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Five skills that make innovative leaders

In Harvard Business Review, Katherine Graham-Leviss, the founder and president of XBInsight, present the result and analysis of the competency data on nearly 5000 business leaders that the company has collected. The outcome shows that innovative leaders have five skills in common: Manage risk Demonstrate curiosity Lead courageously Seize opportunities Maintain strategic business perspective However, to boost these skills the workplace should work as a creative space with no bureaucratic or other forms of obstacles… Continue reading

Collaborative learning in the working life

Developing problem-solving competence is to a large extent the foundation of learning in the working life. This also means the ability to explore new possibilities and improve the performance. Both when it comes to action as well as interaction. The aim of pedagogy would be to train the student’s entrepreneurial skills in real life situations. The method that often is termed collaborative learning works great for both self-studies as well as for project-based learning in… Continue reading

The Lab – A symbol of the Digital Society and its Learning Part 3

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there is.” Albert Einstein is often connected to this quote. However, these words are included in written sources from 1882. At that time Einstein was three years old. So it is unclear who really was the source of this timeless wisdom that is getting a new dimension in the digital society. Driving-forces of the new dimension Human organisational forms are going from… Continue reading

Entrepreneurship on all levels to adapt to the Digital Age

The term “Industrie 4.0” originates from the high-tech strategy of the German government, which promotes the digitization of manufacturing. The term after the introduction in 2011 rapidly became generally acknowledged and used all over the world. In Germany Industrie 4.0 has been followed by SME 4.0 and Teaching 4.0. Terms that have gained ground and flourished from a more general active entrepreneurial spirit. A favourable mood that calls for an active (and successful) integration of new citizens, a research… Continue reading

Design Thinking for Publishing 4.0 – people-centred evolution

Axel Roesler, Associate Professor in Interactive Design at Washington University, writes on BigThink.com: “… the world of innovation is a world in which humans define what is new and accepted and embraced. So, yes, human interaction is essential when we innovate. And, yes, again, 21stcentury innovation has to be people-friendly.” Good design is thereby an evolution of ideas that are improving human interaction. Where one of the main drivers is technology. Publishing is one of… Continue reading

Setting the Organisation in a Design Thinking and Learning Mood

The Learning Organisation and Design Thinking are two terms that are drivers of the Culture of Modern Organisations. This is a personalised and at the same time collaborative environment that boosts creativity and the general performance.  The general competence that is required to be successful is craftsmanship. Since the box that characterised the former century now is replaced with increasing complexity and openness. The open source movement works as a great role model for such… Continue reading

Most effective LifeLong Learning exercises for Healthy Living

Most effective LifeLong Learning exercises for Healthy Living The best medicine to stay healthy longer, keep and even develop cognitive skills and remain active is to keep on learning new things. It does not necessary has to be on traditional academic courses. But to learn a new skill could be even more effective like learn how to paint. To get involved in a drama class or learn a new language. Dr Ipsit Vahia, director of geriatric… Continue reading

The Power of Internet of Things

The web connected people, now the internet of things is about to do the same with the devices. This development has turned into a hype in media, but what is it really about? Gérald Santucci, Head of the Unit Knowledge Sharing at the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks wrote in 2011: “When objects can sense the environment and communicate, they become powerful tools for understanding complexity and responding to it effectively. Though such smart… Continue reading

Time for learning of free will – Theory and practice

What would happen if you got a 15-20% free space to work on your own projects during your working hours? Google’s 20% time has resulted in, for instance, Gmail among other things, while the outcome of 3M’s 15% time is e.g. the Post-it. However, in order to connect these events and many others, free will must exist. Neuroscientists at Technische Universität Berlin is now conquering the American researcher Benjamin Libet and his many followers’ research from… Continue reading

Business Schools to move into Virtual Reality

Education is one thing, and working life put into practice something else, or is it? Many business schools are now experimenting with virtual reality in order to make the learning experience more authentic to what is waiting outside the doors of the university. Business theory education thereby is complemented with actual training of business skills. Robin Teigland at the Stockholm School of Economics says: “Instead of talking about virtual teams, we could practice being virtual… Continue reading