Archive for december 2007

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Sådan holder du dit nytårsforsæt

december 31, 2007

“We can think about it, meditate about it, pray about it…we can also do something about it.”

— Barry Neil Kaufman

Simpelt. Ja. Men der findes kun en vej, hvis nytårsforsættet skal holdes. Og det er handling. Den ene fod skal sættes foran den anden …

Godt og lykkebringende nytår.

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Drop gennemsnits-pastasalat-dansker holdningen i 2008

december 29, 2007

Being average. It’s overrated. Being average is the worst possible thing you can do.– Seth Godin

Er det ikke et godt bud på årets bedste nytårsforsæt?

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Lederskab i en nøddeskal

december 28, 2007

“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win.”

— Bear Bryant, former Alabama and Texas A&M football coach

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Glæden – et bevidst valg

december 27, 2007

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”
— Earl Nightingale, 1921-1989, Radio Announcer, Author and Speaker

At føle sig glad og fornøjet er en mental tilstand. Og vi kan i høj grad selv bestemme om vi vælger det gode eller det dårlige humør. Også selv om det – indrømmet – kan være forbandet svært i nogle situationer. Men valget et altså dit – og mit. Håber du og jeg vælger med omhu.

Ha´ en rigtig god dag.

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Glædelig jul

december 24, 2007

Kære læser

Du og din familie ønskes en rigtig glædelig jul.

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Tankens magt

december 23, 2007

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.”

— Richard Bach

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Gå ikke over åen efter vand

december 21, 2007

The sacred is in the ordinary,
in one’s daily life, in one’s
neighbors, friends, and family,
in one’s backyard.
–Abraham Maslow

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Dum, dummere, dummest – når ledere kommunikerer

december 20, 2007

Her er et link til en video – How Do We Beat The Bitch? – der viser, hvor dumt en leder/politiker kan agere for åben skærm.

Videoen viser et klip med en af de republikanske præsidentkandidater, John McCain, hvor han holder et møde med en gruppe af sine støtter/sponsorer. Og vi ser en af deltagerne stille ham spørgmålet: “Hvordan kan vi slå hende kælllingen?” – læs: vinde over Hilary Clinton.

Hans reaktion er, som I kan se, at grine sammen med alle de andre – selv om spørgsmålet er usandsynligt nedsættende, modbydeligt og afstumpet.

McCain begynder sågar sit svar med at sige, at det var et fantastisk godt spørgsmål. Lidt senere forsøger han at redde den lidt ved at sige, at han har stor respekt for Hilary Clinton.

Men han burde have tacklet situationen helt anderledes og professionelt ved f.eks. at sige:

“Jeg kan ikke acceptere, at der er nogen, der bruger sådan et sprog om mine politiske modstandere. Så jeg synes du skal give os allesammen en uforbeholden undskyldning. Og fremover love at du vil bidrage til en ren valgkamp.”

Refleksion:

Som leder, hvordan vil du så reagere hvis en af dine medarbejdere siger noget aldeles upassende og uanstændigt om en anden person … og en masse af de andre i rummet begynder at grine dumt …

Hvad vil du gøre/sige?

Og hvad vil du absolut ikke gøre/sige?

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Children Learning Naturally

december 20, 2007

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“Children have a natural affinity towards nature. Dirt, water, plants, and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime”
— Natural Learning, Robin C. Moore and Herb H Wong
How do we expect children raised by computers, indoor classrooms, and blacktop playgrounds to feel any connection to the earth or care about sustainability as they grow into adults? And how do we expect these children to be happy and healthy spiritually, mentally, or physically?
Conventional education is too separate from the natural world and the natural inclinations of children. Many schools, however, are mending this disastrous gap. The New Day School in Portland, Oregon is one of these admirable schools. This school for 2 through 6-year-olds has their own interactive gardens.“The children are part of the garden cycle,” explains Maitri of New Day, “From these activities, many deep conversations happen around the topics of life and death, food growing and health, other beings in the creative world above, on, and under the ground.” The children are involved in every sort of gardening activity, from planting to watering, weeding, mulching, applying homemade compost from their compost and worm bins, harvesting and clean-up.Gardener David conducts a class once a week with each of the school’s four classrooms, including hands-on experience with the garden outside, and indoor classrooms involving plant uses like teas, salve, and dyes. Children also sample different edible herbs and flowers from the garden, and are encouraged to turn rocks and logs to see what’s underneath.Many of the plants in the garden attract insects, so “children can experience close encounters with the winged or crawling creatures,” explains Maitri. The kids go outside at least once every day, rain or shine.

Indoor classroom materials include natural objects like small stones and shells, which have multiple uses and encourage kids’ natural imaginations.

This school also respects the hard work of the teachers, with an onsite cob sanctuary that was built to provide a quiet place for teachers on break. This beautiful cob structure is also used as a special story-telling place for the kids.

As Richard Louv explains in his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder: “An increasing number of parents and a few good schools are realizing the importance and the magic of providing hands-on, intimate contact between children and nature as a large part of children’s education.”

As Louv shows in his book, studies have shown that children diagnosed with ADHD or depression are improved tremendously through daily contact with the natural world. The same goes for schools that cater to children’s natural inclinations, as oppose to the conventional school curriculum which bores kids out of their minds! Is there really something wrong with a little kid who cannot sit still for 6 hours a day under fluorescent lights, indoors, forced to do abstract assignments, or is there something wrong with the system?

This movement towards experiential, place-based education is mostly a grassroots effort in the USA; Louv points out that most current progress in education is coming from “principals, teachers, parents and community volunteers. Committed individuals and service organizations can accomplish a great deal…”

Source: http://www.ecospace.cc/children-school-environment

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Make Many More Mistakes

december 19, 2007

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t as all. You can be discouraged by failure — or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you will find success.” — Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

Watson mener naturligvis ikke, at vi skal kaste os hovedløst ud i at lave bevidste fejl og bryde alle grænser med fare for død og ulykke. Men vil vi have succes med et-eller-andet, så bliver vi nødt til at handle. At gøre noget. Vi får ikke succes ved kun at læse bøger eller hvis vi bliver siddende i sofaen. Vi skal ud af komfortzonen og ind i læringszonen.

Og her kan det altså gå galt – og vil ofte (altid?) gøre det. Det er her, at Watson budskab er værd at huske på. For det er netop, når det så går galt – at vi ikke skal give op. Det er her, at vi skal sørge for at reflektere – og lære noget af de ting, vi gjorde … eller måske glemte at gøre.

Kan vi det, bliver vi hele tiden lidt klogere … og kan i princippet “fejle os hele vejen til succes”.

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