Use it or lose it

In this time of change, what skills and processes are you and your team using more than you used to? What have you stopped doing? If any of the things you’ve stopped doing are going to be important when things go forward (not back) to (the new) normal, find ways to start doing them again. If it’s impossible to do…

Competent

Maybe you think of yourself as competent, or maybe you don’t. Self-talk I tend to say things to myself like: I can do this. I could do that. I could do that, too, if I spent some time learning how. I understand how this works, even if I’m sketchy on the details. I’m not doing this very well in this…

David Epstein on kind and wicked learning environments

These are terms used by psychologist Robin Hogarth, and what a “kind” learning environment is, is one where patterns recur, ideally a situation is constrained – so a chessboard with very rigid rules and a literal board is very constrained – and importantly, every time you do something you get feedback that is totally obvious, all the information is available,…

Good enough to enjoy it

Running is unpleasant until you get fit. Swimming is the struggle to avoid drowning, until you can swim. Writing of any kind can be a horrible sort of trudge through fog until you’ve done it enough to trust the process and it becomes an interesting trudge through fog. Learning to play an instrument is a lot less fun than making…

Five Questions: Victoria Patience

1) Introduce yourself: who are you, what do you do, and why is it important? My name’s Victoria Patience. I’m a freelance Spanish-to-English translator and author’s editor, and am also a mother, reader, cook, runner, lapsed cargo-biker, and on-off vegetable grower. Professionally, I help Spanish-speaking government organizations, nonprofits and researchers communicate effectively with English-speaking audiences. Most of my translation and…

Education for the future: Key tools

Here are some tools that don’t go out of date: Tools for thinking, learning and understanding (the tools that help you acquire new tools); Tools for communicating and teaching (the tools that help you find and enlist others in your work, and help them to learn new tools); Tools for planning, organising and leading (tools that enable you to work…

Other hard starts

Loads of things are hard to start: Running doesn’t start feeling good until you’ve done it quite a lot Same goes for swimming Learning to play music (only easy if you hold yourself accountable to the standard of ‘A Tune a Day’ and not Mozart, which is exactly the point) Or learning a new language Asking someone out Developing most…