Contextual thinking skills leverage and extend collaborative capacity and perspective coordination skills. They are essential for constructing knowledge, resolving conflicts, solving problems, and making decisions—especially in complex situations. Like collaborative capacity and perspective coordination skills, they are required throughout our lives, but the development of contextual thinking skills is even…


Which also happens to be the rationale and evidence behind all of our work.

You can also find this information (with the latest updates) on Lectica’s website.

Summary

Many 21st century challenges are highly complex, contested, and time-sensitive. To address them, democratic societies need citizens whose mental models and reasoning skills make it possible for them to (1) appreciate the complexity of these challenges, (2)…


For the last few months, things have really been hopping at the nonprofit that owns me. I’ve managed to start several articles, but have finished very few. If things settle down, I’ll soon be back with reports on some sobering new research on the relations between conceptions of liberty, social responsibility, and trust. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this podcast from What’s NXT.


In June of this year, I presented this paper at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society. I’m posting the video here because I thought it might appeal to readers who are curious about the research behind Lectica’s learning tools.

ViP info | ViP rationale

In May, Peter Senge and I discussed skill development and the future of education at Mindshift 2021. I’ve admired Senge’s work for decades, so it was a pleasure and an honor to participate in this lively discussion.

The conversation was facilitated by Jonathan Reams, whose thought-provoking questions and comments stimulated a great conversation.

ViP info | ViP rationale

This is the final article in the VUCA unpacked series.

Decision-making process skills leverage and extend collaborative capacity, perspective coordination, and contextual thinking skills. They are essential for addressing conflicts, solving problems, and making decisions — especially in complex situations. …


Clarity skills help us make better arguments. They also predict, support, and influence learning and development.

What are clarity skills?

At Lectica (the nonprofit that owns me), clarity skills are defined as a set of interrelated skills required for making good arguments. We evaluate the clarity skills demonstrated in responses to our assessments using rubrics that focus on the clarity skills that can be observed in these performances. …


Perspective-coordination skills build upon and extend collaborative capacity skills. They are essential for constructing knowledge, resolving conflicts, solving problems, and making decisions. In other words, they are required throughout our lives for learning, working, living, and playing with others.

This article builds on earlier articles in the series: VUCA unpacked…


Now that Lectica First has hit the market, people are asking some very good questions about our flagship recruitment product. In this post, I’ll be providing short answers to a variety of questions, starting with questions about the applicant’s experience. …


In part two of this series about VUCA skills, the skill in focus is collaborative capacity. Collaborative capacity is one of four mega-skills that make up the meta-skill called “VUCA skills.” Collaborative capacity skills are the most foundational of all VUCA skills, in that they either support the development of…

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