Weekend Building Blocks - 21 APR 2017



There's no value in collecting blocks unless you're connecting them to build something awesome!

Here's what I've picked up this week:
  1. Agility: the 7th Sigma. Leadership consultant John Grinnell discusses constraining and adaptive factors of organizational agility. He gets into habits, ego, and information flow. (The article is in .PDF form which makes it a tad difficult to view on mobile devices. Do not let this dissuade you from reading this piece!) 
  2. What are the 21st-century skills every student needs? Published in the World Economic Forum, Jenny Soffel gets into critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, adaptability, and a list of other oft overlooked skills. This completely re-enforces what I've been promoting with regards to the non-technical skills and knowledge that our people, kids, and teams need! 
  3. How to Shake the Blended Learning Blues. Carly Nations is a school teacher in Florida. She discusses her frustrations with technology and using contemporary articles in the classroom. 
  4. The Dangerous Secrets You Need to Know About Wine. This is a 90-minute podcast from Whole Life Challenge. Andy Petranek interviews wine curator Todd White about the wine making industry. As a wine drinker myself (& fan of Petranek's podcast), I was drawn to this episode to learn more about the in's and out's of the farming, nutrition, and politics of grapes and wine.
  5. Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds. In this New Yorker piece, Elizabeth Kolbert talks about confirmation bias, group think, physiological responses to supporting information, and some research about defending why you hold your beliefs. 
I hope you enjoy this weekend's building material!

Lou

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