The 1 Thing Every Organization Should Learn From The New England Patriots

Lance Excellence, Forbes Comments

Originally posted at Forbes.com A full disclosure of partisan bias at the start: As a lifelong fan of the Denver Broncos, it goes against my mental grain to acknowledge anything positive about the New England Patriots beyond their obvious success. In the first post-9/11 Super Bowl, I rooted for their improbable upset as the appropriately-named patriotic underdogs of Super Bowl XXXVI. But, …

Leading to the Test

Lance Excellence, Forbes, Integrity, Leadership Comments

Originally posted at Forbes.com Teaching to the test It is a four-word phrase that is as much a curse for teachers who mutter in frustration amongst themselves as it is for parents who complain about it in frustration on social media. The well-known cycle that has led to the well-documented antipathy for this is as follows: Institute a simple set of numerical …

The Focusing Power of “No”

Lance Discipline, Excellence Comments

I just love this. We also established very clearly from the start that we’d never allow a customer to pay us more than that top-tier price. Not even for a customized version of Basecamp for a massive enterprise company that’s offering to throw $100,000 our way. We would never waver from our mantra: If you’re a big company with special …

Learning As Professional Work

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Tutors get a bad rap. To clarify: as a profession, they are thought of fine enough; it’s the need of a tutor’s services that gets viewed in a negative light. Regardless of the subject matter, the hiring of a tutor is often seen as a sign that something is wrong with the way things are and steps are being taken …