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David Epstein On Why Generalists Are More Successful Than Specialists

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This was a really enjoyable podcast episode and is a great listen for anyone interested in their own Full Stack Human Resources journey.

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Studying the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors and scientists, David Epstein demonstrates why in most fields – especially those that are complex and unpredictable – generalists, not specialists are primed to excel. No matter what you do, where you are in life, whether you are a teacher, student, scientist, business analyst, parent, job hunter, retiree, you will see the world differently. You’ll understand better how we solve problems, how we learn and how we succeed. You’ll see why failing a test is the best way to learn and why frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The podcast was hosted by Linda Yueh.

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MIT – Business Process Design for Strategic Management

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MIT Sloan School of Management

I’ve recently completed an Executive Education program via the MIT Sloan School of Management on Business Process Design for Strategic Management. This was a really interesting program that covered Dynamic Work Design, Structured Problem Solving (e.g.), Designing Work (and the workplace) for People, and Visual Management. Special thanks to my employer, Glencore Copper Assets, for putting me through this one. Read More

The Einstellung effect

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Have you ever worked with someone who’s brilliant in their field, however has been completely unable to find and develop creative solutions to problems? It could be a brilliant surgeon who’s been promoted into a leadership role and is stumped by administrative problems, or a cook trying to prepare a meal using ingredients they’re unfamiliar with, or an engineer trying to understand why HR turnover data was unreliable in their civil construction project. Cross-domain problem solving is a widely studied phenomenon, and what you may have witnessed is the Einstellung effect. Read More

LSAY Infographic

25 years old: Longitudinal surveys of Australian youth

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The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) data set is now twenty five years old. Incredible! The survey and data is administered by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) on behalf of the Federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment and includes some really interesting information. LSAY has been following Australia students’ transitions from compulsory schooling to post school education and into employment. Twenty five years of data is summarised in the infographic below.

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Queensland data on the novel coronavirus

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I’ve been keeping an eye on the daily media releases published by the Queensland Department of Health at the end of each day to keep abreast of the data on the novel coronavirus within Queensland (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19). I’m collating the data in a google sheet so I can graph a time-series illustrating what’s happening each day with both new cases and cases across the various Queensland Hospital and Health Services. Read More

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate

– Joseph Joubert

Gamification Course | Statement of Accomplishment

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Exciting news. Those of us who completed Professor Kevin Werbach’s Gamification course (Coursera MOOC with the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania) were awarded our Statement’s of Accomplishment today.

This was a fantastic professional development activity with Professor Werbach’s enthusiasm showing throughout the entire course. Given the opportunity I wouldn’t mind completing another of Professor Werbach’s courses in the future. Read More

#EDCMOOC Digital Artifact

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Those of us participating on the e-learning and digital cultures MOOC (#edcmooc) are submitting our peer-assessed digital artifacts next week.  I spoke about some of my ideas for this assessment item in an earlier post however I’ve reassessed what I would like to do (and, more importantly, what I can achieve in such a short amount of time).  This blog post will function as the planning and management document for my digital artifact so read on to see my work process along with my goals for the digital artifact.

This blog post will be a living document until I submit the described digital artifact for assessment so don’t be alarmed if you see changes over time. Read More

E-Learning and Digital Cultures Assessment (#edcmooc)

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37cf2-screenshotI’m starting to think about the assessment piece for the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC I’ve been completing (Criteria at the end of the post).  I’m thinking of creating either an e-learning artefact (perhaps a HTML5 & JavaScript object with a choose-your-own-adventure type theme on Australian learning institutions) or a web-based game (where you need to undertake certain tasks/reach certain goals to ‘unlock’ new materials.  I’m not sure what path I’ll take yet but I’ve got a busy couple of weeks ahead of me so I’m starting to get some thoughts down. Read More