The recent GOP failure marks a rare moment of demonstrated evidence that negative criticism and the opposition mindset create no value. Meanwhile, by elimination, the evidence also says that constructive criticism is more valuable for solving problems. This message is important for educators who are struggling to inspire building-wide buy-in for positive behavioral recognition in their schools, but it is also important to business leaders who have the same struggle trying to create a positive, creative culture.
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Tags: career guidance, communication, gender, leadership, rewards
Tags: Advice and humor, competence, confidence, humor, status
Tags: comparing students, critical thinking, nostalgia, students, teaching
“Sometimes, rather than compare students to previous groups, we compare them to ourselves. Maybe you were a great student. Plenty of teachers were; we loved school so much we became teachers. But a lot of students in your peer group were not like you; because you were a kid, you didn’t know about all the problems that were being handled while you were out at recess or sitting on the carpet for story time. You didn’t know about all the homework that didn’t get turned in or the other kids’ low quiz scores. And if you were the kind of kid who turned work in on time and never talked back, if your handwriting was neat and your clothes completely free of rips or questionable slogans, you’re in a perfect position to be incredibly judgmental of every student who isn’t just like you were. And that’s a whole heck of a lot of kids.So if that’s the case, instead of thinking about how you were as a student, try widening that lens a bit and remember some of the other kids you went to school with. Not everyone was an excellent student. Not everyone behaved. And now that you’re the one in charge, they are all yours.”
Tags: leadership, negative attitudes, negativity, positive behavior, problem solving
Tags: apologies, church, the Pope
The Pope’s apology has been analyzed and defended and criticized recently. In this article, the reporter suggests that the apology was powerful as a tool and an opportunity, and in so doing, suggests new ways that diplomacy and negotiations work between countries, even for organizations like the Church.For me, it reopens the centuries-old question about authority and representation, but from a business standpoint. Instead of asking Who is the Nation? We can now ask, Who is the corporation? Authority and how authority is given, maintained, and wielded, seems to have gotten more
Tags: brainstorms, creativity, Decision making, design, solutions, sprint
Group brainstorms don’t work. A Google exec says this is a far better approach –
The big idea of the sprint is to take a small team, clear the schedule for a week, and rapidly progress from problem to tested solution. On Monday, you make a map of the problem. On Tuesday, each individual sketches solutions. On Wednesday, you decide which sketches are strongest. On Thursday, you build realistic a prototype. And on Friday, you test that prototype with five target customers. It’s like fast-forwarding into the future to see your finished product in the market.
Tags: businesses, community, district, education, partnerships, school community, school-business partnerships
School-Business Partnerships That Work: Success Stories from Schools of All Sizes
Schools and businesses are working together to benefit students, teachers, and entire communities. Successful partnerships can be found across the grades, in schools large and small. Included: Education World’s “Principal Files” principals offer ideas, tips for successful school-business partnerships.