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Continuous Learning

Power skills for the future of work

Thinking like robots

Today I spent the morning on a video call with my website design team in New Delhi. Then I had my daily stand-up with my operations manager in Amsterdam to design work processes and problem-solve for the week ahead. Later I had Slack conversations with my virtual assistants spread out across Bangladesh and my animator …

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Seven essays to improve your thinking in 2020

Every year I save dozens of articles for offline reading in Instapaper. This year I did a review of them for the first time. The best ones are timeless essays from independent online writers that helped me improve my thinking. Here are my top seven to help you decide what to read in 2020 to …

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How to channel your energy for positive outcomes

I waited nervously as we went around the room to introduce ourselves. We were sitting around a large conference table. A room full of founders, CEOs, entrepreneurs. High achievers. I don’t know why I was nervous. I am the founder of two companies. I fit in here. But it got worse as my turn got …

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5 Things we can learn from cricket

What happened next made no sense. It was Test match 3 of 5 in a series that decides the oldest rivalry in cricket, England vs Australia. England were 0-1 down. Defeat would make it 0-2, with two to play. Needing to win the series outright to win the trophy back from the Australians, they could …

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What boats, tanks and bicycles teach you about OODA

I wrote about the OODA Loop and how we can improve L&D by adopting a continuous cycle of Observe, Orient, Decide and Act to extract knowledge that already exists in the organization and make it constantly available to people. This is the opposite of the old way of teaching which required rote memorization of static …

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The OODA Loop: a simple way to improve L&D

Our education system is broken in that we are still teaching for rote memorization. This is crazy in the age of Google and Wikipedia. Today I want to introduce a simple way to start changing this.   Have you ever heard of the OODA loop?  U.S. Air Force Colonel John Boyd is widely recognized as the …

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3 steps to connect your employees to the knowledge that’s already there

Making knowledge workers productive requires changes in attitude, not only on the part of the individual knowledge worker, but on the part of the whole organization. There are three more guidelines that Peter Drucker shared to broaden the scope of continuous learning beyond the individual to consider the broader organization.  These are: Knowledge workers should …

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What if we don’t train them… and they stay?

In my last blog post, I introduced the ideas of Peter Drucker, that I came across in a compilation of his work. One of the entries addressed his insight into knowledge workers as mobile assets. I share my thoughts in this short video. According to Drucker, increasing the productivity of the knowledge worker requires addressing …

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