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In a previous article, I was looking at how our school system is not performing and that it is in desperate need of an overhaul - or a total rethink if you agree with certain experts. We touched on the concept of teachers evolving from being Teaching Teachers (the holders of all information) to Leading Learners (knowing where the right information is located).

Schools have embraced parts of technology, but by and large, it is still the “chalk and talk” model. It is the way it has been done for almost 300 years. But it is common sense that today there is more information available than there was 300 years ago. Society’s needs have also changed dramatically and this has sprouted new businesses with new ideas that employ people or hire people who are self-employed. Most of these jobs and opportunities did not exist 5 years ago and 5 years from now it will most likely be the same again i.e. the jobs and opportunities

Most of these jobs and opportunities did not exist 5 years ago and 5 years from now, it will most likely be the same again. That is because the jobs and opportunities THEN are not a well-verbalised need at this moment. Virtual reality is a great example of this. So, if we agree with this premise, then we have to admit that no curriculum is able to keep up with such a rapidly shifting environment. How would it be standardized and assessed? How could a curriculum and exams be set up, reviewed by peers, teacher colleges trained etc?

It's an impossible situation because the information moves and changes too fast. Throw into this equation a classroom of 30 – 40 students needing to learn subjects that don’t benefit society’s needs - trigonometry comes to mind - in order to get a certificate that is a requirement for further study, and you start to see the reason why the system is not broken, but obsolete.

I’m not saying there should be no curriculum. I am saying that there are vast amounts of resources available that are better suited to teaching our kids how to thrive in their environment. The old thinking that we have to teach 30 – 40 kids the same thing because that is the way we have done it up to now, is not helping us evolve as a clear-thinking species.

Changes will need to be made in how we measure our kids.

Schools that pride themselves on their academic performance need to assess if those same students are thriving years later providing invaluable services to their community while being productive members of society. Schools that are struggling to perform need to ask themselves if that is the best they can do with the abundance of resources available and also if their alumni are people they can be proud of years later?

Changes will need to be made in how we measure our kids. Schools that pride themselves on their academic performance need to assess if those same students are thriving years later, providing invaluable services to their community while being productive members of society. Schools that are struggling to perform need to ask themselves if that is the best they can do with the abundance of resources available and also if their alumni are people they can be proud of years later.

What are the most powerful life lessons and skillsets that you use on a daily basis?

It’s not trigonometry, right? It will probably be something like knowing who you are as a person. Where your strengths and weaknesses are. How to relate to others and communicate effectively AND with a certain style which is your own. Knowing how to take risks and bounce back when they fail. How to assess the market’s needs and figure out how to provide a service or product to fill this need. Your sense of moral compass and being someone you and others can be proud of.

So if all of this is what you use most and that provides the most value to society, why is it not explicitly taught and measured in schools today?Let that be job of the Leading Learner and once that is accomplished they can learn trigonometry…

Let that be the job of the Leading Learner. Once that is accomplished, they can learn trigonometry.

Ann x

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What is the education system doing to our children?

Posted by Ann Baret on 11 May 2017 3:15 PM CAT
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In 2013 Dr. Sugata Mitra gave the by now infamous TED talk about his experiments on how kids learn and what he thinks about the state of the current school system.

“The problem is not that the school system is broken. It is simply obsolete”

The well-educated crowd at TED cheered. You see, we have a 300-year-old school system that is based on needs as defined by the British Empire. One of those is no longer with us...


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Why Trust is important

Posted by Ann Baret on 21 April 2017 4:00 PM CAT
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In economic uncertainty, trust is one of the first things to diminish within an organization. And with the global financial turmoil of the last few years it seems that distrust and uncertainty has become the rule in company culture rather than the exception. Here’s why trust matters.

For an employee to doubt his future is a surefire way create an overwhelming feeling of distrust in his company’s leadership and management. Many of us have been through the emotional turmoil of retrenchment and talk of downsizing and even if it doesn’t lead to an actual job being lost, it still has an emotional impact on company moral.

So how do leaders then avoid these negative undercurrents within their organization and instead create a culture of trust?

According to Joel Gascoigne, CEO of Buffer, transparency is what creates trust within a company. By allowing the free flow of information through all levels of an organization, you create trust which is the foundation of great teamwork. It also empowers the employees to make the right decisions since they are in possession of all the information.

A radical step towards complete transparency is an open salary formula. Gascoigne believes this helps him battle inequality that may creep in with salary negotiations and performance bonuses. As an example, the formula completely disregards gender which places all employees on equal footing.

