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Issues related to owning and managing an English language school in English as a Foreign Language situations.
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Criticism Is Not Feedback

Criticism Is Not Feedback | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
There’s a huge difference between feedback and criticism. Feedback is helpful and constructive; criticism is hurtful and damaging.
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18 quick tips on how to give meaningful feedback that will be appreciated.
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Getting to Yes: Interests vs. Positions

In Getting to Yes, look for solutions that best address the interests of both sides.
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Creative thinking and questions are necessary in order for a win-win solution: find out what their interests are, not where they stand on an issue.
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Spring Campaign

Spring Campaign | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
CAI’s spring campaign will directly fund boundary walls, tent schools, and essential supplies. Education has the power to break negative cycles.
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Central Asia Institute has been building schools in some of the world's most remote and challenging places for 20 years.
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Young Children and STEP Eiken

Young Children and STEP Eiken | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Unprofessional and Irresponsible I’m going to be blunt here. I believe forcing young children to take the STEP Eiken test has a high chance of being pointless, counter-productive, and even ir…
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Stop The Compliments and Show Me Some Gratitude - Lolly Daskal | Leadership | Lolly Daskal

Stop The Compliments and Show Me Some Gratitude - Lolly Daskal | Leadership | Lolly Daskal | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
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How compliments can backfire:

As everyone walked out of the room, he yelled out, “Great Job, job well done! Could not have done it without you.” As the door closed, I couldn’t help thinking What the hell was that?

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The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No and Still Get to Yes - Microsoft Research

The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No and Still Get to Yes - Microsoft Research | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
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Negotiation expert William Ury explains how to say no--positively. A good no is actually a Yes!-No.-Yes? Apply it to student behavior, employees, spouses, even yourself.

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The Four Styles of Management | Organizational Physics by Lex Sisney

The Four Styles of Management | Organizational Physics by Lex Sisney | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
The Four Styles of Management
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Better understand how you work--and how you work with others--by thinking about management styles: the Stabilizer, Producer, Unifier, and Innovator.

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Pétition · Tell the Japanese government to keep social sciences education in universities · Change.org

Pétition · Tell the Japanese government to keep social sciences education in universities · Change.org | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
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Petition to reverse the order for Japanese public universities to drop critical programs.

 

A June 8 letter from Hakubun Shimomura, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, to all of Japan’s 86 national universities and all of the nation’s higher education organizations asks them to take “active steps to abolish [social science and humanities] organizations or to convert them to serve areas that better meet society’s needs.” The call focuses on undergraduate departments and graduate programs that train teachers, and includes the areas of law and economics.

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Clean Up Your Mess - A Guide to Visual Design for Everyone

Clean Up Your Mess - A Guide to Visual Design for Everyone | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
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How you communicate your organization to others is about how they receive it. Here are some tips on design, whether it's your website, flyers, or printed communications with students.

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The perils of “Growth Mindset” education: Why we’re trying to fix our kids when we should be fixing the system

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education: Why we’re trying to fix our kids when we should be fixing the system | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
The problem with sweeping, generic claims about the power of attitudes or beliefs isn’t just a risk of overstating the benefits but also a tendency to divert attention from the nature of the tasks themselves: How valuable are they, and who gets to decide whether they must be done?
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But the first problem with this seductively simple script change is that praising children for their effort carries problems of its own, as several studies have confirmed: It can communicate that they’re really not very capable and therefore unlikely to succeed at future tasks. (“If you’re complimenting me just for trying hard, I must really be a loser.”)

 

The more serious concern, however, is that what’s really problematic is praise itself. It’s a verbal reward, an extrinsic inducement, and, like other rewards, is often construed by the recipient as manipulation.

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▶ Ken Robinson on Passion - YouTube

https://youtu.be/-M8Hl5MUr8w
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Inspiring storyteller Sir Ken Robinson talks about finding passion as well as the non-linear aspect of life. As teachers, we can be open to the unforeseeable future for our students as they search for their own happiness.

