Should children learn self-control?

The ability of young children to control their emotional and cognitive impulses, it turns out, is a remarkably strong indicator of both short-term and long-term success, academic and otherwise.

Developing executive function skills (as these skills are called) is a matter of practice not (just) of genes and early childhood experiences.

via Can the Right Kinds of Play Teach Self-Control?

Learn to increase your awareness

Want to live more consciously? Wonder what that even means? Here are 4 posts by Deepak Chopra that talk about “skills in consciousness.”

[Skills in consciousness] are skills that anyone can learn – and benefit from – even though people casually use “consciousness” and “awareness” in a fuzzy way. Being aware isn’t passive.

The Conscious Lifestyle: Awareness Skills:

Do you practice open collaboration?

If you are then you might be doing some of the following:

  1. Taking the time to reply to people
  2. See things from another’s perspective
  3. Invite others to join in
  4. Reach out and connect. Build the human connection.
  5. Having conversations awakens the collective intelligence of the system to grow itself.
  6. Be vulnerable and allow yourself to be transformed.

via 6 Tips for Open Collaboration « emergent by design.

Are we seeing a new type of doing business?

Interview with Rosabeth Moss Kanter from 2009

But here’s what makes me think the parade is growing: Companies that do not operate this way will not only lose the advantages of innovation, motivation, and public support, they will also have trouble being coherent and finding business opportunities.

via The Vanguard Corporation — HBS Working Knowledge.

Has shopping become more transparent?

A radical transparency about the ecological impacts may yet emerge from these efforts — and many in the business world are paying attention. A recent article in Harvard Business Review proclaims that sustainability has become an essential business strategy and the key driver of innovation. To be sure, there are large numbers of companies who resist — but they may yet join in, if markets shift toward brands that are more transparent about ecological footprints, creating a compelling business case.

via Radical transparency could lay bare the eco impact of our shopping | Environment | guardian.co.uk.