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Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?

One snowy February morning at the Arbors Kids preschool branch in downtown Springfield, Mass., 38-year-old Kejo Kelly crouched low over a large, faded carpet and locked eyes with a blond-haired boy of 3. It was circle time, and Kelly was trying to get each of her 13 tiny students to articulate a …

Education

Simon Sinek explains why you should be the last to speak in a meeting

Leadership expert Simon Sinek has made a career out of explaining what makes good leaders great ones. When it comes to meetings, he has one big piece …

Too many toys are bad for children, study suggests

It’s what parents have suspected all along.<p>Children who have too many toys are more easily distracted, and do not enjoy quality playtime, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers at the University of Toledo in Ohio, US, recruited 36 toddlers and invited them to play in a room for half an hour, with either …

The One Thing the Top 1 Percent of Income Earners do Everyday

Successful people, all over the world, have embraced this daily habit as the quickest path to success, and the easiest way to gain a competitive edge.<p>I have always believed that your output in this world is only as great as your input. You need to always be striving to learn more, and consuming as …

Research: Why 70 Percent of Employees Aren't Working to Their Full Potential Comes Down to 1 Simple Reason

Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of those workers are basically sleepwalking through their day. What gives?<p>According to Gallup research, an astounding 70 percent of U.S. employees are not showing up to work fully committed to deliver their best performance. Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of …

Employee Engagement

The Art of Living

Living is more than just a state of being. This incredible philosopher shares how to make the most of life.<p>I often share columns with quotes because there are so many powerful people with powerful things to say. In the process of exploring for great wisdom, I stumbled across a man from Africa named …

A 19-Year Study Reveals Kindergarten Students With These 2 Skills Are Twice as Likely to Obtain a College Degree (And They Have Nothing to Do With Reading)

The good news is, every child is capable of learning these skills--we just have to teach them.<p>It's hard to believe that what your child knows at age 5 could influence his future chances of success. But that's exactly what a 2015 study published in the <i>American Journal of Public Health</i> found.<p>But …

Education

Early Childhood Education in Morocco: A Critical Window of Opportunities

<b>Morocco early childhood development prospects</b><p><b>Lack of Early childhood programs perpetuates inequality</b><p>While good quality ECD is important for all …

Education

The Giant of Africa takes bold strides to invest in early years

A year ago, if you had asked me how best a child could reach its potential, I would have looked through my myopic, public health, physician’s lens, …

Boko Haram

Some of the World's Best Universities Just Released 600 Free (or Nearly Free) Online Courses

The founder of Class Central has compiled a huge list of newly offered courses to update your skills.<p>Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): A Strategic Approach from University of Pennsylvania<p>Influence from University of Pennsylvania<p>Accounting for Decision Making from University of Michigan<p>Valuing …

Financial Services

The Results of Google's Team-Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams

Why hiring the best and brightest might not be enough.<p>It's no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company's execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But some of us would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company …

Leadership

To be resilient, start by avoiding the word “happiness”

Happiness isn’t a country. You don’t get there and stay. It’s a fleeting space, a feeling that comes and goes, so focusing on <i>being</i> happy is just a distraction, according to some psychologists. Better to develop resilience, which is a characteristic that you can cultivate to improve the quality of …

Self-help

These 34 Words and Phrases Will Give Your Resume an Immediate Edge

One of the most common types of people I work with are those aiming to elevate their brand messaging to more loudly announce, “I’m one hell of a …

10 major differences between successful and unsuccessful people

There are a lot of things that set successful people apart from their unsuccessful counterparts. A few of them were highlighted on a postcard Dave …

Science Says Doing This 1 Thing for Your Kids Will Make Them Better Problem-Solvers Forever

Creativity is the currency of the New Economy. Here's the secret to permanently increasing it.<p>Whatever you call it--creativity, innovation, or creative problem-solving--being able to test assumptions, see alternatives, and come up with unique solutions to life's challenges is a key to success, and …

