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Unlearning to Update

How do we unlearn behaviors and evolve, to better understand and create new systems and patterns in order to improve ourselves?

Proposal: Oftentimes in life, we need things to go a bit faster, so we build shortcuts. Over time, we learn these typical behaviors to save time, space, money, etc. Learning is an important part of growth, but can we unlearn certain concepts and methods and what can we learn from that? Make sure that you are understanding your problem and that you are framing it accordingly. Expect things to change. Things change as a result of (1) internal pressure when things no longer look like they are working or (2) external force that you are not even aware of. Having the ability to recognize those pressure factors will help you identify your ad habits. Take a step back, reflect and try to make things sustainable. Self-reflection is key. It can often be very difficult, but reflecting on your past self and your past behavior will allow you to see patterns that you might need to change in your professional as well as in your personal life. Make sure that those changes are sustainable, meaning that you can implement them on a regular basis. Evaluate how you change. Self-reflection and self-evaluation will help you figure out how you want to change. Not all your habits are bad, be sure to celebrate small victories and to be kind to yourself. Self-care is an important step when it comes to solving problems. Take a look at the feedback. In today’s world people are valuing feedback more and more. Feedback can come in two forms: (1) we know who we are talking to and we get feedback from them and (2) being clueless, and getting a feedback from simply trying something- this feedback can come from people or systems. Getting feedback is the best way to know if you are going in the right direction. Look at the policies that you create and the data that you take in. Systems are put together through policies that help systems evolve and adapt over time. This can be used to influence a positive behavior. But, at the same time, we need to be careful how we look at data that we consume. People can have some preconceived beliefs and notions about certain topics, and that can affect the way in which they construct things, including their processes. Impact: We can’t just flip a switch and change the way we behave. Habits are hard to change, especially bad habits. The most helpful thing you can do is to take a step back, reflect and be thankful for what you have and it takes a lot of reflection to get where you want to go in the long run. So, keep building your learning muscles, expose yourself to new things, be curious. There is a whole realm of opportunities out there.

Co-creator passion: The Kanban Method, an effective approach for organizations to achieve greater business agility. It embraces the constant change inherent to managing knowledge work and enables IT, financial services, insurance and global organizations to become more collaborative, unified and productive in the face of growing competitive pressures and organizational chaos. Invention of the week: Water purification skylight. The Solar Desalination Skylight’s design uses free and abundant solar energy and seawater to create a diffused light as well as clean, potable freshwater. The residual brine in the purification process is further used as chemical energy to power the diffused light after nightfall. The result is a design that’s cheap, impactful, and makes brilliant use of the resources at its disposal. More at:

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