My friend shared this article with me on Linkedin yesterday and it resonated with me. I like how the author says we have to change our arguments when promoting STEM fields for girls, that the argument of “this is where the jobs are” though true, is not enough.:
We need to stop telling an entire gender they need to embrace STEM because it’s good for their brain or if they don’t, boys will get all the good, high-paying jobs. It’s not working, and I’m kind of glad, because it means girls aren’t buying the logic that they need to do something just because boys do. We need to play to girls’ strengths and invite them to participate in projects that create solutions for social issues or problems that they care about — and then offer accessible tech which empowers girls to stop thinking about doing STEM and just use the technology, developing skills along…
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Can you be a leader through STEM? (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) When you think about leadership you don’t automatically think of STEM, and yet the principles of both are quite similar.
To be a good leader there is a science to knowing and understanding your team. You must work with them, find the mutual chemistry, identify and acknowledgement the areas that need improvement. Interestingly, the word science comes from the Latin word scientia meaning knowledge.
When you have the science of the team worked out then the technology follows. Forming the right team is an art or tekhnē. Communication is critical so the logia or words you use in discussions with your team are important to make your vision clear. This will ensure you are all working towards a common goal, and equally that you can resolve any problems that arise. After all, if you don’t talk about issues then how can you find solutions?
As a leader you must devise or engineer a plan on how your group will work best as a team. The vision you have communicated will be the basis of the plan, but, like any well oiled machine or engineered parts, the team must work seamlessly to make this vision a reality. Sometimes members or parts will need to be switched to make a better fit but this will ultimately lead to your team working as one, ensuring success.
Finally we come to mathematics. A team is like a complex formula. You as the leader or mathematician sometimes have to add or subtract parts or members, but if your equations or team members are worked out properly then the result will lead to a winning solution. Simply put teamwork = success.
Having run through the above similarities it stands to reason that leading through STEM can bring success not only to you as a leader but also to your team through your mutual collaboration. So I ask you now, can you lead through STEM?
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One of the keys to a successful company is teamwork. When people to work effectivley together great things happen. Though it’s not recognized a key discipline in many organizations, companies that make it a top priority always come out ahead. Check out this infographic for ideas on how to run your organization more effectively:
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Nick Morgan, founder of Public Words, and one of the worlds top communications coaches, put together the Body Language infographic. It answers questions such as:
- How many seconds does it take for us to judge another person?
- What are the 6 universal emotional signals?
- How to disagree without making an enemy?
- How to deal with an angry colleague?
- How to ask your boss for a raise?
The Body Language Infographic
Check out Nick Morgan’s body language infographic below:
Reposted from http://publicwords.com/the-body-language-infographic/
Courage is described as the ability to do something that frightens one. I have a fear of heights and consider standing on a chair a foot off the ground to be a major achievement! However, on a recent holiday in Malaga I decided to embrace that fear! As a daytrip I took the train to Benalmadena, and bought myself a ticket for the Teleferico Cablecarto to the Peak of Mount Calamorro, at more than 771 metres altitude.
I stepped into the cable car and took my seat. Ten seconds into the ride and my heart was pounding. My white-knuckled grip of the hand hold in the approximately 4 feet by 6 feet space was indicative of my fear of the unknown. Fifteen minutes of heart-stopping fear and sweat ensued until finally I reached the top and the cable-car came to a stop. I shakily left the car, delighted and relieved to be back on terra firma, and set off to explore.
All I can say is WOW. This was the reward for courage, and what a reward. The panoramic view was stunning. A 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and coast greeted me, with miles and miles of coastline, including the Costa del Sol and Sierra Nevada. Had it been a clear day, I could also have seen Gibraltar and the African Coast. And although I knew I had the return journey of nail-biting terror, this journey of fear has taught me that courage truly has it rewards.
So embrace your fears and use courage to bring you your rewards!
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While we emphasize leadership quite a bit, most of us in the business world also recognize the importance of teamwork. Teams are made up of individual leaders who bring their own strengths and personality into the mix.
While some tasks can be handled by one individual, we all know that teams can create wonders.
>>> However, a dysfunctional team can derail performance and results quite rapidly.
Positive Team Dynamics
Team dynamics always fascinate me. I recently read Dr. Eric W. Stein’s book titled Designing Creative High Power Teams and Organizations: Beyond Leadership. It was a good read and I want to highlight some of the important aspects in this post.
Dr. Stein discusses poietic organizations and their characteristics. He also demonstrates the muscle of high powered teams through various case studies such as LEGO and CERN. Although these companies deploy different processes within their teams that suit their businesses…
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