Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.

Exploring Education of the Heart

Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.

Exploring Education of the Heart

Aristotle wrote, “Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.” What does that mean to you? Are you heart intelligent? You may be unaware that any type of education is not good enough. You’ve heard sayings like these before: follow your heart, speak from your heart, trust with your heart. This is exactly what Aristotle is talking about in this quote. He taught that the heart was the center of the body. In fact, he believed that the heart was the true “center” of the human body, and that the brain was not. Which of these organs do you follow the most as you explore your education and experiences?

Start With Your Individual Heart

The first area to explore in heart intelligence is the individual’s heart. Are you true to your own desires and needs?

  • Do you connect with the energy that comes from your emotions? Why do you have the emotions you have in various situations?
  • Are you aware of your thoughts and feelings? Do you know what your longings are and why they are present?
  • Do you feel alive and present when you are connected to your true passions?
  • Are you able to sit and contemplate each of the emotions you have and truly allow it to happen without labeling it wrong or right?

Consider the Relationship Heart Intelligence

Now, take a look at a few other ways to learn with your heart.

  • Do you allow your heart to guide you to the things you want? When creating goals or making decisions, does your heart lead your decisions?
  • Do you make decisions that feel right? You may think they are right, but do they feel right?
  • Do you accept others and not try to fix them or change them?
  • Do you connect to your future? Do you see your future and focus on it to ensure it comes to pass?
  • Do you take steps to move beyond challenges and resistance by seeing and feeling the best steps forward?

Listening to your heart is not just about personal relationships and daily life. It impacts your health and your business life as well. When you learn and grow based on your heart and your head, you can lead a more fulfilled life that you control. In short, if you want to live a different life or you wish to control the outcome of your life, you need to learn and grow from the heart.

Contributed by Rakesh Malhotra, Founder of Five Global Values (www.fiveglobalvalues.com) and Author of “Adventures of Tornado Kid, Whirling Back Home Towards Timeless Values”.  Passionately determined to uncover the mystery of human behavior. His fascination with the influence of core values on human behavior stems from a career which has seen rise from an entry-level sales job to that of a seasoned CEO. Having worked, lived, or traveled to more than 40 countries, he has been able to study performance and human behavior across all cultures. Follow me @FiveValues

 

Leadership Lessons That I Learned From My Mother

We make many transitions in life, from home to school and relationships and then into the business world.  Each layer brings concentric challenges and the choices that we make ultimately define who we are. When we are young we may not see the role that our mothers play, but in the test of time, in those moments of doubt, we hear her voice sing with reason.

What I am, you helped me to be

What I am, you helped me to be

My mother, as many, was one that both nurtured and taught; allowing life’s existence to be portrayed beyond words but in the actions of her very being. The skills that she gave us were validated in her life and we learned some were a momentous legacy, while others filed away for future use. As I have grown and moved through a career of success, the folders that are her lessons have been opened and shared and it is then that I realize the depth of her gifts and the truth of her life.

When we enter into a company, we are expected to adopt their values and behaviors. Success appears in many flavors and each one is a temptation to step beyond what we know is right. When faced with a questionable decision, I dig deep into my heart, to listen and remember and acknowledge all that I learned; allowing the leadership that was her life to be maintained in mine.

Resilience is to bend with the winds of life. My mother taught us that change is inevitable and will always bring a renewal of purpose. In business this allows progress and as a leader it keeps the doors open for new ideas and concepts.

An ultimate level of humanity must include compassion. My mother impressed that human existence is not ‘checked’ at the door of a business, but instead is an integral part of it. Compassion for and with co-workers, clients and situations brings a level of understanding that offers resolutions.

Being accountable and living with the responsibility of choice and actions is a lesson of being an adult.  This is not always the easy path in leadership, but it does set the precedence to keep from repeating mistakes and allows needed progress to move past on onward. Once exemplified, responsibility does not allow blaming, but instead allows change.

No matter how difficult her road, my mother always expressed an attitude of gratitude. Gratefulness is a gift you give yourself and those around you, to acknowledge the benefits and keep in the positive. Following this guidance in a company creates an environment that releases anxieties to allow efficient focus on the daily functions and encourages thoughtfulness.

Dignity and respect of others and of self is a mainstay in all areas of life. My mother taught me that these alone can carry us through the storms of indecision and doubt, and elevate to a realm of distinction that complements all other lessons. A leader must include these two factors to bring humanity and clarity as part of the direction.

One of my mother’s mantras was ‘honor is a lifestyle’, and I have carried this in my heart wherever I have gone. Its meaning may be personal to each of us, but it is also a feeling, an innate vision, and a knowing.  Honor is the bowing of my head to thank my mother for the incredible lessons and the ability to allow me to carry them on and see the fruit of her teachings in my success of life.

