Say hello to the new ‘smart’

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Technology has transformed how we view intelligence.Technology has transformed how we view intelligence, says University of Virginia Professor Edward Hess. To earn a reputation of being “smart” in the modern workplace, you need to upgrade your capabilities by embracing 21st-century learning skills.“What matters is being an adaptive learner—someone who knows what he or she doesn’t know and how to learn the answers by asking the right questions, someone who can think critically and innovatively, and someone who can listen with an open mind and collaborate well with others,” says Hess, author of “Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization.”Follow these six tips from Hess to become an active learner:1. Get comfortable with “not knowing.” You’re never as smart as you think you are. To learn, you need to know what you don’t know—and not get defensive. Actively develop your critical thinking and innovative thinking skills.2. Quiet your ego to embrace open-mindedness. Learn to stress-test your beliefs and preconceived notions, not constantly seek to confirm them. Separate your ideas from your self-worth.“Changing a previously held belief doesn’t mean you’re a bad person,” Hess says. “It simply means you’ve learned to adapt your thinking based on new information or facts you’ve received.” continue reading »last_img

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