Dr. Gwen Butler

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Three Reasons You Can No Longer Ignore the Mindfulness Trend

What was once optional has emerged as a unique solution to the demands of the modern workplace.<p>Everyone from Fortune 500 executives to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are talking about mindfulness. Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when you pay attention to the present moment, on purpose, and …

An executive coach explains how to learn in 2 days what normally takes 6 months

If you're not clear on what you're doing, it's hard to be motivated. Which is why seemingly easy tasks, like sending a fax, could end up taking months. There's a lack of clarity on <i>how to do it,</i> so you don't  —  until either you have to or it's too late.<p>Can you relate?<p>Unfortunately, having a lack of …

Motivation

This small Indiana county sends more people to prison than San Francisco and Durham, N.C., combined. Why?

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Donnie Gaddis picked the wrong county to sell 15 oxycodone pills to an undercover officer.<p>If Mr. Gaddis had been caught 20 miles to the east, in Cincinnati, he would have received a maximum of six months in prison, court records show. In San Francisco or Brooklyn, he would …

Is My Family’s ‘Slave Name’ the Wrong One?

Dear Professor Gates:<p><i>I have been working on my family tree for years and cannot find anyone on my father's side earlier than my great-grandparents</i> …

Here's An Idea: Change The Federal Definition Of Student Achievement

Morgan Polikoff has a modest proposal.<p>The associate professor at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education has been looking over the new federal education law. He thinks the Department of Education should abandon what has been the central principle of school accountability …

Education

I'd Never Been Able To Meditate. Here's What Finally Worked For Me

<i>Is it possible for literally everything to go wrong in one day?</i> I thought to myself as I angrily laced up my sneakers.<p>It was a Tuesday, and I'd slept …

"That's Not Fair!" -- Teaching Young Children About Race And Racism, Respect And Diversity

In response to recent police violence against Black men in Minnesota and Louisiana and the killing of five police officers in Dallas, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña issued an open letter to colleagues and families. We now know that three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, …

Complexity: What Ministry Programs Do We Stop?

Last week I opened this series on complexity by sharing why churches become over programmed. Today I’d like to help you tackle how to determine what …

Spirituality

Learning Excel isn't just for finance professionals, it can boost anyone's productivity at work — here’s how

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Alfonso de Tomas / ShutterStock We've said it before but it bears repeating: Microsoft Excel is likely the most powerful program on …

Productivity

6 Sunday-night habits that will set you up for success all week long

The day marks the end of the fun and freedom of the weekend — and that's especially true during the summer, when ordinary Saturdays and Sundays have a carefree vacation vibe.<p>Even if you love your job, the angst of having to go back to the grind on Monday can leave you disorganized and spinning your …

Healthy Eating

11 Need-To-Know Buzzwords You Still Haven't Googled

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With new technologies, new companies and new blood comes new terminology -- some of which can be confusing. We’ve all been there. I know that when I’m in a meeting and someone drops a phrase I’m not familiar with, all I can do is smile …

Marketing

The Real Reason You Never Feel Motivated at Work

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

How Community of Hope Focuses on the Outsider: Fast-Growing UMC Churches (Part 3)

For the last few weeks, I’ve been talking to churches who are experiencing strong growth despite 1) the overall decline of their denomination, and 2) …

6 Ways We Ignore Unchurched Guests on Easter

There’s no doubt you’ve spent this month encouraging your church to invite friends and family on Easter. You might have put a few invite cards in …

Easter

10 Common Excuses That Silently Damage Managers’ Careers

You may think you’re delegating, but you’re actually shirking responsibility. Here’s what to say instead.<p>You’re working hard to build a good reputation as a manager. So you’re taking on new projects and delegating certain tasks to others. You think you’re getting the hang of it, but then you make a …

A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate

By Lenny Bernstein<p>, Health reporter<p>Joel Achenbach<p>, Reporter<p>A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives.<p>The …

National Academy of Sciences

5 Things to Share With Your Teachers About Educational Technology

Even today, we still have teachers across the country fighting the integration of educational technology into their classrooms. Many use similar …

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Digital Nomad?

The digital nomad lifestyle <i>looks</i> glamorous, but what is it really like? A growing number of people embrace the idea of running businesses from the road. The image of the digital nomad used to be that the solopreneur, the young man or woman working from caves and the backs of camels, often writing …

Entrepreneurship

Tsipras’s shock call for vote on Greek bailout sets day of destiny for Europe

The Greek prime minister’s announcement of a plebiscite on debt rescue terms has stunned negotiators<p>Five years of wrenching austerity that have left many Greeks traumatised and pauperised are about to get a lot worse.<p>Creditor governments meeting in Brussels on Saturday night pledged to halt …

Teacher Resigns After Outrage Over Book He Read to Children

The teacher aimed to use the book to help combat bullying but instead angered parents.<p>Random House Kids<p>Third-grade teacher Omar Currie read his …

Is the Universe Ringing Like a Crystal Glass?

Many know the phrase “the big bang theory.” There’s even a top television comedy series with that as its title. According to scientists, the universe …

This man got jobs at Yahoo, Facebook and Airbnb without a college degree all because he was good at serving lattes

In high school, Curtis worked at a coffee shop, serving up hot drinks to businessmen. A new tech company was across the street, and Curtis started pestering its owner about getting an internship.<p>"It's okay to be shameless sometimes," Curtis said to a crowd of 3,000 aspiring tech employees at …

Silicon Valley

Close Reading: 5 Questions to Help Students Analyze Complex Texts

June 27, 2015<br>Close reading is a key literacy practice highlighted in the Common Core State Standards. It is a skill that empowers students to …

America is changing, and marriage equality is a huge victory — but we need to go so much further

<b>(Reuters/Chris Keane/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>It wasn’t judges or politicians who made this breakthrough happen — it was the people. Now we must demand more<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>June 27, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>We’re still a week away from America’s 239th birthday, but from the redwood forests to the Gulfstream …

How To Kill a Mockingbird Reflects the Real Civil Rights Movement

Donald Uhrbrock—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images<p>Donald Uhrbrock—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images<p>Donald Uhrbrock—The LIFE Images …

SCALIA: The Supreme Court is a 'threat to American democracy'

In a strongly worded dissent, the conservative justice wrote that he did not care that gay marriage was now legal, but he said that the court's ability to make this decision represented a threat to democracy.<p>"I write separately to call attention to this Court's threat to American democracy," Scalia …

Same-sex Marriage