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How to Go From a Good Idea to a Great Execution

Use this 7-step template to make it happen. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith did it.<p>Best selling author and executive coach,Dr. Marshall Goldsmith just announced his pay-it-forward project, 100 Coaches, where one hundred leaders agreed to teach others what they know. <i>For free</i>.<p>Goldsmith came up with the idea …

Want to Be a Better Leader This Year? Start With This 1 Rare Habit

In 1970, Robert K. Greenleaf wrote a classic that has stood the test of time. One of the practices in his book defines the best leaders today.<p>In Robert K. Greenleaf's classic 1970 essay, <i>The Servant as Leader</i>, he recorded his personal observations over the course of 38 years (while employed at AT&T) …

What Do Post-It Notes, Amazon Drones and Gmail All Have in Common? They Were Developed With the Same Leadership Technique.

How intrapreneurship can transform your business.<p>National President, National Society of Leadership and Success<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What do drone deliveries, Post-Its and Gmail have in common?<p>Other than being innovative (and profitable), all three were born …

Innovation

Are Your Emotions a Personal Choice? How to Stay Resilient in Any Situation

You can be the person who, even during the toughest times, can find success and happiness.<p>We've all heard of this confusing paradox before: someone who seemingly has nothing is happier than the next person who has everything.<p>Just as we hear stories of the wealthy and privileged actually being …

Self-help

Adam Grant: Stop Using Behavioral Interview Questions (and Do This Instead)

Nope, despite what you've heard, this type of interview question isn't particularly effective.<p>A heap of studies show unstructured job interviews are basically useless, and that popular questions about weaknesses, strengths, and imagined career trajectories accomplish close to nothing when it comes …

Employment

Top 6 Digital Transformation Trends In Education

This is a continuation of my series looking at how digital transformation has impacted every industry. Today’s focus is on educational trends.<p>Educators from all grade-levels are coming to realize the benefits of technology in the classroom. Typically, education is one of the last industries to make …

Education Technology

Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools

IN 1953 B.F. Skinner visited his daughter’s maths class. The Harvard psychologist found every pupil learning the same topic in the same way at the …

Education Technology

The Benefits of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly given small opportunities to build up or put down our coworkers in the ways we talk about them. When we introduce two colleagues, tell a story about how a meeting went, or share a colleague’s work, how we “narrate others” can make a big difference in …

Waking Up at 5 A.M. Doesn't Make Your Morning Routine Great. But These 5 Things Do

Mornings are where the tone for your day is set. Having a powerful routine goes a long way in setting you up for a successful day.<p>3:45 a.m.<p>That's when the alarm sounds for Apple CEO Tim Cook. And Cook isn't alone either, many other successful CEOs have boasted similar stories of waking up early. …

Time Management

5 Ways to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Creativity

For starters, don't use your phone as an alarm clock.<p>Entrepreneurs have to be a bottomless pit of creativity, don’t they? Not only do we have to dream up big ideas, we also have to innovate new ways of executing them. And the sheer number of hours it takes to build a successful business can also …

Studies Show that Restraints Are a Major Creativity Booster

Want to be more creative? Restrain yourself.<p>Despite what our left brain really knows, we still have skewed impressions when it comes to creativity. Anyone who's ever been hired by a client and given full "creative freedom" to produce what they want knows what a Trojan horse that old chestnut can …

Creativity

5 Brain Training Techniques to Cultivate Your Creative Genius

Brain science reveals creativity is just as much a skill you can develop as it is a gift to be thankful for.<p>The ingenious inventor, the savvy entrepreneur, the innovative scientist, the imaginative writer… No matter what our field or area of expertise, we all seek to be more creative and …

What Employees Want to See Most in Their Bosses Comes Down to a Single Word, Says Research

In a recent study published in the Harvard Business Review, close to 20,000 employees around the world say there's one thing that leaders need to demonstrate. Hint: Aretha Franklin sang about it 50 years ago.<p>Lets just get right to the bottom of this: What exactly do employees want in their leaders …

Leadership

How to Communicate Clearly During Organizational Change

A former colleague liked to remind leaders of their impact by telling them, “There are children you’ve never met who know your name.” The point was simple: Their followers were also moms or dads who were going home and talking about their day in front of their children. And you, their leader, had a …

