Higher Education Future Forward

Forecasting the future is always a difficult affair, especially in this age of rapidly changing technology and times. So this ‘forecast’ is based on experience, reading, watching and personal meaning. I’m working hard to make learning awesome and significant. That’s why I want to share this and interact on it. (meer…)

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Innovation in Higher Education

Innovation is a loaded word in higher education. More and more institutes dedicate resources to change initiatives often coupled with entrepreneurship and startup culture. It looks like these are the new neoliberal values, the leading edge of corporatization of higher education. (meer…)

Dealing With Uncertainty

When we talk about innovation in higher education, what we are talking about is how to manage uncertainty and complexity. Complex systems share many of the attributes of biological systems. In these kind of systems the environment is constantly in flux and the ways forward are not clear, rather emerge as agents interact with their environment. (meer…)

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.

WorkMindset

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.

Some inspiration to end this blogpost:

Teacher Leadership

There’s a growing consensus among students, parents, teachers and education leaders that the current education system isn’t appropriately preparing young people for the future. (meer…)

Values for the Future

Today’s students are largely affected by the technology around them. This has changed the way they think, act and communicate. These new behaviours can be very challenging to teachers, who did not grow up with this kind of technology. (meer…)

Changing Employment Patterns

At what point do educators have a responsibility to face the radically changing employment patterns facing our students? And how can we re-think university to complement, not compete with, their informal learning? To my opinion, the discourse surrounding formal learning is becoming further detached from the lessons I see when learning happens outside formal boundaries. The grades that students recieve for their university projects matter little compared to the comments found on their blogs, or the feedback they recieve during interships.  (meer…)