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CPD can be undermined by a negative culture'

Management guru Peter Drucker is supposed to have said this little gem: "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." But it also eats processes for lunch, …

Teaching

LISTEN: Why you have got direct instruction wrong

“If you look at what most good teachers do, they are using direct instruction. But if you say to them that they are using direct instruction, they …

Teaching

This Successful Hired Gun Teaches How Objectivity, Not Passion, Is the Best Trait for Success

Are you objective enough to be successful? Perhaps your passion is getting in the way.<p>Businesses have ups and downs. But when the downs become longer and harder, sometimes leadership needs to bring in some fresh faces and ideas to get the company back on track. It can be a difficult decision to …

Leadership

Jeff Bezos Knows How to Run a Meeting. Here's How He Does It

When it comes to getting more out of business meetings, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may have cracked the code.<p>Bad meetings: We've all experienced them. Whether it's poor planning, too much talking, or lack of preparation, bad meetings waste precious time and money.<p>But Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos …

Team Building

'Give children the skills to do the things that the robots cannot do' – an interview with Ian Livingstone (sponsored article)

<b>Your new book advocates a particular approach to teaching, where do you think the education system is getting it wrong?</b><p>Rote learning of single …

Five teaching tips we all need to take from the PE department

How often have you sat in whole staff teaching and learning meetings, arms folded, while people mutter “Wouldn’t work in my subject”.<p>And yet, things …

WD-40 Does $380 Million in Sales a Year. Its Secret Sauce Is Surprisingly Simple

How CEO Garry Ridge created a company that thrives on a culture of learning and lives by its values.<p>If you want your company to be free of squeaks, create a tribe that lives by its values, encourages learning, and sees mistakes as educational moments.<p>WD-40 Company, maker of the iconic spray that …

Amazon employees start their day by answering a simple question about work

Every morning, Amazon employees start their day by answering a question that pops up on their computer screens.<p>The questions are typically …

Employee Engagement

This Study of 300,000 Leaders Revealed the Top 10 Traits for Success

According to leadership development consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, these are the skills that leaders need to succeed.<p>Leadership was once called by historian James MacGregor Burns "one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth." Given the results of some recent …

How Can You Tell Someone Is a True Leader? Look for 1 Skill That Makes Bosses Cringe

This superhuman skill is foundational for effective communication.<p>Robert K. Greenleaf, the founder of the modern servant leadership movement, once said: "Don't assume, because you are intelligent, able, and well-motivated, that you are open to communication, that you know how to listen."<p>Is that an …

Questions answered over gap in resources for inexperienced computing teachers

Despite a shortage of subject specialist teachers, computing was added to the national curriculum in 2014 and is now taught to every child at every …

What teachers need to know about the latest genetics research into GCSE performance

This week, colleagues and I published a paper looking at school selection in terms of genetics and GCSEs.<p>As you might expect, given these hot topics, …

With 5 Quick Clicks You Can See All the Data Facebook Has on You (I Was Truly Stunned by What I Found)

It takes just five short steps to download the entire archive. You probably want to do it immediately.<p><i>(Update: Facebook says it's changing how you can access and change your privacy settings. Details are here.)</i><p>Tough times for Facebook--and they're only getting worse. The FTC is investigating, the …

15 Tips For Sounding Much More Professional At The Office

A little bit of rephrasing goes a long way.<p>"Using positive language in a negative situation can have a big impact on how you're remembered." —yourmate155<p>"It'll make them respect you more." —Inebriatedclusterfuk<p>"The phrase 'I assumed...' has a very negative connotation, and people will view it as …

Self-help

Are You Capable of Leading Leaders?

It's one thing to lead a team. But leading a team of leaders presents all sorts of unique challenges. See if you are capable of exponential leadership with this assessment.<p>Some of the most difficult people to lead are leaders themselves. Leaders are strong-willed, passionate, and opinionated, and …

'Pre-exam warm-ups were helpful, supportive and worthwhile for pupils. Naturally, they've been banned'

Thank goodness those people at examination HQ have their finger on the pulse and know what is in everyone's best interests.<p>This year a new exam …

A Major Lesson in Leading Change Courtesy of United Airlines

Stop driving change from the top-down. Instead, to cause change, use these three tactics.<p>It's easy to armchair quarterback someone else's actions with which we disagree. First, there's the benefit of hindsight. There's also the advantage of listening and learning from the criticisms (or praises) to …

3 traits that explain why some managers are ineffective

It is said that people don’t quit companies, they quit managers. Unfortunately, we all know just how true that is. Think about the last few jobs that …

1 Unique Trait That Will Define Your Next Linchpin Employee

Hint: This unique trait is not emotional intelligence (though that's a good thing, too).<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For years, startups have focused on being agile organizations. Now entrepreneurs are seeing the benefit of agile employees. These people can adapt and …

How Not to Improve Employee Morale

<b>It may be a rude awakening</b>, or a creeping uneasiness, but at some point, you and other leaders in your organization may decide to make a concerted …

Google Wanted to Know What What Makes a Manager Great, so It Conducted a Study. Here Are the Results

Good leaders avoid micromanaging.<p>20 years ago, you probably would've laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. What's a google?<p>But, as you know, Google's become the largest entity in one of the biggest tech companies in the world. And it's …

6 reasons this is the perfect thank-you email to send after a job interview

• The interview thank you email is a crucial part of getting the job you want.<br>• When you don't send a thank you email or letter after an interview, you …

How to get spelling right at key stage 2

On the eve of the last half-term break, I sat marking the latest assessments for my Year 5 class and felt proliferating waves of despair when it came …

Why it's time to say goodbye to group work

We have gathered here today to say our farewells to group work. Descended from the kinaesthetic-learning-style dynasty and a loyal friend to the …

Schools' reputations are put at risk by social media, heads warn

Schools are being forced to trawl social media to protect their reputations due to parents posting complaints online, according to …

The solution to the teacher recruitment crisis? Embracing the older professionals who want a late career-change

A couple of years ago, I found myself at an assistant headteacher interview. At 42, it didn’t take long to establish that I was the oldest person in …

'Management Is 10% Work And 90% People'

Or is it? That’s an interesting way to put it.<p>The headline above was on my mind because of a note from a former colleague I received yesterday on LinkedIn. I’d recently written an article examining the role of empathy in management – How Important Is Empathy To Successful Management? – and he sent …

Leadership

9 Questions Interesting People Ask to Cut Through the Small Talk

It alls starts with having a genuine interest in the other person.<p>I remember early in my young career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to "schmooze" or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the wind-bag …

T levels should be delayed, says CBI

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling on the government to delay the implementation of the new T levels by a year and “take the time …

Confederation of British Industry

'A wise, old teacher once said: "Schools are either improving or declining, they do not remain static for long" – he was right'

I remember talking with an experienced and recently retired deputy head who had taught for more than 35 years, just after I became the CEO of a …

Education