towards self-actualization, gaining experience, and problem-solving. In contrast, pedagogy is an education method in which the learner is dependent on the teacher for guidance, evaluation, and acquisition of knowledge.
A decade has gone by since Millennials have begun our conquest of the job market. We now seek impactful leadership roles, and more than half of us do it for purpose.
Happiness is no longer expected only from our personal life; we want our professions to be fulfilling, too. For Millennials, the line between work and personal life is thinner. Our goal is not only to personally gain from our work, but also to be an agent of change and social impact.