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Four out of ten 12th graders don’t have adequate reading and writing skills
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Four out of ten 12th graders don’t have adequate reading and writing skills

"Three-quarters of both 12th and 8th graders lack proficiency in writing, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress. And 40 percent of those who took the ACT writing exam in the high school class of 2016 lacked the reading and writing skills necessary to successfully complete a college-level English composition class, according to the company’s data.

Source: www.nytimes.com

This lack of basic skills is scary, particularly since emotional intelligence and the ability to communicate clearly will be key to the future of jobs.

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03 Aug 2017
Stress does NOT decrease longevity…unless you believe it does
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Stress does NOT decrease longevity…unless you believe it does

Eight year study of 28k people "found that having a lot of stress in your life was not linked with premature death. But having a lot of stress in your life and believing it was taking a toll on your health increased risk of dying by 43 percent.

Source: www.nytimes.com

The lesson here is we need to learn how to change how we think about stress and even use it to our advantage.

 

The next time you're feeling stressed, think about how: 

  • That pounding heartbeat gathering energy to ready your body for the challenge
  • Your heavy breathing is simply oxygenating your brain to help you think more clearly
  • Your increased blood pressure is fueling your muscles and strengthening your body

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25 Jul 2017
Japan turns to telework to improve work-life balance
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Japan turns to telework to improve work-life balance

More and more Japanese companies are rising to the call of prime minister Shinzo Abe to fix Japan's moribund economy by giving employees the flexibility to work remotely. The practice is known as "telework," or terewaku, in Japan, and it's slowly gaining traction in a country where corporate norms such as putting in face time i

Source: qz.com

Here's a interesting read about the push for more workplace flexibility in Japan that's actually being led by the prime minister. The challenges they mention are a flashback to decades past in the US and other countries. But their strong culture of facetime may be a unique change management issue.

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24 Jul 2017
Future of Work Predictions: Technology will be liberate us from the tyranny of geography
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Future of Work Predictions: Technology will be liberate us from the tyranny of geography

"In short, we will see more disruptive innovation than in the whole of the 20th century...Increasingly, in most business sectors, we will be able to work wherever we want to. In this ‘anywhere economy’ the glue that holds everything together as a fluid and functioning dispersed work eco-system will be hyper-connected digital networks"

Source: www.virgin.com

I love the sentence about being "liberated by the tyranny of geography." The author talks about the impact of BYOD, fear of being replaced by technology, flying cars, eating bugs, and more.

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20 Jul 2017
Deloitte video on the future of work
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Deloitte video on the future of work

The future of work holds myriad possibilities for change. In order to adapt, we need to zoom out and understand the interconnections among evolving technology, demographics, and power dynamics. Are you prepared?

Source: dupress.deloitte.com

There's nothing particularly new here but this short video would make a great conversation starter for your next planning session.

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11 Jul 2017
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