Work Smarter

As a human performance specialist, I always study any problem systematically to find out the gaps that separated an organization (or an individual) from its goals. Accordingly, I find solutions to bridge such gaps. But it is very important to me, not only to bridge such gaps, but also bridge them in less time, using less resources while doing less efforts.

There are always different kids of solutions, different roads that lead to the needed goal, but the best road, in my opinion, is the shortest, less expensive and needs less resources and much less efforts. And this is how I stand out of the others…

However, sometimes the shorter road is not the best road. I am looking for the best shortest road… I believe it can’t be better than this. What do you think?

Feedback that Works. article:Why Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Avoid the ‘Feedback Sandwich’ |

Zurich airport by Dr. Roukana

The attached article critiques that the sandwich feedback might not be as effective as it should be.

Sandwich feedback is when you receive good news followed by bad news then good news.

Well, from my own point of view the sandwich feedback is not effective for different reasons, such as…

1. Usually people like to hear what they want to hear, so they might take only the good news and through the negative news away which are the main message.

2. This could create unclear message. Does that mean I’m good or I’m not? What does this mean exactly.

3. This is a suger coating of the real problem, because people avoid to upset others who are reviving the feedback.

However, where you provide a feedback you want to make things better, right? I believe the best way is to provide the negative news straight ahead, but you can also offer different ways to make things better and how to overcome such negative outcomes.. You can also remind the person of the good skills and qualities he or she has that would help them to overcome such bad feedback.

At the end of the day, feedback is a very powerful and essential tool to keep growing and improving, but it has to be straight forward while offering solutions to solve the problem.

What do you think? Would you prefer to suger coating the problem?

https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/why-emotionally-intelligent-leaders-avoid-feedback-sandwich-to-improve-employee-performance-backed-by-science.html

Kids Can Take Charge

With the rapid changes around us, we, as educators, need to be flexible with the adaptation to new environments.

One of these changes is the skill set that is needed to survive in today’s world. Such skills are essential to every person in order to succeed either in life or in academia or in the job market.

These skills are needed due to the technology explosion, information overflow, and the fast growth of the information industry. Such as, research skills, evaluating skills and most importantly Lifelonglearning skills.

In that sense, we need to encourage, guide and support our students to find their way in the learning environment and help them to navigate through their learning journey in order to acquire the necessary skills, and to master the Lifelonglearning skills.

Our role as educators is changing so is the students’ role. The new learning theories support such changes as well as any new topic.

Encourage the students to seek skills, knowledge and experience on their own terms with your guidance and support.

Do you like to play Video games?

I am not a typical parent when it comes to video, and online games. When my son started to buy pokeymon cards, tread them and spend hours playing matches, I did not do nuts. Every time when he was teaching me how to play, I would link a move or a strategy to a math problem, or any other skills to acquire. I even explained to him how we are fighting germs similar to the matching game.

Video games are not all bad or have a negative effects, as many parents claim. We, educational technologists, teach many skills through playing video games. Some of these skills are very much related to management and leadership skills, which explains why we ask individuals to play certain games when we are doing training, and off-course these games are related to the goal we want to achieve and to the skills that we want to teach. Some of these skills could be gained, updated or strengthened through games are: problem solving skills and decision making skills, which are crucial in today’s world that every manager and leader should nourish.

However, one should be aware of the time spending on playing these games. We do not want to turn it into an addiction. Video games are, as any other things in life, should be consumed in moderation. On the other hand, next time you decide to play a video game, choose wisely with clear conscious, and enjoy.

Do you play video games? Are you aware of any skills you might gain?