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Ted Fujimoto: Founder, Right to Succeed

Your Reputation Creates the Way You Will Learn — A Social Media Project that Tests the Reputation Graph

Credit to Jon Bischke who has really been the vanguard in reputation graph thinking. This series is dedicated to him.

Here’s one of the first interviews we’ve received in a social media project to track what people think about education and their careers. Your reputation online will model your ability to learn and to teach others, as people turn increasingly to the online space for their information, social networking and education. So, let’s get to know the people who will teach each other.

1. Can you think of a single skill you learned in K12 that you use today in a way that has made you feel successful in business or in your career, in general? What is it and why has it helped?
I had a really unique K-12 experience ranging from single room school house, home school, correspondence school, private tutor, regular school, foreign school… I was very independent and always had to chart my own unique course. The single skilI I would say I learned is communication skills to convince and negotiate with adults to let me pursue a unique path.  It is the same skill I need to convince boards, management teams, communities, and educators to do something unique and take a different path–break the norm.
2. What do you think will be a defining trend in education innovation in the next ten years?
I hope it is “Deeper learning” that rides on top of high levels of student engagement.  There are so many school models that I hope get more widely adopted that are performing well where you see the fire in student’s eyes and they are so engaged in their own learning versus the kill and drill rote learning schools.
3. What have you learned in your engagement in social media that has helped you in your current career?
The power of social capital!  Prior to social media, there was only so many people you could connect to in a meaningful way let alone know what was going on in their professional and personal lives.  The information of everyone I’m connected to via social media brings a rich set of perspective about their lives and what drives them.    This information helps you create more meaningful relationships with a wider range people.  As the result, I can figure out better how I can add value to their efforts on a professional level as well as make a friend along the way.
4. Can you describe a transformative experience you have had that was brought on by engaging with others in the digital media space?
What strikes me, is how many amazing projects I have participated in where 90% of it was virtual using skype, bridge calls, and Facebook—from planning concert events, team coaching, creating proposals, and film projects.   What also strikes me is how important face to face is early on in these projects to establish the relationship.  Doesn’t have to be the first thing you do, but it has to be early on.  There is something about being physically in the same place as another person that creates the emotional connection that you can’t get virtually.  Once you have the emotional connection, you can then somewhat maintain it virtually.

5. If you were to hire someone for a job in your current career today, what would you expect that person to know how to do immediately? Does the current education system from which you pull your talent offer this kind of training, or do you feel that it is training you have to offer your new hires?

There is not one major thing….but I would say it is communication and collaboration.   With these two skills, you can pretty much learn anything you need to know or get connected to someone who does to get your job done.   Communication is more than rote reading and writing–it is about how to get ideas, your knowledge, feelings, and questions across to different audiences effectively.   Collaboration is how you work with others to collectively get the knowledge and energy to learn and achieve goals.  The current education system is one of the worst examples for communication and collaboration because everything is broken into silos.  If you can’t collaborate or communicate, you don’t get hired in the first place for better careers.  Everyone needs to constantly hone these two skills throughout their careers and the best companies help them do that.
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