Project Description

AN INTRODUCTION

My Journey

For the last 25+ years, I’ve been a professor and university administrator. For most of that time, I’ve known that our education systems are deeply flawed because teaching is prioritized over learning. I tried for many years to make incremental changes within the system, but have recently explored alternative models that work much better, at least if actual learning and labour market success are the yardsticks. I’ve found that the key to learning is to help people lead themselves, rather than flinging a bunch of ideas at them and testing their recall. By helping people develop their self-leadership abilities, I am trying to change learning from an occasional by-product of educational institutions back into something we do naturally and continuously. My book, aimed at first-year post-secondary students, is an attempt to catch them and open their eyes before they get too deep into the ivory tower.

Bruce Arai

President

“If success is giving you fewer options instead of more and more varied ones, you’re doing it wrong.” ~Fashioned from N.N. Taleb

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LEARN TO LEAD YOURSELF

BECOME EMPOWERED

Who’s Leading you?

In the digital age, knowledge is no longer power because knowledge can no longer be controlled. Content, “facts”, courses and credentials are everywhere. Colleges and universities have done little more than double down on teaching, and have missed the fact that learning is now power. The Learner, not the Teacher, is now in charge. Those who understand this transition and work to benefit from it, will have a much better chance of reaching their goals. This requires an ability to lead oneself, and my book outlines the ideas and techniques, backed by the evidence, to make this happen. It is not easy, and the path is not the same for everyone, but anyone can learn self-leadership. And those who don’t will continue to be led around by the priorities of others. So I encourage people to ask themselves, “Who’s Leading You?”

ABOUT ME

My Passion/Purpose/Cause

The path I have chosen for my life, or the one that has chosen me, is to change learning. We all learn, and we do it as naturally as breathing or thinking. Yet we have handed over what we call learning to institutions and individuals that are primarily interested in perpetuating themselves rather than helping learners get better. I know, because I am one of those people, and I’m convinced there’s a better way. Credentials are still useful, as fishing licenses in the job market. But learning is much bigger than a piece of paper. My passion is to help others develop their self -leadership skills so they can benefit from the changes that lie ahead.

BRUCE’S MESSAGE TO PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS

Do this thing. To paraphrase Mark Twain, our biggest regrets are the things we don’t do. My TEC journey with Joe and the group brought my previous company 6-figure revenue gains and led directly into writing my book. I only stepped aside because my book is not a business yet, but TEC has been instrumental in moving me forward. TEC is truly a great place to learn.

WORDS FROM JOE ABOUT BRUCE

Quietly humble, joie de vivre! Bruce is fully invested in living and leading a purposeful, beautiful, caring and full life. Brave enough to make courageous decisions to realize it! What struck me deeply with Bruce is his thirst for learning, living, and leading his best life, every day. He is on a path with the hallmarks of creating a sea change in learning and self-leading for his students and the communities we live & work in. Soft spoken & meaningful. Growth mindset, personified. Thank you, Bruce. Honoured.

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