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Strategy Is No Longer A Game Of Chess

Strategy Is No Longer A Game Of Chess | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
By relying on traditional notions of power and influence, today’s authoritarians are fighting a 20th century battle in a 21st century world.
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excerpt: "As political scientist Moisés Naím explains in, The End of Power, overthrows are becoming the rule, rather than the exception. He writes, “Power is easier to get, but harder to use or keep,” and I think that encapsulates the challenge that leaders today are facing.

Everybody, from governments, to religions, to even militaries on the battlefield are having to learn to live with greatly diminished advantages to scale.  Superior capital, technology and market share no longer confer the benefits they once did.  In fact, they might even blind us to dangers that loom under the surface."

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Smart Teacher? Hard Teacher? Passionate Teacher? | Educate Texas

Smart Teacher? Hard Teacher? Passionate Teacher? | Educate Texas | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

The discussion on teacher appraisal is heated because states and districts are linking student test scores to teacher performance and using the data to make decisions on pay, promotion, and retention of teachers. These high-stakes consequences can limit useful conversations on the pros and cons of these tools and how they could best be used in practice. There is real pressure, because of legislation in many states and new federal funding streams like Race to the Top, for states and districts to quickly develop and implement appraisal systems that measure teacher effectiveness. The notion that teachers should be held at least partly responsible for how their students achieve makes sense, but what is the best way to do this?

 
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excerpt: "How can you assess something as complex as teaching if you have not defined what you should measure? There are three categories in which teacher quality is measured, including (1) teacher qualifications (2) teaching quality and (3) teacher effectiveness. Each category is measured in numerous ways that vary in complexity and validity." 

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Ezra Klein and Media Companies as Cults of Personality

Ezra Klein and Media Companies as Cults of Personality | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
One of the biggest pet theories in media is that individual rock stars can create their own businesses out of sheer force of personality (and their own talent).The hypothesis will be put to the test
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little known fact: "In life sciences, for example, many of the best big-money medical breakthroughs are develop by upstarts who buy the intellectual property from big companies who can't use it or focus on it. The difference is, however, that the big companies in that sector will then partner, fund and happily acquire these companies - supporting the growth of innovation in that sector."

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Leadership: Research Findings, Practice, and Skills

Charisma is a special quality of leaders whose purposes, powers, and extraordinary determination differentiate them from others. It is also a positive and compelling quality of a person that makes many others want to be led by that person. An important element of charismatic leadership involves the attributions made by group members about the characteristics of leaders and the results they achieve. Social network members often influence a person's attributions of charisma. The relationship between group members and the leader is important because of these attributions. Charismatic leaders frequently manage their impressions to cultivate relationships with group members.

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from the article: "Charismatic and transformational leaders communicate their visions, goals, and directives in a colorful, imaginative, and expressive manner. Communication effectiveness allows for management by inspiration. One technique for inspiring others is to use metaphors, analogies, and organizational stories. Another is gearing language to different audiences. Charismatic and transformational leaders also extensively use memorable anecdotes to get messages across."

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9 Tips on How to Be Honest With Someone Without Being Negative

9 Tips on How to Be Honest With Someone Without Being Negative | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Learn how to be honest about sensitive subjects without sounding too negative.

 

Here are 9 key tips on how to be honest with someone:

Look at the situation from their perspective before you do anything.

 

Ask yourself if this is something that really needs to be said. Are you telling them anything they don’t know or haven’t acknowledged?

 

Choose your words carefully – say it to yourself before you say it out-loud. How does it sound?

 

Don’t insult, blame, exaggerate, or be judgmental. Use a calm and respectful tone while describing the problem.

 

Do it in private. You don’t want the person to feel like they are being pressured by a bunch of people all at once.

 

Always offer a solution. Don’t just state a problem if you don’t have some good advice to go with it.

 

Admit you could be wrong. This is just your opinion, the person doesn’t have to agree with you.

 

Let it go if you notice the person is responding negatively toward it. Don’t persist if they aren’t interested in talking about it.

