Tools

Development of people is not about developing. Rather, making the tools. People use the tools to develop themselves.

Education system. Work system. Both were designed to equip humans with habits and skills. Both are now facing change.

Let’s have a look where we came from.

the Past

Remember everything.
Follow orders.

Classrooms divided by age and subjects of 45 minutes chunks each. Always busy with homework and days spent in closed buildings.

Work divided by titles, functions, closed rooms.

the Now

Raise a question. Find information you need.
Speak up. Facilitate.

Classrooms moving towards blending everything: subjects, ages,… Learning is about measuring the ‘learning outcomes’ and ‘personalisation’. Think project-based, flipped, adaptive learning.

Work is now done in open spaces, no working hours or defined holidays. Expect to always be available and ‘collaborative’.

the Future

Think ideas. Create.
Come together and stay alone.

Self-directed learning. Production of concepts. Learning by doing.

Work whenever you want and less. 4 hours a day or a week? No, produce quality of ideas and forget about calculating time ‘available’ to meet online.

the Tools

And what do people need to develop themselves? Tools to help with idea generation, projects, social networks, productivity, self-knowledge?

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Being

Wellbeing is a fascinating topic to me. We never learn about ‘steps’ to being well. That’s something I’d like to make a summary for.

To me, being well means feeling natural.

  • Natural environment
  • Natural rhythms
  • Natural activities

Environment

As I feel on my body and mind, living close to nature feels good. And here is some interesting stuff. Recent research on forest bathing shows that bacterias from soil boost immune system, phytoncides found in trees help humans relax and impact the growth of virus-fighting cells in our bodies. Hmm!

Rhythms

Change is constant. Do and rest. I believe that remote work is good for everyone. What’s common today is the opposite – busy mind and constant presence is encouraged. Where has a natural line between ‘do’ and ‘rest’ now gone?

Activities

To create means to live. Self-driven exploration of topics feels natural. Raising questions. Research. Ideation. Testing. Learnings. A natural flow of moving from the unknown to known.

Overall, what you do is what you are. Here I remember how basic habits – eating – shapes who we are. Literally, if you consider that we are made of trillions of bacterias who are in a constant flux. Recent research on gut links bacterias you get from food and your moods. And moods often link with our actions, where life itself is made of sequences of actions too.

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Leadership

What I learned from the oldest people is to work:

“Here is how to do it.”
“Now, have fun!”

Clarity.
Freedom & Play.

If all work would be like that? No micro management. No authority. No even purpose. Because some tasks don’t have a higher mission behind it. They just need to get done. When you have fun and are clear how to do it, you are motivated to do it anyway.

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Learning

The purpose of learning? To develop expertise from someone else? Or, develop expertise of your own (from within)?

Research/Ideation – Synthesis/Product – GTM

Why reverse engineer someone?

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Water

Be like water, my friend. What does it mean?

Focus on where water comes from. It rains on the mountains. Many streams form. Many unite and form a river. Then a lake. A sea. Ocean.

Be like a rain and a small river first.

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