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FIFA Scandal: The Complicated Science of Corruption

FIFA Scandal: The Complicated Science of Corruption | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
It's tempting to blame corruption on bad morals. But scientists who study organizations say that corruption — or abuse of power for private gain — is very complicated.
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Corruption can happen anywhere. Here's some insight into how to fix it and prevent it.

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I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me

How a simplistic, unworkable, and ultimately stifling conception of social justice took over the American college campus.
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Are schools moving away from engaging with uncomfortable issues?

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Teaching in 2017 – The Importance of Questioning what is Normal

Teaching in 2017 – The  Importance of Questioning what is Normal | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
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Strippers, herds, and questioning. Happy New Year!
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Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool

Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Three suggestions to try this week.
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A few simple yet powerful tips on listening.
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Children Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Prisoners

Children Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Prisoners | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
'One hour outside a day? That would be torture.'
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How often do you take your English classes outside?
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10 Qualities of People With High Emotional Intelligence

10 Qualities of People With High Emotional Intelligence | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
If you want to know if you have high emotional intelligence, here are a few tips to guide you along the way.
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Your Emotional Intelligence affects the way you'll be able to lead students, staff, and teachers toward your school's common goal. EI  includes the ability to identify your own emotions as well as those of others; the ability to harness those emotions, manage them, and apply them. The 10 Qualities discussed include not being perfectionist, balancing work and play, embracing change, staying focused, being empathetic and more.

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Infiltrating the World of English Language Teaching

Infiltrating the World of English Language Teaching | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
In this monthly blog, I intend to write about lessons learned and insights gained from building up a chain of language schools with educational rather than business goals, infiltrating traditional educational systems to encourage them to be more student centered, setting up an association for teachers who had previously gone under the radar of existing associations, infiltrating Facebook, establishing MA programs in Japan, going bankrupt . . and much more 
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David Paul's blog debut, part of the new Language Teaching Professionals website.

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20 Lessons They Won't Teach You in Business School

20 Lessons They Won't Teach You in Business School | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
You learn a lot when you've been CEO of a public company for 20 years. Here are some important lessons that they won't teach you in business school.
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Lessons from a CEO to help your school survive the long haul.

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12 Clues You’re Hiring a Terrible Manager

12 Clues You’re Hiring a Terrible Manager | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
In a recent post I suggested managerial fit is more important to a person’s success than cultural fit. While 95% agreed, a few people commented that
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What to look for when hiring or promoting someone for a management position at your school.

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Japan Dumbs Down Its Universities

Japan Dumbs Down Its Universities | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Dropping social sciences, humanities and law from the curriculum isn't smart.
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Essentially, Japan’s government just ordered all of the country’s public universities to end education in the social sciences, the humanities and law. 

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Bruce Lee on the Power of Repose and the Strength of Yielding

Bruce Lee on the Power of Repose and the Strength of Yielding | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it

Under the heading “Self-cultivation,” he considers the essential purpose of leisure in spiritual development and writes:

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Bruce Lee on the essential purpose of leisure, the avenue toward mastery, and how overcoming superiority can be achieved with the strength of yielding.

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Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning

Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
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Short video on Project-Based Learning detailing characteristics of a good program.

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Powerful images show what it’s like to read when you have dyslexia

Powerful images show what it’s like to read when you have dyslexia | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
A design project tackles the frustration of living with a learning disability
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Dyslexic graphic designer tries to show what it's like to have dyslexia, though the condition is actually related to sound--meaning it's difficult for people to hear and distinguish the individual sounds, or phonemes, or a language.

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3 Ways You Can Rewrite a Bad Work Relationship

3 Ways You Can Rewrite a Bad Work Relationship | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
You can be the one to take control of the relationship and create those positive relations with others, regardless of the differences you may have.
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Strategies for improving difficult relationships at work.

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