The Japanese Zen term shoshin translates as ‘beginner’s mind’ and refers to a paradox: the more you know about a subject, the more likely you are to close your mind to further learning. As the Zen monk Shunryu Suzuki put it in his book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (1970): ‘In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.’
Approaching issues with a beginner’s mind or a healthy dose of intellectual humility can help to counter the disadvantages of intellectual hubris. People who are more intellectually humble actually know more, presumably because they are more receptive to new information. Similarly, being intellectually humble is associated with open-mindedness and a greater willingness to be receptive to other people’s perspectives – arguably just the tonic that our politically febrile world needs today.
via Psyche, 27 August 2020See More
How do leaders considering what work after the pandemic looks like for their organisation ensure that the model they create brings together the best of the virtual and real worlds for the organisation and its staff?
In early 2020 the world began what is undoubtedly the largest work-from-home experiment in history. Now, as countries reopen but Covid-19 remains a major threat, organisations are wrestling with whether and how to have workers return to their offices. Business leaders need to be able to answer a number of questions to make these decisions. Among them is “What impact has working from home had on productivity and creativity?”
Harvard Business Review, 15 July 2020See More
Cranlana’s programs draw on more than 2,000 years of philosophy, spanning both ancient and contemporary critical thinkers, because the fundamental concepts grappled with, such the nature of friendship, remain constant. Here are three pieces which consider the philosophy of friendship, specifically Aristotle’s thoughts on the three types of love – agape, eros, and philia — which endure as an insightful model for illuminating the nature of our relationships.See More
‘Soft skills’ in leadership refer to a host of skills such as empathy, teamwork, flexibility, positivity, and adaptability. They may be harder to measure but are invaluable in shaping leaders’ abilities to communicate, manage change and build workplace culture.
In this article a number of business leaders, including Cranlana Centre’s CEO Vanessa Pigrum, were asked whether soft skills are more important than ever in leadership.
via Dynamic Business, 1 April 2020See More