 

Go back to being a good friend again. Don’t make it awkward.
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This might help students as well as teachers and administrators. Social skills need to be taught, sometimes explicitly. Might be useful for a number of different classrooms and social settings, including the speech therapist's space or office when trying to teach pragmatic language skills to students with ADHD/ADD, on the autism spectrum, or students with lagging skills in the language or social skills.

 

I love it when adults say something devastating and rationalize the disasterous response with "I was just being honest." And by love I mean I really really have no patience with such statements. 

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Are You a Thought Leader? - Delivering Happiness

Are You a Thought Leader? - Delivering Happiness | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Delivering Happiness - Are You a Thought Leader? delivering happiness, book, happiness, delivering, at work, zappos, Tony Hsieh, business, corporate culture, entrepreneur
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4 Ways to Overcome Age-Related Tension in the Office

4 Ways to Overcome Age-Related Tension in the Office | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Workers waste a surprising amount of time due to generational conflict. (RT @EntMagazine: Workers lose a surprising amount of time due to age-related conflict.

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Eileen Easterly's curator insight, February 20, 2014 10:07 AM

This article discusses the idea that if we attribute a "bad" behavior to an age-group stereotype, we assume the behavior won't be changed, and will not try to resolve the conflict.

 

Push through the assumptions and work on resolving the conflict!

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How to manage effectively in the face of risk

How to manage effectively in the face of risk | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
excerpt: "Resilience in this context is a basic capacity to recover quickly from stress, to endure greater measures of stress, and to adapt new methods to deal with ongoing stress to a given system. According to an article in Forbes from 2013, business organizations that work on short- and long-term goals, prioritize middle management, invest resources into building a culture, and embrace cognitive diversity all have better chances at succeeding in building resilience."
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When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change

When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The defensive brain is not the listening-and-learning brain.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 5, 2014 11:45 AM

Encouragement is always better than criticism.  Focusing on that as opposed to negative traits leads to a positive school and classroom environment.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, January 5, 2014 12:24 PM
I always find Encouragement seems to find a positive attitude. I too am more likely to do more if encouraged, so I suppose it works both ways :)
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What Is It to Be Intellectually Humble?

What Is It to Be Intellectually Humble? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Knowledge comes into us through a variety of channels that can be blocked by our concern for status, and the successful knowledge-seeker will be one who keeps those channels open. The process requires that we be able to “listen,” either literally or figuratively, to what others say. If what they say shows them to be superior to us in knowledge, we will be hampered in our learning if our first reaction is to try to show that we know as much as they or more. The process also requires that we be corrigible, that we be open to the possibility that our opinions are in some way misguided. If, whenever our status as knowers is threatened by the specter of correction, we feel that we must prove ourselves to have been in the right, we will have closed off an avenue of knowledge and crippled ourselves as inquirers. It can be particularly galling, if one lacks intellectual humility, to be corrected in a public forum; and the galling can obstruct the process of learning.

 
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The most important value for learners is humility, but it should not be considered the only value. Credibility should be held as another value, but also is not the only value of imporance.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 17, 4:48 PM

Skepticism begins with our own thinking and ideas.

 

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Five Ways to Change Someone Else's Mind

Five Ways to Change Someone Else's Mind | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
There are times when you want other people to act or think a certain way - namely, the way you think and act. There's an art to persuasion that begins with a few simple rules. The first comes from
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I often make this mistake and this exerpt, describing this kind of mistake, is powerful: "Make the other person feel right. Don't make them feel wrong. This point might win the prize for what gets ignored most often. Anytime you bully somebody, lord it over them, use your position of authority, or act superior, you are making that person feel wrong. We all feel wrong when we are judged against. We feel right when we are accepted, understood, appreciated, and approved of. (I've met at least one hugely successful executive who built his entire career on making other people feel that they were the most important person in the room.) If you make someone else feel accepted, you have established a genuine bond, at which point they will lower their defenses. If you push someone away instead by making them feel wrong, their defenses will turn twice as strong."


We like to say that there is no place in society for persuasion, but we believe in persuasion. I believe there are times that persuasion is appopriate, justified, or necessary. However, there are those that support the idea that the most effective learning is from the information-seeking dialogue where authority, coercion, manipulation are not employed, and information is shared openly and transparently. 

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