“Innovation means change, so we have to learn that our students need more than the skills needed to pass the state assessments given every spring. We have to give them tools that will make them productive in their future careers.“
-Kimberly, Innovation in Education: What Does it Mean, What Does it Look Like?
Albert Einstein said, “if I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask…for once I know the proper question to ask, I could solve the problem in less than 5 minutes.” I love this quote because I love questions. I am not talking about simple questions that can be googled or can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” I am talking about questions that require you to analyze a situation, mentally test all outcomes in your mind or questions that leave you with more questions after you have discussed and debated the topic with your peers. Continue reading Can Asking Questions Help You Become a Better Innovator?
Develop Your Passion
“We need to carefully consider what we communicate to people about interests and passions…Parents, teachers, and employers might get the most out of people if they suggest that interests are developed, not simply found.”
-Paul O’Keefe, Yale Psychologist
Before reading Ephrat Levni’s article, “Find Your Passion” is bad advice“, I would always tell my students to “get out there and find your passion, and your destiny awaits you!” I would speak these words with such conviction because this is what I was always told.
Levni’s article was truly an eye-opener. The article suggests that we have to STOP telling our co-workers, students, and even family members to stop seeking their passion and we need to start telling them to DEVELOP their passion.
This is really good advice because as Levni described in the article, your passion isn’t sitting there waiting for you and all the questions to life will be answered once you find it. No, Levni says that you pick your passion and develop it to the best of your ability and keep working at it.
I challenge all of you to STOP trying to find your passion and telling others to do so. Today is the day we tell others (and ourselves) to DEVELOP your passion because this will put you in the driver’s seat and in control of where your future is headed. Click here to enroll in our online training course or here to schedule a LIVE Training for your team so we can work together to DEVELOP your passion.
Will You Matter in 2030?
“Demand for higher cognitive skills such as creativity, critical thinking and decision making, and complex information processing, will grow through 2030 at cumulative double-digit rates.”
-Adam Jezard, The World Economic Forum
I know that 2030 is a long time from now, but it is never too early to start planning for the future. If you have been following iMar Learning Solutions then you already know that 2020 is the year that the way we “work” is scheduled to be impacted the most. A lot of reports originally reported doom and gloom, and there is some truth to that. Here is a list of the Top 20 Jobs that will be eliminated by 2020.
New reports are actually stating that A.I. will create more new jobs than they eliminate, and that is GREAT news. But, do you have the correct skills to land one of these new A.I. created jobs? Skills like creativity, social and emotional intelligence, and creative problem solving will be more important than ever because we need leaders that can navigate the new landscape and lead their respective teams to the promised land. Oliver Cann, Director of Public Engagement for The World Economic Forum, said, “A clear majority of businesses believe that investing in skills, rather than hiring more short-term or virtual workers, is the key to successfully managing disruptions to the labour market for the long term.” Don’t forget to check out the article below to learn more about what you skills you will need to succeed in 2030.
Read More: The 3 Key Skill Sets for the Workers of 2030
The Future is Here
“People are using technology like voice-activated apps and smartphone calendars to enhance their everyday lives and that is also translating to their work,” Cotton says. “As employers, we have to embrace that — how do we give people the opportunity to work from anywhere while still being productive?” writes Pooneh Ghana for WIRED magazine.
Our jobs are no longer constrained to just the brick and mortar office of yesterday. Our office is now online, we meet in chat rooms for meetings, we share project duties through resources like ASANA, and the ability to manage all of this can become a nightmare. Preparation and updating your skills will be the key to success for the future of the workplace, and iMar is here with you every step of the way.
Click to read Pooneh Ghana’s full article for WIRED magazine.
–D. Wesley-IMar Learning Solutions–
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Critical Thinking and Your Future
Here at IMar Learning Solutions, we are always focused on the future and how we can help you improve in your career and self-development. Many writers and bloggers talk about the upcoming changes due to the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a time of doom and gloom. There are numerous articles about the IOT (Internet of Things), 3D printing, automation, and robotics and how all of these technologies will disrupt organizations and cause economic failure. Where others see doom and gloom, IMar Learning sees opportunity. Yes, many will lose their job, but many will grab hold to the famous Latin saying of “carpe diem” and “seize the day!” IMar Learning Solutions’, Critical Thinking Academy‘s purpose is to provide you with the skills and tools needed to improve your soft skills because these are the skills that employers desperately need. Continue reading 3 Reasons to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills Today
“Eventually the existing skills will become outmoded.”
-Jeff Bezos Amazon Ceo
The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall
I did not think that I would live to see the day retail giants like Sears, Kohl’s and Macy’s could not weather the storm that is the result of Hurricane Amazon. These juggernauts have been the cornerstone of retail shopping for decades and now they have met their match. The retail leaders of the past must either adapt to the technological disruptions that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing about or get rolled over. Jeff Bezos, the founder, and CEO of Amazon has planned this take over for a long time and he is finally seeing the fruit of his labor. In his 1997 letter to his investors, Bezos wrote “We believe that a fundamental measure of our success will be the shareholder value we create over the long term. This value will be a direct result of our ability to extend and solidify our current leadership position. The stronger our market leadership, the more powerful our economic model.” A lot of jobs will be lost but with some guidance, many will create opportunities to actually advance their career and prosper from the vast economic changes that many are not focusing on yet, including some government officials. Continue reading #1 Tip to Prosper from the Fall of the Retail Giants
The X-Factor=Soft Skills
If you have been following the wave of changes due to the technological disruptions caused by Industry 4.0 then you know that developing your soft skills is the x-factor for current and future career success. If you have not been paying attention, then you really need to thank God that you stumbled upon this article. But what exactly are soft skills? Lei Han, the founder of Be My Career Coach, defines soft skills as, “skills we use to interact with others at work” and “these are the skills to help us manage self-perception and our reactions to adverse situations.” Don’t let the name fool you because having the right balance of soft skills and technical skills can be what lands you your big promotion. For example, if an employer is debating between hiring you and the candidate that has more technical skill experience, your ability to showcase and highlight your soft skills could possibly be what gives you the competitive edge over your competition.
What Are the Must Have Skills?
Continue reading The 3 Must Have Soft Skills to Impress Your Employer
What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
Understanding history can reveal possible bumps in the road that can hinder or slow your success and since knowledge is power, knowing the history of things can help you make better choices for your future. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has already begun and I want to do my part to help others to survive and prosper, and that only takes a little preparation, and training to bridge any learning gaps.
Continue reading Is Your Resume Ready? The Fourth Industrial Revolution
What is a Digital Badge and Do I Need It?
You have the right to remain silent! Sorry, the digital badge does not give you the right to become an online police officer, although we do need more of those. But, it does give you a competitive edge over your job seeking competition. But, what the heck is a digital badge? Hastac.org defines the digital badge as, “a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments. Open digital badging makes it easy for anyone to issue, earn, and display badges across the web—through an infrastructure that uses shared and open technical standards.”
Continue reading The Power of the Digital Badge
Finding the Job Skills Sweet Spot
In Francesca Levy and Christopher Cannon’s job study, The Bloomberg Job Skills Report: What Recruiters Want, Bloomberg.com asked 1,251 job recruiters at 547 companies about the skills they want that are either rare or they cannot find in employees. Cannon and Levy call these skills the “Sweet Spot Skills” and they are creative problem solving, leadership skills, strategic thinking and communication skills. Continue reading Are You a Victim of the Skills Gap?