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More Than Half of Students 'Engaged' in School, Says Poll

More Than Half of Students 'Engaged' in School, Says Poll | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A new report from Gallup Education shows just how powerful schools and teachers can be in motivating students to take an active role in the classroom.
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This is more about engagement and motivation. Read carefully that this reports refers to school climate, learning, hope for the future, positive approaches, and passion.

 

excerpt: "Students who have teachers who make them “feel excited about the future” and who attend schools that they see as committed to building their individual strengths are 30 times more likely than other students to show other signs of engagement in the classroom—a key predictor of academic success, according to a report released Wednesday by Gallup Education."

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8 traits of successful entrepreneurs--Do you have what it takes? | MBDA Web Portal

8 traits of successful entrepreneurs--Do you have what it takes? | MBDA Web Portal | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The Minority Business Development Agency Web Portal

 

Successful entrepreneurs, from Henry Ford to Steve Jobs, share similar qualities with one another. To see how you rank against these distinguished entrepreneurs, do you share at least half of these qualities?

 

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Why Unqualified Candidates Get Hired Anyway — HBS Working Knowledge

Why Unqualified Candidates Get Hired Anyway — HBS Working Knowledge | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Why do businesses evaluate candidates solely on past job performance, failing to consider the job's difficulty? Why do university admissions officers focus on high GPAs, discounting influence of easy grading standards?
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The article feature two studies and the implications that for all the procedures and policies in place, they are most likely unsuccessfull in overcoming bias against hiring most qualified candidates.

 

Maybe we should start looking to see if there is an app for that decision making...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 13, 2013 7:09 PM

It is not a perfect science, but we need to do a better job. This is very much the case in education where teachers who should not be teachers become administrators.

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5 Characteristics Of Grit -- How Many Do You Have?

5 Characteristics Of Grit -- How Many Do You Have? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

The characteristics of grit outlined below include Duckworth’s findings as well as some that defy measurement. Duckworth herself is the first to say that the essence of grit remains elusive. It has hundreds of correlates, with nuances and anomalies, and your level depends on the expression of their interaction at any given point. Sometimes it is stronger, sometimes weaker, but the constancy of your tenacity is based on the degree to which you can access, ignite, and control it. So here are a few of the more salient characteristics to see how you measure up.

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excerpt: "Duckworth, based on her studies, tweaked this definition to be “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” 

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Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think.

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Why extroverts fail, introverts flounder and you probably succeed

Why extroverts fail, introverts flounder and you probably succeed | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

The typical view that extroverts make the best leaders has one teensy flaw: It’s probably not true. Article by Daniel H. Pink in Washington Post's 'On Leadership'. 


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donhornsby's curator insight, February 13, 2013 8:00 AM

(From the article): Spend a day with any leader in any organization, and you’ll quickly discover that the person you’re shadowing, whatever his or her official title or formal position, is actually in sales. These leaders are often pitching customers and clients, of course. But they’re also persuading employees, convincing suppliers, sweet-talking funders or cajoling a board. At the core of their exalted work is a less glamorous truth: Leaders sell.

 

So what kind of personality makes the best salesperson — and therefore, presumably, the most effective leader?

Russ Bergeman's curator insight, February 13, 2013 9:51 AM

There is some great information in this piece that may change your perspective on the influence that personality (especially at the extremes) has on leadership and/or sales. The author believes that effective leadership involves salesmanship. The question then becomes, which personality type makes the most effectives salesperson: introvert, extrovert, or a third type.

 

The findings are interesting and demonstrate to me that leadership requires a sense of moderation on the part of the individual.