Out of Order: Ambiguity, Learning and Leadership.

The Railroad Tracks

For some odd reason, we are all accustomed (or maybe acculturated) to accept obedience as a blanket value. That bleeds over into our behavior: Behave Yourself! Fine, when it comes to not playing on the railroad tracks. But that blanket can cover too much, even cover our thinking. If we are told often...
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The First Thirty Seconds

We generate assumptions in just a few seconds as we enter an environment. The first thirty seconds of our participants' arrival may make a bigger difference in their learning than the content we present. You've plugged in the equipment, checked your materials, gotten your coffee, arranged the room, and now some folks are coming in. Here's...
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I’ll Have One Order of Chaos, Please

In 1994 I found a letter in my office mailbox. It closed with, your services are no longer required. I panicked, hearing "Would you like fries with that?" as my new strategic plan. It turned out to be the best career move of my life. In fact, I hope you get fired immediately. I found work...
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We learn 80% of what we know before we're nine. While we're learning, we engage, have fun, take or leave structure, and are totally involved in each moment. Learning Chaos brings that kind of excitement to the classroom. AZA embraces total participant involvement, an environment that holds no boundaries, and an opportunity for everyone to...
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