Want innovation? Think fennel

Diverse connections outside and close connections inside combine for delicious innovation

Recently I have been watching the new season of BBC’s MasterChef. Fennel is an ingredient selected by many participants. One of last year’s finalists seemed to use it in everything, even fennel ice cream. The judges thought that was really innovative!

Energizing Your Network for Change

One secret for change is to energize your network from a central position.

Think of a recent meeting. Who is always constructive and bringing positive energy to the group? Are there others whom you dread attending because they suck the life out of the room? What are the results that each type is able to achieve? Which are you?

eLearning from a Learner’s View

Well-structured assignments make the difference in Learning via eLearning.

Over the past few years I have followed a number of eLearning courses – both free MOOCs and paid courses. They have been hosted by a range of platforms including Coursera, EdX, Future Learn, NovoEd, Digital Scholar and Canvas. These courses have exposed me to a range of approaches to eLearning design and allowed me to reflect on those where I learned the most.

Design Thinking and Learning

“Innovation means moving into uncertainty. To foster innovation we need to embrace that. Learning only occurs when we step away from the familiar and accept the uncertainty that inevitably accompanies new experiences.”— Jeanne Liedtka, Darden Business School, Batten Briefing, January 2015

Mindset and Learning

“This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way – in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests or temperaments – everyone can change and grow through application and experience.”
— Carol Dweck, Mindset (2006, pg. 7)

Flow and Learning

“The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something we make happen.”
— Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990, p. 3)