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Thinking Technicians

Developing people for the new economy

  • Thinking Associates (TA)

Learning Flow- Chart

The instructional ingredients

of success in on-line learning




  • include short videos of six minutes or less,
  • interspersed with interactive drills and tests.
  • online forums where students share problems and suggestions.
  •  and online mentoring and tutoring



Courses Online Are Disappointing. Here’s How to Fix Them   7/9/2020


Project-Based-Learning ... Working on projects


Introduction Brochures for Project Academy

Community Details Company & Student Outcomes


Soft-Skill Components Team-Uniqueness


Overview Training plan for each section


This learning concept is a combination of on-line web based self-learning (Flip process), collaborative web team software and a facilitator to tie it all together. The basic process is learning about Self, Being part of a team, Tool needed, Problems solving, Presenting your conclusion to the community and Reflection.    Life skills are infused during this process.

Overall problem with American Industry

The view of employees as semi programmable machines goes back to the early decades of the Industrial Revolution, when most workers were poorly educated. It was reinforced by Frederick Taylor in 1911, when he published The Principles of Scientific Management, in which he described the typical laborer as “so stupid that the term ‘percentage’ has no meaning to him.” The solution, said Taylor, was to strip judgment from frontline jobs: “It is only through enforced standardization of methods, enforced adoption of the best implements and working conditions, and enforced cooperation that…faster work can be assured.” And who was to do the enforcing? Professionally trained managers, of course.


Taylor’s model of industrial bureaucracy set up a caste system of thinkers and doers that persists to this day. Although the total quality management and kaizen movements both emphasized employee empowerment, the basic bureaucratic approach still dominates.

A 2019 Gallup survey found that only one in five U.S. employees strongly agreed with the statement “My opinions seem to count at work” and fewer than one in 10 with the statement “I take risks at my job that could lead to new products or solutions.” In the 2015 American Working Conditions Survey, just 11% of frontline U.S. employees said they were consistently able to influence decisions important to their work. Meanwhile, our analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that 70% of U.S. employees are in jobs deemed to require little or no originality.


Though today’s employees are far better educated than their early-20th-century forebears, the distinction between managers and employees—the clever and the compliant—is still deeply entrenched. As a result, a vast reservoir of human ingenuity is going untapped. That depresses the performance of individual firms and the economy overall.


HBR_ Harnessing Everyday Genius  by gary Hamel and Michele Zanini    PDF

How companies are giving more ownership to employees


“Active learning works, and social learning works,” said Anant Agarwal, founder and chief executive of edX. “And you have to understand that teaching online and learning online are skills of their own.”

Data science and machine learning,  Python and TensorFlow and has a portfolio of projects on GitHub, where software developers display their work.
  • Understanding remote communication technology
  • Thinking skills
  • Supply-chain innovation
  • Process management
  • Distribution infrastructure
  • Customer focus
  • Digital tools (cloud, phishing)
  • Social media, Google docs
  1. Want employees to see that their opinion counts and that they can improve their skills
  2. Countries need to increase the skills of their work force to handle work levels that support critical process and thinking skills needed by companies.
  3. Business will need people who understand innovative practices to help companies recover during and after the pandemic is over.
  4. Systems to work around the ability of bringing people together for learning and training.
  5. New work models based on organization use of AL, Analytics, IOT,  and Robotics  


Detail Learning Plan  

The basic project for the students:

The learning can be broken into major parts

0.0 Using morning messages to start the day

Start the class by first breaking up the class into teams of 4-5 people.  The learning will progress in order of starting at unit 1.0 thru 9.0.  The team members are to read the FLIP pages prior to the class.  The goal is to get the students to begin self-learning.  When looking at the FLIP learning, it is best to have a learning buddy studying with you. 

Begin each training session with a Video that explains the lesson  

1.0  Encouraging students to take charge of their learning

Ice Breaker ...   Marshmallow project (Begin our thoughts on the problem to be solved)

Brain Plasticity (Mindset)

Community (Society)  Business foundation
Non-Verbal Communication My Appearances
 2.0 Your strengths & Attitude

Valuing yourself, attitude, confidence, Social & Emotional learning, your goals

FLIP     About You 

Your Strength Life Goals
Attitude Ownership, Our Brand
SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) Questioning  (See below)
3.0 Forming teams and setting community values, norms

see forming team-work-2 handbook above

Flip learning page

Charter (Purpose, Rules, Structure, Community authorization, Goals)  Culture ( Values, Norms, Rituals, Beliefs, Moral Compass)
Similar Teams Coaching Support
Quality processing Measurements


Cognitive Tool kit for Corporate Design

Project Management, Process, Customer focus, Measurements, Communication, Questioning 

FLIP  Tools

Planning/ Gannet charts Info-Mapping, Process mapping
Process Design & Simplification Scared Skills
Time Management Communication Tools
Learning Process Digital Literacy:  Integrating skills using digital skills
Problem Solving Using Technology Computer and Mobile Device Interactions Basic Tools (e.g., Email, Word Processing)  Data Security and Safety Data Ethics

Catalogues of work activities  Project Management

  • developing a shared mission and objectives,

  • organizing work, planning and follow-up

  • developing competencies,

  • driving innovation, customer needs

  • coordinating with others teams

  •  managing performance— measurements


5.0 a) Picking a project ...  b)  Requirements & Measurements


Flip Problem framing, Design

Framing the problem Requirement
5 Whys Root Cause analysis
6.0 Problem solving process...  another design process  Circular design


Flip:  Problem-Solving

Divergent/ Convergent Thinking Critical Thinking
Brain Storming Creative Thinking
System Thinking Decision Making
Magical Thinking Innovation ... making things better
7.0 Testing:   Testing and Reflection 

FLIP: Testing

Reflection What have we learned?
Evaluation of the Design  
8.0 Public reporting and feedback

FLIP:  Reporting

Presentation, Elevator Pitch Meta-Cognition
Listening Feedback to future Teams
9.0 Follow-up refresher Monthly meeting's/ Mentoring
1 year industry mentoring Life Coaching/ Reflection



Using Questions as a teaching tool:  Web-Page Questions

Deeper Learning through Questioning - TEAL
Using Questions     Questioning Framework for Shaping Environmental Literacy Charles E. Roth, Earthlore Associates
How to initiate your child asking good questions
Exercise for students around asking good questions

Questions to encourage students to thinks more deeply



Key Documents:

Pre-employment training-12  
Team Manual-3A  
Self-directed learning-3  
Tools to build Education sites  
Google Class Room Teachable
Gillian Perkins https://kajabi.com/lbt
https://www.facebook.com/business/resource?utm_source&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=30192 Thinkfit
https://www.udemy.com/home/teaching/onboarding/teaching-experience  Creating Videos
More than one path to a new career ... US Gov't Web


Things the student needs to think about:Down-loaded Doc.

Task Description
 pwc-workforce-of-the-future  Formatted-process-documents
Company-Needs Accenture ... Skills to Succeed   Web page


Tutorials on learning tools ...     Document Outline

Cognitive tool set Balance Scorecard
Learning Outcomes Aspects of Teamwork
Ownership Mindset Solving the Right Problem
Social & Emotional Learning End to End Processing
Quality Systems Personal Interaction
Branding yourself Communication Skills
Problem Solving & Thinking Skills Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Scared Skills Discussion Business Needs
Business process simplification  


On-Line resources for skill needs

Employment skills listed by job What are the top 10 skills that will get you a job