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Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy

Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

If your boss is a jerk, there might be a scientific reason for it. A new study suggests feeling powerful dampens the part of the brain that helps us connect with others.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Verica Markovic's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:17 AM

Etude intéressante, mais à nuancer.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:52 PM

Not surprising but still needs more exploration by authentic leaders, the key is that one can overpower the tendency to quelsh empathy in their roles. But it is not easy nor is it often truly understood.

Chris Brown's curator insight, October 2, 2013 6:05 PM

"Whether you're with a team at work [or] your family dinner, all of that hinges on how we adapt our behaviors to the behaviors of other people, and power takes a bite out of that ability, which is too bad."

 

A powerful statement.  How can we keep focused on connecting to others so we don't become less empathetic?

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“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource - GeekDad (blog)

“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource - GeekDad (blog) | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource GeekDad (blog) As GeekDads we are probably more aware than others of the increasing interest from parents, schools and businesses of teaching kids to code.
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Leaders who listen create space for great ideas to emerge

At your next meeting, take a page from my mentor Jack and remember that the best way to learn something is to shut up and listen. If inspiration strikes you in the middle of the team meeting, and you’re worried you’ll forget that great thought, jot it down. If the idea is truly that fantastic, it can wait. And it’s highly probable that in the silence of your listening, an even better idea will soon emerge from the group.
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Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (113 Models Explained)

Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (113 Models Explained) | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The smartest people in the world use mental models to solve difficult problems, avoid stupidity, increase productivity, and free up time.
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How To Be The Dumbest Guy In The Room | Digital Tonto

How To Be The Dumbest Guy In The Room | Digital Tonto | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
There are a lot of benefits to being the dumbest guy in the room.  You get to encounter ideas that you never heard of before.  People can explain things to you that you don’t understand.  Dumb people can always be surprised and thereby discover new things.

It isn’t easy, though.  Being truly daft takes a whole lot of effort and courage.  However, it can be accomplished.
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If Humble People Make the Best Leaders, Why Do We Fall for Charismatic Narcissists?

If Humble People Make the Best Leaders, Why Do We Fall for Charismatic Narcissists? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Human beings hunger for superheroes.
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Tell a good story

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Andy Goodman explains why changing advocacy messages can help on Capitol Hill.
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This Is The Future of Corporate Wellness Programs

This Is The Future of Corporate Wellness Programs | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

This Is The Future of Corporate Wellness Programs: Vacation plans that employees actually use, help paying off debt, and taking care of loved ones.

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Leading a Difficult Conversation: There is Help | Leading from the Library

Leading a Difficult Conversation: There is Help | Leading from the Library | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A tough skill for leaders to master is the art of the difficult conversation. Good leaders know how to manage the conversation to achieve a positive resolution. Here’s a new source of guidance for those who want to improve.
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Gifted Children by Leah Davies,

Gifted children represent both a challenge and a resource for schools. Educators have a responsibility to provide programs to meet the educational needs of gifted students who are capable of learning at advanced levels. Ideally, schools would have specifically trained teachers for gifted students who actively collaborate among classroom teachers, themselves and parents to create a challenging and supportive learning experience for these children. While the criteria for identifying gifted students varies from state to state*, the following are characteristics these children commonly exhibit:
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Leaders Need More Skills in Creativity and Appreciation

Leaders Need More Skills in Creativity and Appreciation | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
When all you have is negative criticism, and if all you are looking for are problems, of course you're going to find problems. This is not creative, though. It's not constructive in the purest sense of the word, because “constructive” implies that something is being built.
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Four-ish Reasons to Embrace Vagueness At Work – NewCo Shift

Four-ish Reasons to Embrace Vagueness At Work – NewCo Shift | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
In purely human systems, vagueness is also a recipe for better decision making. The U.S. Constitution had vagueness built into it from the very start. The founders wanted a certain amount of permanently unresolved tension between the three branches of the federal government: the President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court. They knew that the long-term survival of the U.S. depended on a continuous redistribution of power. Assuming that the technology, politics, and economics of the future would be beyond their imagining, they left room for solutions that were also beyond their imagining. 
 
That is why citizens, constitutional scholars, and the members of the three branches of government spend so much time figuring out what the Constitution means. Every American generation has had its unique crisis of government to work out. It’s hard work, but we’re a more resilient country because of it. Forever unfinished, but resilient. 
 
Working within a vague system is tough. But we’d better get used to it. With the world racing forward with more complexity and speed, more vagueness is one of the few things we can be certain of. 
 
