Start By Asking Why?

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by Mark Collard

Here’s a TED Talk that had me pause the video at least a dozen times because I heard so many great insights I just needed to write them down.

In his 2009 presentation, Simon Sinek speaks to the power of the ‘WHY?” behind every decision we make, and … it got me thinking.

What if I could answer the question ‘Why are we doing this…?’ which every person in my training group, or classroom, or team is thinking – would this make a difference? I am absolutely certain it would.

When I can align the feelings and thinking of my group with that of my program, I am certain that my group will be more willing to participate, that our interactions will be more fun and meaningful, and most importantly, I am more likely to achieve my program goals.

Once my group is clear on the Why? – which in my words, is simply setting the tone and invites my group to engage with one another – they will be more willing to enter into the How? of my program, which is often more challenging because it involves higher levels of trust and relationship.

Finally, having established a solid foundation for success, my group is now prepared to embrace the What? of my program – which, generally speaking, is the whole point of the program, ie complete a project, learn a skill, have fun, etc.

What do you think?

Take a look at Simon’s TED Talk, and share your thoughts here…

ps: I’ll speak to more on this topic in my forthcoming book…

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Two Types of Students

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by Mark Collard

Here’s an interesting comment which was shared at a professional development seminar I attended last week:

There are two types of people (students) in the world:

  1. Those who are here to get the grade; and
  2. Those who are here to learn (and don’t care about the grade).

Which one are you?

And more importantly, which one best describes your students? And by students, I refer to all people involved in some process of learning or education.

What’s the difference, I hear you ask? The way I see it, one is focused ticking a box, the other, is all about making a difference.

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Kids Adventure Festival Ambassador

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I’m really excited to announce that I have been named as one of two Ambassadors for the forthcoming Kids Adventure Festival - 5th & 6th April 2014.

Together with James Castrission (Cas & Jonesy fame), we are looking forward to welcoming families and young people across Victoria to Mt Baw Baw for a weekend of outdoor play and activities.

Click here to read my interview on the importance of engaging young people playfully in the outdoors.

To register your interest and participate in the Festival, click here. Most activities have sold out, but there are still plenty of things to do on the mountain.

Hope to see you there!

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51 Things Your Kids Need To Do Before They Turn 12

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by Mark Collard

Source: The Advertiser 26 Feb 2014Nature Play – the highly successful program which engages kids in the outdoors – is expanding its reach across Australia, and indeed, the world. Nature Play, and its various forms, aims to get kids active in the outdoors because most of them suffer from a serious ‘nature deficit.’

The latest state to register its enthusiasm for this model is South Australia. You can read an article about the inception of Nature Play SA here.

Embodied in the article is a list of 51 things children should do (not surprisingly, in the outdoors) before they turn twelve. The top ten on the list are:

  1. Climb a tree
  2. Sleep under the stars (even in your backyard)
  3. Fall off a bike
  4. Learn to swim
  5. Build a cubby or tree house
  6. Find a geocache in your neighbourhood
  7. Go beach combing after a storm
  8. Cook damper in a campfire
  9. Go on a school camp in the bush
  10. Catch a wave (start with a small one)

Click here to read the full list of 51 things to do.

If you’re reading this list and figure that you did most of these activities before you were 10, you are probably old enough to have kids of your own. However, sadly, most kids today struggle to tick half of the items off the list.

Why is this so? As I’ve shared in the past, I believe it’s because we live in a “as safe as possible” world rather than “as safe as necessary” world.

In my opinion, the pendulum has swung way too far to the safe end of the spectrum, and it’s causing more problems that it was aiming to solve. That is to say, as a community, we are creating more problems with kids eyes glued to their screens, than the little bumps and bruises caused by getting touch with the outdoors.

So, put down your screens, and encourage your kids to get outside and play!

And don’t just sit there. Get outside with them – they are more likely to enjoy their time in the outdoors if you model this behaviour.

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Intentional Leadership

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by Mark Collard

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED —> Subscribe to The Live Your List Show podcast.

It’s a new weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership, personal development and living with a purpose. It’s fun, FREE and very engaging – everything you need to help you “live your list.”

The podcast is put together by Ryan Eller and Jerrod Murr from MyParadigmShift, good friends of mine.

They look like rappers on their podcast image, but don’t let that put you off :-) They are totally personable, and offer some wonderful tips to empower you and your groups to squeeze the most from their lives.

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