Leadership trends

Beyond a Playbook

Wouldn’t it be great if we could go to a workshop, read a book or check out a blog and it told us how to do things in uncertain times? A recipe or playbook? Unfortunately there is no playbook to get us through these complex times. We just needed to figure out as we went. That is why being adaptive is key.

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Unlearning: Is it a thing?

I keep coming back to this idea of unlearning. Some of my colleagues say there isn’t such a thing – it is all part of the learning process. I have a different viewpoint. Unlearning is a critical skill needed for us to survive as individuals and as a species. It is a deliberate act that seeks to make changes to our thinking, our actions and our being. In a world of great uncertainty where pandemics, extreme weather patterns and climate change are accelerating we need to sit back, reflect and take deliberate action. That is, we need to unlearn.

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Learning Futures: Ōtautahi in Action

My passion for futures thinking began when I was 19. I was a student, working on weekends and holidays to fund my teacher training. One Saturday an American visitor started a conversation with me, a conversation about aspirations for the future. During my lunch hour he presented me with a book that has continued to impact me throughout the decades. That book was of course, Future Shock.

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Reflections on The Future is Now

Like many, I have been wondering what the future might hold. I am inundated with ideas, resources and online meetings and with this comes the need to sensemake. I like to sit back and draw on some of the credible sources of information and then synthesise by writing and connecting ideas. This post is my synthesis of a recent discussion paper, The Future is Now: Implications of COVID-19 for New Zealand released in April 2020 by Koi Tū. In this article, written by Sir Peter Gluckman and Dr Anne Bardsley, there were some key themes that stood out for me.

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Future of Learning 2019 Reflections

The Future of Learning conference 2019 is now over but the real work is yet to begin. At the end of the conference I challenged people to #acceptthenudge and to take action. After attending a conference it is important to percolate ideas, to follow up with new relationships and to dig more deeply into  areas of particular interest. If we all make one small positive change we can gain collective momentum. So here are some of the links to my conference notes and presentations. I hope they jog you into action…

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The X-shaped Learner

There is an emerging conversation around the X-shaped learner, what it is and what the implications might be. I have been following this conversation for some time as I have previously referred to the T-shaped learner to illustrate the changing focus towards a broader range of transferable skills or skill clusters to be prepared for a changing world. In this blogpost I have attempted to summarise the changing nature of learning, talent and workers and to share some of the links that I have found particularly useful in exploring new horizons as an X-shaped learner.

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