There seems to be a general consensus around the idea that teamwork is a key competence in the 21st century, because it allows team members to be more effective in the solving of problems and more successful in the implementation of exacting projects. And I totally agree with that idea. 100%. The problem -the way […]

space out

Preoccupied is one of my favorite words in English, for two reasons: because its meaning is quite different from that of words that look just like it in other languages, such as preocupado in Spanish or préoccupé in French because its meaning is faithful to the combination of the preffix pre- and the adjective occupied, […]

a factory for one

The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. Before the industrial revolution manufacturing was done using hand tools or basic machines. After the industrial revolution, the mass production of consumer products was made possible, radically changing the economy and society. In other words, the […]

collective intelligence

Over the years I have been asked to give presentations, lead workshops and participate in seminars, most often about aspects related to education such as ICT (instructional technologies) or international programs -several times. I have the impression that doing that was as interesting and enriching for me as it was for the participants -or even […]

mentor me

It is funny how simple the definition of mentor is an experienced person in a company or educational institution who trains and counsels new employees or students.” and how complicated it must be to set up a mentorship program, at least in my neck of the woods and industry (education) -because they are, for the […]

radical transparency

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis maxim that sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants was first published in a 1913 Harper’s Weekly article. Funny how I had always heard that to my mom and my grandmom, even if in a literal sense* (something which, by the way, seems not to be 100% accurate). A similar relationship could […]

one at a time

For the last 30-40 years we have been sold the idea that technology allowed us to multitask (do more than one thing simultaneously) and be more productive: technology allowed us to take a phone call while we were browsing the web searching for information while we were downloading a presentation to our computer while we […]

re-invent yourself, often

Lifetime loyalty to a company (or shushinkoyou) used to be a tenet of Japanese culture. It traces back to the 1920s, when lifetime employment policies were officially enacted since they were believed to engender a bottom-to-top and top-to-bottom mutuality of corporate mission. Those habits intensified after World War II, when Japan faced a labor shortage and, […]