Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Seven Survial Skills

From Tony Wagner and his excellent Creating Innovators - - the new skills all students now need for careers, continuous learning, and citizenship in a flat world driven by global innovation:
  1. Critical thinking and problem solving
  2. Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
  3. Agility and adaptability
  4. Initiative and entrepreneurship
  5. Accessing and analyzing information
  6. Effective oral and written communication
  7. Curiosity and imagination
The world has become more Darwinian (i.e., evolutionary change and nonlinear adjustments) and less Newtonian (i.e., driven by predictable rules and outcomes).  Individual growth and organizational sustainability rests with becoming the best, the smartest, the fastest.  The Wagner 7 fundamentally moves the focus back to becoming better, smarter, and faster.  The seven also apply to the collective - - to organizations and companies.  Things like collaboration, agility, entrepreneurship, turning data into knowledge, and market signaling will also drive organizational performance. 

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