How to Live An Empowered Life

How can you live an empowered life? By working hard! Work to make a significant difference in this world. Put your focus on what you can control. You can control your hope, your attitude, your drive, your willingness and your commitment to keeping an empowered mindset. If you’re individual life is empowered, it can have an impact on others. Let’s have impact. (meer…)

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Are You Engaged in Your Work?

Gallup reports that 87% of employees around the world are not engaged in their work. Think about it, think about your organisation, think about yourself! It’s a colossal waste of human capital. Nearly one in four employees are actively disengaged, working against the mission of the organization. Yet, nearly all humans want to be engaged in work that matters. The difference between those who will flourish and those who languish in the workplace is mindset.

what is your mindset?

We all have a mindset. Not often we are consciously aware of it and the effect it has on our lives. Our mindset is the underlying mechanism that can expose opportunities and ignite our ambition. It makes us engage to enable us to flourish and thrive. But our mindset can also blind us to opportunities and hinder our ability to learn and grow. It keeps us to familiar, unproductive patterns of thought and action.

mindset needed

In the workplace, mindset can manifest in the form of an employee mindset or an entrepreneurial mindset. An entrepreneurial mindset is defined as it can push us towards a place of growth and creative tension. It is a constant balance of challenge meeting the stretching of our skill set. The distinction between the two mindsets, we can identify and encourage entrepreneurial behavior in the workplace in order to empower and engage more employees.

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an employee mindset

Some employees feel as though they are just cogs in the wheel. The think they are unable to succeed in bureaucratic systems. This sense of powerlessness can lead to complaining, making excuses, or blaming others. Often, work is seen as a job description, and the preference is to work within the comfort zone of a well-defined job. Initiative to explore and implement new ideas is mostly lacking. This is because of a lack of belief in the ability to impact change or that change can really occur. There is little meaning in the work they do, and the main goal is to collect a paycheck, retirement, and benefits.

an entrepreneurial mindset

Employees with an entrepreneurial mindset are driven by compelling goals and find purpose in their work. Being future-focused, they see daily tasks as the means to achieving a bigger vision. An entrepreneurial employee has a growth mindset and is quick to acquire additional knowledge or master new skills required to achieve goals. Self-directed and solution-oriented, an entrepreneurial employee finds ways to create value by solving problems for others. They tend to work collaboratively and share in the success of the work achieved.
An entrepreneurial employee rarely feels confined by a job description and is quick to move new ideas forward. Even when challenges arise, they tend to have an optimistic interpretation, seeing problems as temporary and fixable as well as potential opportunities to create value and enhance their skill set.

flow and you

Entrepreneurial employees take ownership of their work and feel empowered to make change. Highly engaged, they often work in flow losing all sense of time. Work is play, and play is work.
Many studies show that entrepreneurs are the happiest, most engaged people in the world. They find purpose in their work. But the mindset isn’t just for entrepreneurs. An entrepreneurial mindset can be developed and enhanced through learning. By cultivating this mindset we can empower and engage employees more. And this helps to unleash their potential.

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Why Labs Don’t Work

Innovation labs, hubs and houses are everywhere. I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with people that work there. This is my inside story that gives a unique perspective on the successes and failures of labs, hubs and houses. (meer…)

P.E. a Full-Grown Profession?

Exergaming appears to increase acute physical activity among users and is being used in school settings because it is appealing to students. Despite active research in the area of exergaming, exergaming utility for increasing acute and habitual physical activity specifically in the physical education setting has yet to be confirmed. (meer…)

Is This the Art of Teaching? 

The traditional paradigm of teaching is under pressure. Many proposals to professionalize teaching are common today. But many people avoid the dialoque about a new paradigm. There is a need to translate new insights about cognitive science related to how students learn. In this post I try to apply some of those insights to the art of teaching. (meer…)

Against The Stream

When I was young there was not so much guidance at school. Luckely my mother had some sort of an idea to keep me happy. I felt misunderstood, many times. Not that I was a bad kid or anything but I needed to be on the water to understand life. I needed to question education to understand learning. Inspired by Dennis Stehr (Mr. Probz) I wrote this post. (meer…)

Why I Work in Education

I call myself a gentle disruptor. Sometimes it is a real struggle for me. Work as an educational disruptor mostly doesn’t pay. It’s against the main stream. Many of you might think I am, at least a bit, crazy. Why am I doing it? ‘A better education for students so we can build a better world’ might feel vague and unreal to you. With expressing deeply held convictions you could loose friends and image. Yet having chosen this path I find it very enriching too. For me fulfillment and meaning are the best drugs there is. That is why I’m working hard to make learning awesome and significant. (meer…)