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21st Century Education & Leadership Trends

Sharing knowledge to achieve a common goal is a powerful learning tool that increases the intelligence level of all participants. Following orders has limited education value. Education environments that emulate workplace environments is the future.

The 21st century is bringing drastic changes in the education system and the workplace. Soon, students will no longer learn by following orders and workers will no longer follow orders without responsibility. Following orders without input or understanding why, results in low efficiency. In this environment, efficiency requires the workforce to unite as a team and share knowledge to achieve a common goal. Participants are inspired and motivated to learn. The learning tool - project based education - learning by doing.

With project based education in the classroom, it becomes the student’s responsibility to develop and research projects and develop a plan of action, not the instructor’s alone. With worker responsibility it becomes the worker’s responsibility to solve and prevent problems and find the best method to complete jobs, not management alone.

Project based education helps students discover their natural talent. Many students have natural talents for vocational skills and they can be motivated to excel by their discovery. Discovery of natural talent is the birth of the super motivated.

The Need for Worker Responsibility

During the twentieth century, leadership was by command-and-control. Under control leadership, top management establishes the goals. This requires middle management to be decision makers that give orders to carry out the goals. The front line carries out the orders without input. This excessive chain of command produces low efficiency at all levels.

Today, businesses are eliminating middle management and moving responsibility to the front line, thereby, training them to be highly efficient decision makers. Quality decisions are the result of workplace learning opportunity. A united workforce becomes team intelligence that can produce quality decisions. In this environment, intelligence of the workforce expands, because everyone is sharing knowledge, they are engaged and what they do makes a difference.

What is the Tall Ship Connection?

During the age of world exploration, tall ships were used to discover unknown continents and islands. These discoveries inspired a desire to learn more about the world we live in. Today, tall ships are used for self-discovery. Experience aboard a tall ship helps participants become aware of their capabilities and inspires them to search for ways to develop them. In this environment, it is easy to understand and adapt the concepts outlined in this website.

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