Contributed by Rakesh Malhotra, Founder of Five Global Values (www.fiveglobalvalues.com) and Author of “Adventures of Tornado Kid, Whirling Back Home Towards Timeless Values”.  Passionately determined to uncover the mystery of human behavior. His fascination with the influence of core values on human behavior stems from a career which has seen rise from an entry-level sales job to that of a seasoned CEO. Having worked, lived, or traveled to more than 40 countries, he has been able to study performance and human behavior across all cultures. Follow me @FiveValues

 

 

Staying Competent and Competitive With Learning Agility

Learning is a continuous process.

Learning is a continuous process.

In a technology-driven world where our work is always changing, challenges are constant, complex and unpredictable, competition is intense, customers are demanding, information is in abundance, and span of attention is limited, it is essential to develop learning agility, gain new knowledge and skills, and apply them quickly for a greater good. Organizations must create learning environments, facilitate knowledge sharing, and motivate its workforce to pay attention and learn something new every day.

Learning is a continuous process and the purpose of learning is growth of mind, thoughts, and ideas for innovation and improvement. Updating, adding and multiplication of knowledge are a must for a thought leader and knowledgepreneur. Continuous learning is the key to achieving our full potential, it has the potential to transform us.The ability to obtain, assimilate and apply the right knowledge effectively is an important skill necessary to transform organizations. Our ability will no longer be judged solely by qualifications gained in the past, but will also be assessed by our capacity to learn and adapt in the future.

Knowledge Today- Gone Tomorrow?

Adult education experts feel that nearly 40% of what the students are learning today will be obsolete a decade from now when they will be working in jobs that have yet to be created. Therefore, your ability to adapt to change and proactively make efforts to learn new skills and stay current will make crucial difference  to where you find yourself five or ten years from now.

The workforce has changed- it’s a pipe dream to except that you’re going to stick with one employer for your entire life. Today, the average person changes jobs 10 to 15 times over the course of their working life- this means that adaptability and continuing education are more important now than ever. The modern employee has to be able to capitalize on learning and past experience to work in a variety of places maximizing multiple different skills.

Likewise, changing jobs more often means that employees must be able to market themselves as competitively as possible. This means that the modern employee must be reflective of his or her own strengths and weaknesses and willing to improve on those weaknesses in order to avoid your career coming to a screeching halt.

As if it weren’t enough that you need to be prepared for multiple employers or even careers, technology is also evolving at a rapid rate. Especially for those working in a field that relies heavily on technology, continuous learning and agility is critical for success. In many cases, going the extra mile to learn new technologies or software can demonstrate initiative to get noticed in a good way.

Adaptability for a Modern Work Environment 

A 2008 research study titled “Growing Global Executive Talent” by the Economist Intelligence Unit identified three traits that will be increasingly important in the years ahead: ability to motivate others, ability to work in various cultures, and the ability to successfully facilitate change. This highlights yet again the importance of being agile while also taking extra efforts to learn and understand your surroundings.

Learning and agility are not just important for the individual interested in shifting careers, but also for people who are interested in being promoted within their current company. As individuals grow in a position or career, they are expected to take on more responsibility working directly with others.

Improving Knowledge: Taking the First Step

A challenge for the person who wants to begin the quest of learning new knowledge and improving existing skills is in knowing where to start. A good way to consider this is by thinking about what would happen if you left your current position tomorrow. What steps would the person following after you take to improve things? This can provide you a window into what’s lacking and where you can improve on it. Taking these steps on your own, and implementing plans for change is a great way to improve your own self-image.

Initiative and drive are difficult to measure, and yet many people can identify a person who possesses these qualities. How do those people take bigger goals and break them down? How does their commitment for initiative show up in their everyday life? Don’t be afraid to get inspired by taking a page from someone else’s book. Using your own passion and experience will allow you to become a more agile, respected, and knowledgeable individual in your workplace and in your personal life.

Contributed by Rakesh Malhotra, Founder of Five Global Values (www.fiveglobalvalues.com) and Author of “Adventures of Tornado Kid, Whirling Back Home Towards Timeless Values”.  Passionately determined to uncover the mystery of human behavior. His fascination with the influence of core values on human behavior stems from a career which has seen rise from an entry-level sales job to that of a seasoned CEO. Having worked, lived, or traveled to more than 40 countries, he has been able to study performance and human behavior across all cultures. Follow me @FiveValues -

The Missing Link: Family Values Can Make the Difference

No matter where you stand on educational reform or character education, there’s no denying the fact that we are currently experiencing a worldwide epidemic of youth violence. Whether propelled by depression, fear of failure, the pain of being bullied, or a host of other troubles young people face today, more and more of them are turning to violence as a way of dealing with the stress of growing up. From the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007 to recent riots in Britain and racial attacks in Australia, it’s easy to see that the problem of youth violence knows no geographical, socio-economical, or ethnic boundaries. It’s a problem we all face together, and if we’re going to solve it, it’s going to take a united effort. So, the question becomes—where do we begin?

If you walk into a public school today, you’ll no doubt see kids who are different. Not different in the sense that they wear different clothes or hang out in odd circles, not the traditional kind of different that normally comes to mind when you think back to high school.

