Andrew Parkin, former Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education of Canada, states that problem-solving skills are increasingly important for success in this dynamic, chaotic technological-based economy of the 21st century. As we move to more complex workplace problem-solving roles, we must learn to think outside the box and not jump to the first answer to any problem. One of the greatest challenges in problem-solving is resisting the temptation to accept the first answer to a problem. Once you have an answer, you stop searching for more possibilities. Complex situations call for deeper analysis. Given the complexity of workplace problems, teams find better solutions when they draw on different perspectives and standard problem-solving tools.
Cognitive diversity is the understanding of different perspectives, techniques and methods individuals use to categorize, predict and find solutions to problems. Applying cognitive diversity problem-solving tools, teams and individuals have a better chance of finding creative outcomes that help them to visualize, mobilize, and actualize effective change results.
Since the 1980’s, change is not an event any longer; it is a way of life as our technologies, communications processes, multiculturalism, along with our economic and highly competitive marketplace requires that we tap into diverse cognitive perceptions to increase our approaches for dealing with change. By making more connections, identifying more nuances and possibilities, teams and companies stand a better chance at responding to the complex and highly ambiguous challenges of the 21st century.
At the heart of change lies the change problem; that is, some future state is to be realized, some current state is to be left behind, and some structured, organized process for getting from the one to the other is to be identified. Change can be made easier with the following insights, strategies and tools:
Change Leadership – Work has become more cognitive and less physical while at the same time requiring employees to adapt to change constantly, which can cause stress and anxiety. When organizations must change the way they do things due to external forces in the market place, changes in regulations, or consumer demands, leaders will have to recognize and confront their staffs’ resistance to change. Leaders can minimize the resistance and stress by speaking of the change and how it aligns to the organization’s vision and mission; by presenting the benefits of the change to each employee; and by engaging and informing employees of the change in advance.
Creative Problem-Solving Tools – Since change is a constant and leaders have to create new beginnings, visions, directions or goals, it is important to use creative thinking tools such as: creating a problem statement, brainstorming outcomes, flushing out obstacles, using force-field analysis methods to weigh the pros and cons, creating action items, as well as producing a specific plan that can be monitored, evaluated and revised.
While walking the professional tightrope, stay empowered during change processes by drawing on diverse perspectives and creative problem-solving tools. Successful change processes include: Visualization, Mobilization, and Actualization.
Danielle Gault has her credentials in Psychology & Human Resources Management and has led numerous programs in teambuilding, change management, supervisor training and one-on-one coaching for managers. She combines her Western approach with her interest in the Eastern natural healing arts to support people in taking a more active role in the control, direction, and shaping of their lives. http://www.wellness-training-services.com and http://www.corporate-training-services.com
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Considered a “perfect food” for humans due to its ideal 3:1 Linoleic acid (LA-Omega 6) to Alpha Linolenic acid (LNA-Omega 3) ratio hemp oil provides the body with an ideal balance of essential fatty acids (EFA’s). With the ability to provide every vital EFA for the entirety of a human life there is no other raw food or oil that can match hemp’s efficiency and value in regards to this aspect of health. Low in saturated fatty acids hemp is the only oil that does not cause acid deficiencies through continual and focused use within an appropriate diet. Also conducive to frozen storage over long periods of time, unlike other oils it is not susceptible to rapid nutrient deterioration and does not require preservatives for increased shelf life. If manufactured and processed right everything about hemp is natural and from the earth which is received well by our bodies. Some of the health benefits of hemp oil include but are not limited to more vibrant skin, increased endurance, inflammation reduction, water retention, better blood pressure, immune system improvement, pain reduction, weight loss and much more. It can also help with diseases like arthritis, cancer and those relating to the heart. In addition to the essential fatty acids mentioned above hemp oil delivers essential amino acids, the rare protein globule edestins and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA-Omega 6) and stearidonic acid (SDA-Omega 3) all of which are crucial to the proper functioning of the body. Hemp is a truly wondrous raw food that should never be ignored. If you are currently not aware of all the benefits of hemp and hemp seed oil it is certainly a subject that you would be wise to research more thoroughly. Raw food enthusiasts often overlook its value due to some of the miss-informed stigmas attached to the product.
Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil is in not illegal in the United States or most any other countries for that matter. Hemp seeds are 35% protein, 47% fat, and 12% carbohydrates. Hempseeds are packed full of protein, which is helpful to build your body’s muscles, tendons, organs, hair, nails, etc. This is especially good for raw, vegan, and vegetarian diets. Hempseeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids that are necessary to sustain life. It is increasingly used as a dietary option by those who understand raw food and even by those who are simply looking for a way to live healthier. Going through years of improper propaganda and labeled wrongly by governments hemp and hemp seed oil are still relatively unknown health foods. To experienced doctors or medical researcher’s hemp is one of the most fantastic substances for our body both inside and out. It is important to note that like most raw foods hemp is best not heated to high temperatures, if its redeeming qualities are expected to be kept. Now available in most every grocery store and health food store hemp seed oil is slowly becoming harder to ignore. As one of the best types of oils ever known to human kind it is both amazing and sad that hemp does not get more press. Even among some of the most experienced raw food specialists it is still not regarded as a plausible diet option and simply put, this must change. If you are not including hemp in your daily routine then you are missing out on an available resource that is unparalleled in the oil market.
Nutty and tasty in flavor and easily used in salad dressings, soups, smoothies and even main dishes hemp is a long lost ingredient that needs to be revitalized. For the average human only 50-75 grams is needed per day to reap the associative profits of the nutrients. For those in therapy the doses can reach as high as 150 grams.
For most of us hemp is still not a part of our diet. If you do plan to incorporate hemp into your diet it is recommended to consult a doctor, a raw food expert, or an experienced nutritionist. As with everything new product you introduce to your diet it is best to take your time and to conduct the appropriate background check. If you do want to start adding hemp oil to your diet I have included a few safe and delicious recipes to help get you started. For more great raw food recipes and tips please check out my books and websites.
**Please note that we always encourage the use of organic or pesticide/herbicide free ingredients. When farm fresh ingredients can be used the opportunity should always be taken. Support your local farmers/growers and be responsible for planet earth.
Hemp Protein Smoothie Recipe
2 Tablespoons Hemp Protein Powder
6 Ounces of carrot juice
6 Ounces orange juice
1/2 cup filtered water (or a few ice cubes)
Place all ingredients in a blender, food processor or via-mixer. Mix until liquefied.
Hemp Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe
1/2 cup Hemp Seed Oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (add a pinch or two of lemon shavings/zest if using fresh lemon)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2-4 mint leaves
1 Tablespoon ginger
Place all ingredients in a blender, food processor or via-mixer. Mix until liquefied. This salad dressing can last up to 10 days in the refrigerator when stored in airtight Tupperware or similar container.
Spicy Hemp Gazpacho Recipe
1 Cup Hemp Seed Oil
1 Cucumber (peeled)
1 Red onion
1 Green bell pepper
3 Cups tomato juice
4 Cloves of garlic (crushed)
2 Mild jalapenos
Dice 25% of the tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, jalapenos and green bell pepper and set aside in a bowl.
Put the remaining ingredients (garlic, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, green bell pepper, tomato juice, hemp seed oil, jalapenos) in a blender, food processor or via-mixer and mix until liquefied.
Pour vegetable mix into bowl of set aside diced vegetables. Serve cold.
Salt and pepper to preference. Tabasco sauce is also a great addition if extra spice is needed.
B.S. Science in Physical Anthropology minor in business, and Culinary Arts Degree. Advocate for organic, vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diets. I have been a vegetarian/vegan/raw foodist for over 20 years. Have also worked in real estate for over 6 years. Have a couple of websites to help people who are interested [http://Recipes4RawFood.com] and [http://RawFoodForToday.com] Also working on a new social networking site!
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