Creativity

You won’t feel motivated every single day. Focus on this instead

It's taken me a long time to learn that motivation isn't an external source of inspiration.<p>It's an inner quiet you have to practice listening …

Motivation

Why This Second Grade Handout Should Be Your New Creative Manifesto

Last week, I attended curriculum night at my daughter’s school. In discussing the things the kids will be learning this year, the teachers handed us …

Advertising Industry

The 1 Thing Every Great Leader Does, Each and Every Day

Because when you do this one thing, everything else follows.<p>Granted, every CEO is ultimately measured by his or her ability to increase compass earnings, profits, and stock values. Everything else -- crafting bold visions, building a vibrant corporate culture, striving to make a difference in the …

I took a 10-minute test to figure out how to get what I want and found I was completely lacking in one crucial area

Everyone wants to be able to get what they want.<p>Some of us just aren't very good about doing it.<p>I recently took a ten-minute test from assessment firm Multi-Health Systems to identify the styles I use to influence people and get stuff done.<p>The online test featured a number of repetitive questions …

Leadership

How to build your dynasty: Hire for passion, train for skill, coach for performance

Building the right team is hard. What’s more challenging is hiring for several roles at once and trying to determine how all the pieces will come together in the end. You’re trying to assess individual performance, how the team will gel, and where the gaps will be. It’s like drafting a full …

Personality
Self-improvement

The True Secret to a Positive Attitude is Simpler Than You Think

The uncomfortable truth in life is that you can’t control every event, experience, or outcome.<p>All that stress, pain, and worry shouldn’t be your burden.<p>Epictetus classified things as being under our control or not under our control. His classic Enchiridion (The Good Life Handbook) starts with this …

How Emotionally Intelligent People Give Negative Feedback

Telling people what they did wrong is one of the toughest things there is.<p>It's a moment you always dread. Someone--your employee, your partner, your child, or even a vendor--has failed to fulfill a commitment to you, or delivered a poor performance. Now you have to give that person negative …

Self-help

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained in a cartoon - Vox

We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.<p>A few years ago, hundreds of college administrators received a survey in the mail. It was designed to figure out what they believed it takes to succeed in college.<p>The survey listed 12 skills that colleges generally expect …

The 5 Best Ways to Handle Difficult Workplace Conversations in the Office

If you want to provide feedback, you need to be willing to accept it.<p>A few months ago, I boarded a flight, tired and eager to relax for a few hours. Then, when I got to my seat and looked at my ticket, I realized I had been accidentally moved from the exit row I reserved into a middle seat a few …

Self-help

Teaching (with) empathy and compassion in schools

Emotions are the DNA of human experience. Social relationships play a pivotal role in helping us become fully human. Connectedness is an essential …

Pedagogy

7 ways to make difficult conversations easy

Someone is screaming in your face at the top of their lungs. Or ranting angrily and you can’t get a word in edgewise. Or maybe they’re sobbing so …

Self-help

Willpower Doesn't Work. Here's How to Actually Change Your Life

If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won't get you there.<p><i>"Many people think that what the addict needs is willpower, but nothing could be further from the truth."  -- </i>Arnold Washton, PhD<p>If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won't get you …

Self-improvement

A Best-Selling Author Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence

According to Simon Sinek, the best leaders don't consider themselves experts.<p>Author Simon Sinek is famous for his leadership advice, including the 2011 best-selling book, <i>Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action</i>. (The book expands on the ideas put forth in Sinek's famous TED …

TED Talks

20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Demonstrated the Perfect Way to Respond to an Insult

In 1997, Steve Jobs was answering developers' questions when one audience member took a shot at him. What happens next is remarkable.<p>We live in a world where the insult has become the weapon of choice.<p>Internet trolls use them to get us riled up.<p>Competitors use them to get us off our game.<p>Sometimes, …

Leadership