What Science Can Teach Us About Capturing an Audience's Attention

Why human brains crave story, suspense, and simplicity.<p>As a speaker, I like to intersperse stories and recommendations throughout all my keynote speeches. For years, I gave my audiences specific take-always which I believed would help them improve their sales.<p>But something funny happened: years …

Public Speaking

The Histories of Personalized Learning

<i>I delivered this talk today at the OEB MidSummit conference in Reykjavik, Iceland</i>I recognize that the theme of this conference is “shaping the future …

Pedagogy

All My BAM! Radio Shows About Ed Tech

Regular readers know that I do a weekly eight-minute online radio show with BAM! that accompanies my Education Week Teacher columns. They’ve become …

4 Unexpected Words Powerful Leaders Say Daily to Inspire Others

Change your language to achieve better relationships and results.<p>It's not a good number. In fact, it's not something anyone in a leadership position wants to admit. However, when a Harvard Business Review survey reveals that 58 percent of people trust strangers, while only 42 percent trust their …

Leadership

Want to Create a Trail-Blazing Social Media Campaign? Here Are 13 Tips From Brands like Airbnb, Coca-Cola, and Starbucks

Running social media campaigns can be quite different from managing your social media profiles on an ongoing basis.<p>Unlike your ongoing social media …

7 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Look at Business

These presentations can teach you about the importance of time off, where you can do your best work, how to pitch to investors and more.<p>TED Talks are a godsend. They introduce us to people we should keep on our radar and concepts we can (and should) work into our everyday lives. They’re accessible …

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Tony Robbins Says Do This 1 Simple Thing

Drawing on the work of a Stanford psychologist, he says changing the way you talk to them can shape their lives for the better.<p>Parents want their kids to be successful. So when I saw that Tony Robbins was giving child-raising advice, I paid attention.<p>Robbins is one of the most successful …

Self-improvement

Want Your Best Employees to Never Leave You? Ask Them 5 Simple Questions

Most important, leaders should be asking these questions before their best people mentally and emotionally check out.<p>Want to do something that will launch you into the new era of HR? Get rid of your exit interviews and replace them with "stay interviews."<p>If you're new to this concept, unlike the …

Employee Engagement

The 2017 Dean’s List: EdTech’s 50 Must-Read Higher Ed Blogs

By Meghan Bogardus CortezThese administrative all-stars, IT gurus, teachers and community experts understand how the latest technology is changing …

List-Worthy

Will Hurd Is the Future of the GOP*

*If he can hold on to the toughest seat in Texas.<p>HELOTES, Texas—Drenched in yellow light and red fog, Robert Earl Keen scratches at his guitar and unloads the lyrics to his trademark anthem with several thousand boot-and-cowboy-hat-clad Texans howling along in delirium. This is the grand finale on …

Republicans

How to Optimize Your Videos for YouTube's Ranking Algorithms

Keep your viewers engaged and keep your video near the top of a YouTube search list.<p>Did you know YouTube values watch time (the amount of time your audience watches a video) in their ranking algorithms? So, by keeping your audience captivated for five, 10 or 15 minutes at a time, you can gain an …

XR is a new way to consider the reality continuum

How often do people sit back and think about the meaning and origin of words? Very rarely — at least in our day-to-day jobs as VCs.<p>For example, it recently dawned on us that the term “movies,” which we all take for granted, is actually a cute colloquial abbreviation of “moving pictures,” which is …

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Three Free Speech-to-Text Tools

Last week during Practical Ed Tech Live I answered a request for free speech-to-text tools. If you missed the broadcast, I suggested Dictation.io and …

Education Technology

10 Tweaks To Your Morning Routine That Will Transform Your Entire Day

How you start your day has a huge impact on your energy level and self-control.<p>I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little boost in their energy and self-control.<p>Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently published findings from their exploration of 83 separate studies on energy and …

This is How Top Bloggers Get 90% of Their Traffic

Get your SEO strategy figured out, then go crazy creating content.<p>When it comes to driving traffic to your blog, one of the most common mistakes people make is spending too much effort on things that barely move the needle. The entire goal of establishing an effective online presence, after all, is …

5 Ways to Raise Resilient Kids

Instead of being victims, resilient people see themselves as being in control of their destinies and get better when bad things happen, versus crumpling.<p>Much has been written about the attributes of high-achieving adults, and what makes them different from everyone else. But if you're a parent, a …

Self-improvement