The flipside of course of internal transparency is the complete trust that your employees will respect company confidentiality. This can pose some difficulty, especially in larger organizations where the flow of information is more rapid and less controlled. Yet according to Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square, if the company culture demands commitment to this principle it is completely achievable.

And transparency is not only a corporate or PR term; personal transparency also comes into play. Familiarity between colleagues greatly contributes in creating understanding at team level. Even if you are not the type to share your every emotion, by making it clear that you prefer to be private you help team members understand your personal space without being labeled as aloof.

This is especially true of team leaders or a company’s management team. While every employee in your company need not know the personal details of your life, they do need to thoroughly understand your business details. Transparency within a company allows them to celebrate the highs and lows with you, while hiding it creates uncertainty and distrust.

According to an article published in the Harvard Business Review, there are many ways to cultivate trust and transparency in a company:

  • Personal disclosure. A warm sharing of personal feelings and experiences.
  • Vulnerability. A willingness to share mistakes, doubts, fears.
  • Loyalty. Demonstrating commitment to the organization and individual people.
  • Being Inclusive. Including others for input or decision-making.
  • Being Appreciative. Willing to acknowledge and praise other’s contributions.
  • Being Open. Easily exploring new ideas and new approaches.
  • Affinity. Having a good bit in common with someone else, sharing similar experiences and interests.

But while some of these indicators are very important to some people, they are less essential to others. Knowing who responds to what information is essential for trust to be created within a team and the subsequent success of that team.

We can help you to create trust and transparency within your teams and organization. Contact us for more information

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In the first part of this 2-part article on how to train your subconscious mind, we were looking at how the mind consists of both conscious mind and sub-conscious mind. Both are equally you, but they feed off each other in a positive loop or a negative loop. Which one dominates, is what you will have to decide.

Who runs your part of the Unknown? The Sub-conscious. Where does the Sub-conscious get its information from? The Mind. What happens if the Mind thinks “I don’t want to put myself out there again and be vulnerable, it hurt so much last time, I don’t want to go through that again, I better just stay home / not call / not send the email / Whatsapp / friend request”?

The Sub-conscious takes this feeling or vibration that you are putting out there, and it forms a very powerful bubble around you that protects you from all forms of connection where you could be hurt. That is when you decide to NOT try.

Let’s say that you think the same thing as above, but you decide you’re going to try anyway, that you will be brave BUT your mind is running the same commentary and your Sub-conscious is experiencing the same feeling or vibration.

What do you think will happen?

There will be some strange negative result or self-sabotage that happens that you can’t quite explain, but you will probably think something like “I knew it, see I should never have tried this”. Now you are in a downward spiral and it is painful to experience as it usually leads to a crash because the momentum is too big to stop.

So that is one scenario where your Mind controls your Sub-conscious and the latter creates some very powerful situations to protect yourself – remember, it cannot discern what is true and what is false.

Another scenario is the following: What if you can reconfigure your Mind to take on a role that it is not always used to? What if you can reason with your Mind and ask it to be cautious in communicating with your Sub-conscious. Even better yet, what if you can assign your Mind the extremely important title of “Guardian to the Gates of the Sub-conscious” and implore it to protect your Sub-conscious by not letting in any unwanted thoughts. To keep guard and prevent entry to any negative thought patterns, doubts, fears, anxieties, guilt, judgement and vanity. To ask it to only allow in thoughts of courage, acceptance, hope, faith, abundance and love.

What if you asked your Mind to let you know when negative, energy draining thoughts are on the horizon, trying to break down the gates to the Sub-conscious? What if you asked it to empower you with this awareness of a threat to your Inner World, and that you could call on your Mind to take action to stop the negative thoughts and be the hero?

What kind of Inner World would your Sub-conscious create for you with the protection of a strong Mind letting in good, energy giving thoughts?

What would you choose the next time a thought comes around that wants to stir the pot and take you on a journey of fear, guilt or judgement?

What do you choose? In this moment, before you move on, make that choice.

If you liked this article and would like to know more about the connection between your Inner and Outer Worlds, contact me.

Ann x

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Previously, we did an audit on each of the Seven Areas of Your Life with a free course, looking at one area every day for 7 days.  Now, I'd like to share with you how to train your subconscious mind and see how the patterns repeating in our lives are actually the effects of the program running behind the scenes. Do you think it is possible to train your subconscious mind?

Changing your action without changing the program is futile - in the end.

