Soft skills are among the top 10 sought by employers in 2020

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), “By 2020, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have brought us advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics.”* The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) increases the importance of career planning—consideration of your specific skills, strengths and aptitude of value to potential employers….

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You know more than you think: tacit knowledge

We know much more than we think. Our tacit knowledge, sometimes called “know how” is a rich collection of learning from experience. Unlike explicit knowledge (easily communicated and documented), tacit knowledge* is: subjective, cognitive, experiential learning personal context sensitive/specific dynamically created internalized difficult to capture and codify difficult to share high value hard to document…

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Thinking strategy #2: Reflection

Reflection is essential—it’s how we discover what we think and what we know. At its simplest, reflection is a natural mental activity that occurs regularly and often involuntarily. It’s what we do while walking to the grocery store or waiting for an appointment. Focused reflection is a powerful thinking strategy that once learned can yield…

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Thinking about thinking

Most of us don’t remember learning to think—it just happens—whether we want it to or not. At school we learn to think about specific subjects… at least enough to learn/remember/understand and pass the exams. But what does thinking mean? The Oxford English Dictionary defines thinking as: “The most general verb for expressing internal mental activity,…

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When is it wisdom?

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. —Miles Kington Would you describe yourself as wise? Most people wouldn’t, aside from the occasional moment of insight, typically recognized retrospectively. Wise people I’ve known have had considerable life experience, including difficult times. They are resilient—having come out…

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Knowing how to know

How do you know what you know? Epistemology is the “theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.” Knowing and acquiring knowledge is critical to success, perhaps even more so in today’s technology- and information-centric world. The opportunity to gain knowledge has been…

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