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Principal of a School on the Edge

Principal of a School on the Edge | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Stay positive, take it one day at a time, and focus relentlessly on the child in front of you.
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Employee burnout is becoming a huge problem in the American workforce

Employee burnout is becoming a huge problem in the American workforce | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
While companies are posting record profits, Americans are working harder than ever before for a nominal wage increase. The national unemployment rate has been cut in half since 2010 and the economy is projected to grow by almost 50% between 2010 and 2020. Despite this positive outlook, employees are overworked, burned out, and dissatisfied
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The prison reformer’s dilemma | The University of Chicago Magazine

Pfaff concludes that prosecutors need charging guidelines similar to judges’ sentencing guidelines—scoring systems that weigh elements in a case so that similar offenders are treated equally. Currently they have “unfettered discretion” over how to handle a case in which, for example, a dozen different statutes might apply.

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How to Keep Kids Excited About School

How to Keep Kids Excited About School | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Recently, there have been gains in the U.S. high school graduation rate. Still, more can be done to help students feel involved and enthusiastic at school. Here are six ideas to address the school engagement cliff:
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Twenty-one and in high school - The Hechinger Report

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While other schools adopt different strategies to keep students in class, Bronx Arena, in the Bronx borough of New York City, is betting on close relationships and a personalized academic program to get the job done. This model demands more resources than those available to a traditional high school, but given that the typical high school dropout costs the state an estimated $300,000 over their lifetime, Cesene argues that the math is elementary.
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Should Every Child Know Computer Science?

Should Every Child Know Computer Science? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
According to a new national survey from Google and Gallup, just more than half of seventh- through 12th-grade students attend a school that offers a dedicated computer-science class. Black students are less likely than their white peers to have access to such courses, and teachers and parents are more likely to tell boys that they would be good at computer science than they are girls. That a disproportionate number of technical workers at companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook are white and male is no surprise.

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Poughkeepsie students learn to help peers in distress

Poughkeepsie High School students are the first in Dutchess County to be certified in youth mental health first aid.
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Transcript of New Orleans Mayor Landrieu's address on Confederate monuments

Transcript of New Orleans Mayor Landrieu's address on Confederate monuments | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Just hours before workers removed a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee — the fourth Confederate monument to be dismantled in New Orleans in recent…
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How the quality of school lunch affects students’ academic performance | Brookings Institution

How the quality of school lunch affects students’ academic performance | Brookings Institution | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
In 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The main goal of the law was to raise the minimum nutritional standards for public school lunches served as part of the Nat…
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Myths Of Companies With No Management

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There are a lot of creative benefits to alternative management structures, but there are some downsides too.
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Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve

Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
the characteristics common to Level 5 leaders: humility, will, ferocious resolve, and the tendency to give credit to others while assigning blame to themselves. Collins fleshes out his Level 5 theory by telling colorful tales about 11 such leaders from recent business history.
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What Do People Know About Excellent Teaching and Learning? - Center for American Progress

What Do People Know About Excellent Teaching and Learning? - Center for American Progress | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The misalignment between what the public thinks and what the research says about student learning and effective teaching is troubling. But the problem is clearly solvable, and researchers, practitioners, and policymakers must take focused steps to elevate the science of learning and communicate the findings to the public.
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ASCD - ESSA State Implementation Map

State Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is prompting many changes to state and local education policies. It’s crucial for educators to be involved in these implementation decisions, particularly around new accountability systems, professional development and evaluation requirements, and well-rounded education provisions. To help keep you informed and engaged in this process, this map provides links to state resources and opportunities for involvement. The amount of information and level of detail varies by state (and is entirely dependent on what each state provides) but may include links to four specific areas:
State ESSA Resources
Task Forces or Committees
Opportunities for Input
Information Updates

Click on your state to learn more.
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Women Are Losing Professional Ambition As Their Careers Progress

Women Are Losing Professional Ambition As Their Careers Progress | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
“Desire to advance to a top position declines at the senior manager level and above and drops from 72% to 57% as reality sets in about the challenges for advancement to senior leadership,” the report says.
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A reminder that we can "blame the victim" when we expect women to persevere despite the realities of the workplace and of the surrounding society of the organization that they work for. Then, when that is understood, you can expand that view to racial inequalities where a minority male may also discover and accept realities of the workplace and of the surrounding society of the organization that they work for. "Loss of ambition" can occur to anyone at any time when perspective limits ambition. Using Occam's Razor-type thinking, we can discard the gender, race, and ethnicity labels to simply blame the organizations culture and leadership for the lack of ambition in employees. The messages sent to employees can vary, but in the end, the perceptions and beliefs need to be understood and changed, requiring a more mindful approach to communicating expectations and rewarding employees consistently so that the messages are validated. Employees should not be expected to be crazy enough to ignore the limitations of their own experiences and observations in order to maintain their ambition and to persevered. 
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