Here’s a quick test to check this: How many of your (or your friends/family) new year’s resolutions are still going strong?

  • Cheated on your low carb diet?
  • Fell off the “no-worry-wagon”?
  • Lost your temper and went crazy on someone?
  • Fell back in love with the person who doesn’t love you back?
  • Didn’t ask the boss for that promotion/raise/transfer?
  • Just can’t seem to save that extra amount of money?
  • Not finding the time to meditate as you promised yourself?

Don’t be too hard on yourself. You are safe, you are loved and you are on a journey with me as your guide for these precious moments. While you are reading this, remain as in-the-moment as you can be.

Now let’s get to work and break this thing open!

When looking inside your head, it is always important to work from a trusted model. Just as a mechanic would not dare to tinker around an engine without a trusted operating manual for the specific model car they are working on, neither should you mess with your Operating System without a trusted guide or structure to ensure you know where you are, where you are heading, what is missing, what is working and what you need to do to fill any gaps.

There are many, many models. Some well-known, some less known, some very good and some not that good. How do you distinguish a good model from a bad model? If you are present and in the moment and connected to whatever you would call your Source / Energy / Spirit, then it will be quite clear: you will feel it, or rather, if it’s not for you, it will feel “off”.

If you are not connected, then simply look at your results in following a specific model. Your reality is the best feedback-loop you can get. If you have terrible results, then you probably have a model that needs to be reviewed or changed.

The model I would like to use for the context of this discussion is by John Kehoe. The reason I like his model, is that it draws from many different disciplines: Zen, Shamanism, Kabbalah, Christianity, Jungian psychology, Neuro-science and his own experience with what he calls the Mysteries of Life. He has found significant success in using his model and has reached hundreds of thousands of people through his message.

For this article we are only going to focus on The Mind and Sub-Conscious. By now you are probably familiar with these two concepts, and you also probably know that they are connected.

The Mind operates in what is called the Known. The Sub-conscious operates in what is called the Unknown. This is also why the sub-conscious is sometimes referred to as the iceberg as it hides about 90% of its content.

Let’s look at the mind first. This is the part of your brain that looks at things logically. It uses reason and makes plans that you then execute  - or not - more about that later. It translates your 5 senses into something practical for everyday use and it groups various pieces of information to assist you so you don’t get overloaded and so that you can feel in control when things get stressful.

It works in the “real world” and is easily verifiable through checking to see if something is true or not. Progress in the KNOWN via the Mind is predictable and mostly slow, but sure. This is where most of your practical knowledge comes into play. It is your Outer World.

The Mind is also passing on information to your Sub-Conscious. It only stops doing this when you sleep and your Sub-Conscious has some time to decompress and reconnect to the Unknown.

Now I don’t know about you, but getting your Mind to switch off is very difficult. In fact it is so difficult that some people dedicate their entire lives trying to accomplish this very thing, by tapping out of normal life and becoming monks.

Your Mind is always passing on bits and pieces of information to your Sub-conscious. It is also interpreting the things it passes on. So you don’t just see the new car you would love to have, you see a person driving one and you think: “There’s my future car, why can’t I have one, but he / she can? They probably earn a lot more money than I do, I wonder what they do, they probably love their job, man my job sucks, I really need to get a new one, but jobs are scarce right now, maybe I should just stay where I am, I can’t talk to my boss – he’ll never listen, I’ll probably be there for a lot longer… I don’t think I will own that car anytime soon, I better just forget about it.”

If you had a bit of a chuckle reading that then you can probably identify with this “running commentary” your mind feeds your Sub-conscious.

What’s not so funny, is the next part of the process:

Your Sub-conscious has no ability to discern what is true and what is false. It takes everything at face value. It does not operate in words and language as that is too limiting and slow. It operates on feelings and emotions. It takes what the Mind gives it, processes the feeling and connects that to the Unknown which is also connected to everything else. You might have heard the term “your vibration” before – this is exactly where it is located – the Unknown.

In the next article in this 2-part series, we’ll be looking at the how the Sub-conscious interprets what the Conscious mind feeds it. Have a close look at the running commentary in your head in the mean time – we are going to delve into that a bit further!

Ann x

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Most people are happy to play the blame game. We love to say that something is not perfect because of some external factor that is beyond our control. But what if you had the power to magically change everything? Here’s some news for you: you have the power to change your life, regardless of the external factors that you think is preventing change from happening. Let me show you how to take responsibility for your life and get results.


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