Leading to the Test

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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”

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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 …

Most vs Most Important

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Recently, and very much out of the blue, my 8-yr-old son spontaneously sprouted interest in learning and playing the game of chess. Baffled by the request but happy to oblige, I pulled out our chess set and walked him through the various pieces and how they move around the board. For the most part: castling and en passant will be revelations …

Engaged Team Players and Connected Brains

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At the beginning of the third and final day of EntreLeadership Summit 2016, this was me and my brain: Only 13 pages of notes, and it certainly wasn’t due to the lack of material. Patrick Lencioni and Dr. Henry Cloud were straight dealing yesterday … but my brain’s capacity was just full and its stamina was stretched. Since brains are front and …