No—these kids are different under the surface. Perhaps they keep to themselves or shy away from making eye contact with others, or maybe they deal with their pain by embracing the other extreme—wearing a fake smile, being the class clown, reaching out to teachers. Whatever their coping mechanisms, if you look closely, you’ll see something similar in all of these kids,  something that screams desperation, even if that scream is sometimes muffled by the roles they play for their teachers and peers.

So, what is it that these kids are desperate for? What do they need that they are not getting at home or at school? The answer is simple—basic human values instruction. These children are desperately seeking someone who can teach them how to get along in this world, how to be happy, peaceful, and successful. They are fed a stream of pocket-lining sales pitches from the media to look a certain way and wear a certain label of clothing. When the bell rings for each school day to begin, they face the scrutiny of their peers, all of whom are also trying to find their way in a world of mixed messages and misplaced values. Perhaps at some point, it all becomes too much.

Often, teachers shy away from imposing their personal values on their students. I suppose some parents think this is a good thing. Maybe I even agree to some extent. After all, would I want a teacher whose values differ from my own teaching those beliefs to my child? Perhaps not. But, what do we do about those kids who aren’t taught worthwhile values by their families or those who don’t have families to teach them anything at all? What do we do when those kids show up at our doors begging to be taught? Do we turn them away? If we do, what will happen to those kids down the road? How will they deal with the stressors that we all face as our lives become increasingly complex and demanding? Will they turn to alcohol or drugs to control their fear and anxiety? Will they fill our streets and prisons with their misguided self-soothing? Will they do something unthinkable? Will it be their fault if they do?

These are all questions we must answer if we’re serious about leaving no child behind in our society, as we say we are. Clearly, becoming a successful, productive, and fulfilled human being is about more than learning how to read and solve math problems. It’s certainly about more than passing a standardized test, yet we continue to place so much importance on what are arguably trivial things, and in the meantime, kids continue to suffer—from the pain of being abandoned, from the fear and confusion of feeling lost, from the ignorance of not knowing any better. As David Light Shields (2011) says in his article Character as the Aim of Education, “we have too often equated excellence of education with the quantity of the content learned, rather than with the quality of character the person develops” (p. 49).

The school system is the ideal place for these seemingly lost children to receive the moral guidance they are craving. Teachers spend a good seven hours a day with these kids and no doubt impose a powerful influence on their lives, for better or for worse. Failing to take at least a small portion of each day to address issues such as social skills, coping mechanisms, life strategies, and character issues is a mistake that frankly, we can’t afford to make. In fact, there are four key values all public school teachers should impress upon their students on a regular basis:

  • Love- Students should be taught to love and respect themselves. Only by loving themselves can students ever learn to truly love others. Love, being the opposite of fear, is the one force that truly has the potential to change our world for the better.
  • Peace-Teachers need to model and teach conflict resolution so that students learn to peacefully interact with one another even when a problem or dispute arises.
  • Compassion-When given the opportunity to communicate with one another and share their feelings, students will learn to empathize and feel compassion for their fellow man.
  • Integrity- Teachers should stress the importance of integrity to one’s self-esteem. When students learn to make decisions based on honesty and integrity, they can then feel proud of their choices and empowered to continue making a positive difference in our world.

That is not to say that current curricula and content objectives should be thrown out the window. On the contrary, they should be kept intact and even enhanced. When character education is taught alongside traditional standards and objectives, they complement each other rather nicely just as they do in real life. For instance, when a lesson in English class turns into a debate as to whether or not the main character was justified in his vengeful actions, and students are encouraged to think of other more productive ways the problem could be resolved, they are not just learning about literature or developing critical thinking skills (useful things in their own right), but they’re also internalizing important moral lessons that can serve them for a lifetime. Stiff-Williams (2010) argues this idea eloquently, stating that “rather than adding a new course to an already overloaded school curriculum, character education should be integrated with other subject areas and routinely taught through all classes and by all teachers” (p. 115).

Ideally, values instruction should not be taught in the classroom alone. When students have these ideas reinforced at home, they become even more engrained. As British Prime Minister David Cameron stated in reaction to recent riots, “if we want to have any hope of mending our broken society, family and parenting is where we’ve got to start.” Unfortunately, there’s no way to guarantee that all parents will do their part to help their children develop basic human values. There is something we can do to encourage them, however. By inviting parents, grandparents, and other family members to take part in values-based education through in-class activities as well as enrichment exercises that can be completed at home, teachers can have a positive and transformative impact on the home environment.

What would be the fruits of such a targeted and concerted effort? Would our children get along better with one another both inside and outside of school? Would they, over time, develop their own moral compass and as a result, become confident and empowered young adults? Would they then take on leadership roles in their communities and influence others to do the same? Would we save just one kid from being the victim or perpetrator of an act of violence? Would our world change, if merely a little at a time? It’s certainly possible, and if there’s even a small chance—an inkling of a possibility— that we could really make a difference, one that goes beyond teaching a kid long division, shouldn’t we at least try?


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