Not-so-random good stuff

For a friend.

Interesting video this on learning from artists about career progress:
The Art of Career Development http://blogs.hbr.org/video/2012/09/the-art-of-career-development.html

Part 1 of a series from the excellent (IMO) Steve Denning- read them all – about how agility is important, and what is needed to make it work
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2012/09/19/when-will-us-firms-become-agile-part-1-virtual-agility/

Stanford online creativity course I’ve enrolled in
http://venture-lab.stanford.edu/creativity
Full list here: http://www.stanford.edu/online/courses/index.html

More online free education from leading institutions, very much worth reviewing
https://www.coursera.org/courses

You are reading Seth Godin regularly, right!? 😀 Take this one as an example, then apply the ideas to our convo yesterday……
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/09/the-simple-power-of-one-a-day.html

Another site to follow, this is just an example…. sometimes it’s good to hear good old common sense!
http://zenhabits.net/starting/
http://zenhabits.net/zen-work/

I like what Julien Smith has to say, and the way he says it. Though it might not be everyones taste….
http://inoveryourhead.net/19-thoughts-about-finding-your-purpose/

Thinking visually about CV’s….
http://pinterest.com/saradbo/resumes/

Hoping that gets juices flowing!

Change itself is changing

Change.

We cannot avoid it. Yet we seem to invest more efforts into attempting to shake it off, than we do embracing it. We dress it up in alternative guises, “trends”, “cycles”, “disruption”.

@deb_lavoy sums it up wonderfully in these words:

A new perspective is changing how we think about society, politics, interpersonal relationships, science, government and business. New approaches are emerging. Learning and self-expression are exploding. Values are changing. Leadership is changing. The economy is changing. Change itself is changing — it is accelerating and becoming the norm.

My Top 5 Strengths – StrengthsFinder 2.0

Photo Credit: Untitled by Brittany G

Thanks to some recent conversations at work, I was pointed towards Tom Rath‘s bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0, which proposes a focus on our natural talents to identify our true strengths.

My copy turned up last night, and I have just completed the online assessment, so here, hot off the press are my top five strengths:

  • Ideation
  • Maximizer
  • Futuristic
  • Strategic
  • Activator

Having completed the assessment, I now have a personalised “Strengths Insight and Action-Planning Guide”, which makes for a fascinating, and somewhat surreal read. How can it “know” so much about me from a series of simple questions!

I now have to spend some time to work through the selection of actions that I can begin to implement for each strength.

I’ll try to share some of my thoughts and observations as I absorb things, and begin to look at the actions.

Though I can already see this is going to be quite possibly the most interesting and useful self-learning exercise that I have had the opportunity to undertake.

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