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I was reading an article a month ago and this movement has its published list of mistakes since 5 years ago. Every year, they owned their mistakes to their constituencies, members, and the general public. Reading this gives me an insight that they are truly a learning organization with the discipline to not put things under the rug or water down certain actions that almost put their organization into peril.
I have written about organizations that are learning and unlearning at the same time. This dual movement requires that they take courage to face the missteps and act to reverse or mitigate those. This is not just transparency par excellence. This is living what they basically put in their values poster or their values statements. At the end of the day, either you really live it or you just mouth it for the sake.
Kudos to this strong organization that is not afraid to say they are wrong when present evidence suggests otherwise or current analysis remits an error of judgement.
We fully know by way of hindsight and much of that learning comes from consciously improving every year. How hard is it to simply say, "we made some mistakes. Learn with us and from us.
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I have been asked how will I integrate diversity in the classroom considering adult learner, aboriginal learners, learners with different orientation and abilities, and other points of differences exists.
I knew that with the hype on diversities and some of them definitely misplaced. I said that, "Diversity is our greater common denominator as Canadians."
I arrived in Canada in the summer of 2010 from the Philippines. I'm as diverse as any other Canadians that were born here or have arrived from some where in the last 30 years or recently.
Some Canadians have diversities that are not physically visible and these diversities are as valid as other protected areas of difference.
The fact that this is seldom acknowledged brings to the point that everyone of us is unique. That diversity is not just about providing preferential treatment to those that are historically marginalized or excluded or experienced inequities. We have the whole spectrum of diversities for which everyone must respect and recognize if we want to live and work harmoniously and effectively together as communities.
Having said that, I heard the loudest agreement from the questioning group. We agree that diversity is our common bond so let's make this diversity our greatest asset not a hindrance to building up common goals.
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With the talk of ChatGPT as the game-changer in education, training, and literacy, what actually changed was the training on non-thinking.
A colleague of mine who is an instructor was just so happy that ChatGPT is around to help him with case study formulation. I get the convenience but I fear the far greater implications to the education process where every student, faculty, trainer, and executive would just depend on the technology to tell them what to think and not just how messages can be permutated in million ways.
I believe that technology for good is good but technology without mediation, controls, and governance could spell doom for humanity. The already social media-raised generation is now saturated with every gizmos and gadgets so that they don't have to live the real life, work hard, and achieve success based on what they put in but live in virtual life where virtual reality is manufactured based on their preferred version of reality.
When I wrote my book, I relied mainly on basic editing software which is a great help for a professional with English as her second language. While this is so, I made sure that I write using my own voice, my wording, my inflections, which would make me different but also interesting. Imagine countless of books and manuals written these days where every wording, tone, content are regurgitated by AI and machines? We will sound exactly the same, as in robotic. We will be mouthing each other's messages and will echo what is mainly acceptable in the mainstream, whoever that mainstream dominant voice in the multiverse is.
The days of being unique is over. Conformity powered by technology here. But with all the investments in education, this is not something you would want to have attained after a number of years of schooling, higher education, executive trainings for professional development, and so on. If schools are not putting guidelines on this thing, we might as well homeschool our children so we they don't get what the machines pick and serve on a silver platter on to our kids' brains.
Get out of this conditioning before it's too late.
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Two Saturdays ago, we went out fishing on a lake near us.
We went for the first few hours to the favorite spot where we usually, I would say 75% of the time catch fish. There were bites but nothing moved much. We got one fish, that's all.
So we decided , us ladies to get to the next part of the lake, where the guys were not that keen. But of course, having been out for a while, we wanted to get more action. So we went, and after another hour or so, no bites, no fish, nothing.
My father-in-law said that maybe we should just trawl and see what's inside these waters. So we did, and we caught two by just crisscrossing the lake going back to the same old original spot that we had earlier.
Back to the same spot, we waited for an hour and a half. No bites, no fish this time.
Everybody immediately agreed, that maybe we should just trawl. Trawling is an accidental success that we should maximize.
Sure thing, we trawled to the farthest left and to the farthest right section of the lake, but lo and behold, no fish. It was getting late and it was time to go home.
Positioning is important. I recall what one business trainer would lecture that, "It's all about positioning."
What do you do when there's no bite? Do you move around to get to where your customers might congregate, perhaps a watering hole or a hub? Do you modify your strategies for outreach? Do you sit tight until new opportunities arise for you to take advantage of?
Patient waiting, positioning, and creative outreach. That will get you your fish and lots of them. The key is to move around and not get stale.
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Do you know that you can enjoy being in a community despite being an introvert?
Yes, I'm basically an introvert, although a lot of people will not believe when I say that. I have to get over the introversion because my work dictates that I should be outgoing, energetic, and open.
But introvert leaders must be able to be respected for who they are. In my community that I'm building, The Provocateurs' Nexus, this online community could be something different to different people.
To the overachievers and action-oriented leaders, a space to run their ideas and expand their professional network;
To the dreamer and visionaries, a space to experiment on different models of operating and different knowledge bases they can tap on;
To the change-makers and catalysts, a space to learn, laugh, and build the next systems change tools and techniques;
To the young and inexperience, your Kuyas and Ates (older brothers and older sisters in Filipino) can guide your way so you can avoid the mistakes they made;
To the silent and introverts, you can be lurkers, observers, and quiet support but your presence and impact is felt nevertheless.
To the empaths, you engagement this community by volunteering and leading with your thoughts and prompt and ensuring that everyone is feeling safe and valued will be appreciated.
You bring your whole being here and we respect and value that here.
Of course, if you're not part of this, how would you know the difference?
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My friend and publisher is a certified Global Nomad. He's travelling now for two years all over Europe and apparently now in Mongolia with his partner while working on his businesses. He writes for Medium and will get his book published soon on the same topic.
