A Leaders journey, from Dodo birds to explosive condoms – The challenge of participation and decision making, in teams

Learning has changed! As a university student I remember spending the majority of my time listening, reading and writing. All very passive, sedentary activities. Today as a teacher, if I use these same methods I have a group of students who sit glassy eyed in class snapping the occasional picture of the notes and diagrams I put on the whiteboard.  The Millennials are a different breed, they’ve grown up with technology, are hyper connected and their engagement and motivation is contingent upon continuous real-time in situ (on-the-job, in class) interaction. Knowing how these characteristics are challenging the way organizations operate, I was keen to see whether the same would be true in class. Continue reading

Can we reach Life-Balance?

As a Psychology for Business Professor, I like to make it clear to my students that the application of what they will learn in my class has two main purposes within the work environment:

  • Firstly, it will help them understand and work efficiently with their future coworkers and teams by envisioning what the human capital of a company means.
  • Secondly, they will understand more about themselves, about their personality, their behaviors, their career plans, etc.

With regards to knowing oneself a little bit better, in my class yesterday, we discussed well-being at work and job satisfaction. Of course, work-life balance was part of the whole, but this time, I wanted them to have a different perspective at what could be called Life-Balance. Therefore I decided to show them a short video of Dan Thurmon Ted’s Talk on putting yourself off Balance on Purpose. Continue reading