Episode 7

Published on:

19th May 2020


Unlearning: A Game Changing Soft Skill

In 2016 Research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well‐developed soft and people skills.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler

Unlearning is essential, but as a game changing soft skill it is undervalued.

Four practical steps to help consider unlearning:

#1: Figure out how to ask NEW questions. 

#2: Think as far beyond the box as your mind will allow you to go so that you can move away from your established assumptions.

#3: Put your thoughts into a NEW context. 

#4: Pursue unlearning and then test what you unlearn

You may be doing the same things but the way you think about them will change!


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Klammer, A. & Gueldenberg, S. (2016). Organizational Unlearning and Forgetting – A Systematic Literature Review. Retrieved 6.5.2019 from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305682100_Organizational_Unlearning_and_Forgetting_-_A_Systematic_Literature_Review

Mehta, J. (2015). The Paradox of Deeper Learning: The Unlearning Curve. Retrieved 6.5.2019 from http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning_deeply/2015/04/the_paradox_of_deeper_learning_the_unlearning_curve.html

Uldrich, J. (2011). Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future. Edina: Beavers Pond Press


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The Art of Leadership
Experienced leader, Niña Ellison, focuses on those seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential! These seemingly opposing skills complement rather than compete with each other. Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people more than the transaction of tasks. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives. This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Nina at https://www.healthyleadership.online

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