He's not rootless as what it seems like. Global nomadism is not place-centric but lifestyle and values-aligned life design. Designing this kind of life requires an intentional and deep way of honoring your truest desires and bringing them to life in a way that supports yourself and your needs, the environment, for long term.
Who is this for? For those who are not adhering into 'living and dying in one place' where there are choices that lie open wide and are taking it. Cyber work propels and invigorates this culture shift. Globalization in ICT power charges it. Culture shift in this area is taking place. The exodus has just begun. More and more people are moving not just for greener pastures but to elect a different life.
For sure this is not for everyone. But some people are not troubled by lack of security, lack of social ties in one place, or lack of family supports and other familial things when they're life is in flux. Some people flourish in that kind of mobility and dislocation. They take the road as their offices and cubicles and learn the ways of the people they meet and share coffee with on a train, bus, tuk-tuk, or tourist tram.
My friend is living the life that he desires and not flinching about it. We can be nomads in your town as well. We can exist in one area but totally isolated from the rest of its current realities. This is not about travelling and moving but deciding to not participate with life in all of its dynamism.
Nomadism is a choice, by far a choice that creates its own limits as well as possibilities. If you elect to be so, where would you go and what would you like to learn in the process.
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I had a great time decluttering these past few weeks. First, I tackled that big box when I moved here in the province in 2015 containing all my files, Knick knacks, and mementos stored from my previous job and life for five years and more.
It was amazing to see that some of those stuff I have brought from the Philippines. Clearly, I'd like to keep a lot of stuff that for "some day" I might find useful. But that 'some day' didn't come. The old toothpaste, bottle of medicines, and broken eye glasses were never useful at all. The old files since 2010 didn't prove to be worth for anything except my files from old clients that I kept to document the work that I have done before. There were old books and magazines in French language that I thought I would be able to revisit when I had the time. That time didn't come even.
Decluttering frees up the space but also the mental space for which most precious real estate resides. If you focus and emphasize on the past, you will end up in a divided and distracted perspective. We can win some but we can also lose some. That's part of the trade-off. We leave behind what's to be left there so we have the energy for today, which is a gift in itself. Tomorrow has its own worries to be bothered by it now.
What's eating up your office space and organizational mental space? old politics and enmities that do not die down, grudges and personality clashes, petty squabbles and vain competition for recognition, one-upmanship, or perfectionism? As a leader, decide now to abandon these silly and toxic culture and just focus on getting things done well and pulling everyone together as a team.
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For the past few weeks, I have been busy preparing my community for its first beta program. I know I have a few interests but as I looked at their profiles in their application, I noticed a few things.
These are the people that are undermarketed, under-reached, and would be unable to respond to any North American programs unless, these programs are totally free or heavily subsidized.
Some of them do not have a credit card system or functional online payment system in their countries.
Some have no means whatsoever to afford any continuing education or coaching support.
Some have a variety of outstanding responsibilities and will not have the time.
Some will have it for later and for next year.
This is the reality of the market. I am continuously listening and reiterating to determine what seemed to be the best course of action, the best product, and the best market and for the right value.
If you're not listening to your market, you're listening more to yourself, which is the default position.
There is no first-time got-it-right kind of way. Everybody's adjusting and reframing.
What are you reiterating today? What is this reiteration based from?
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There is a counterculture against ambition I know.
I have been told indirectly that I am ambitious.
I have no problem with ambition. The world needs ambitious lawyers, engineers, scientists, surgeons, and humanitarians to make it a better and safer place.
Well, for one, if you're an entrepreneur, you need that to keep going against all odds.
Second, when it not for ambition, I wouldn't be where I am right now given the cause-effect logic of how things emanate from something.
I cannot place this kind of remark, although I maybe too slow sometimes too.
It's okay to be ambitious but don't show it too much, meaning enthusiasm, energy, optimism, high level of resilience, and spartan confidence.
Well, that for me are dead give-aways. I exude them, capture, and claim them because these are good stuff you need to survive and thrive, in big doses the better.
Therefore, I am completely helplessly ambitious. I don't trample on people, have sharp elbows, and do all kinds of sleazy, unethical methods to get business. I just do the way a soldier, a tactician, a master planner, and a faithful one will do.
Are you ambitious? Do you take this comment negatively or do you take the meaning back?
Do you lack ambition or do you lack the courage to be ambitious?
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Like the Black See Grain initiative powered by the UN between Ukraine, Russia and Turkey to free up the grains to address the growing food insecurity in many parts of the world, this deal is highly contentious.
While currently warring, the two factions managed to put aside their strife to think about how the grains from Ukraine could solve another world problem. Albeit, for very selfish reasons, they came together, debated endlessly, sought side deals and concessions, and almost broke down the negotiations. So much for what UN calls 'restricted diplomacy.'
While highly volatile and unpredictable, when pulled together, enemies can be brought to the table with very clear political or economic objective, facilitated by multilateral actors who are perceived as neutral or non-partial to the central conflict. It seemed that limited trust can be fostered on a very narrow set of targets with disincentive for non-cooperation and rewards for its maintenance.
The world is fraught with conflicts and war-mongering. The stances of governments and politicians are more towards creating division and polarization rather than creating a pathway towards reconciliation and unity within a diverse framework. Negotiations seldom accomplish their purpose because of the insistence that all wrongs and disagreements on all fronts had to be taken down first which is not the way to go.
This initiative proves that with a strong political will, enemies can sign the same accord separately without the face-to-face interaction but still agree on the document. Even though the terms are fairly slim, that could be start of more talks and less fighting on the ground. This is possible but very hard to put together and maintain, but do we have a choice?