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Teaching is the art of changing the brain

James Zull is a pro­fes­sor of Biol­ogy. He is also Direc­tor Emer­i­tus of the Uni­ver­sity Cen­ter for Inno­va­tion in Teach­ing and Edu­ca­tion at …

The Brain

The Slow Death of the University

A few years ago, I was being shown around a large, very technologically advanced university in Asia by its proud president. As befitted so eminent a …

College & University

We’re Comfortably Numb and It’s Robbing Us of Our Creativity

Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone home?

Lyrics from “Comfortably Numb” in Pink Floyd’s 1979 album, “The …


The Invented History of 'The Factory Model of Education'

“What do I mean when I talk about transformational productivity reforms that can also boost student outcomes? Our K–12 system largely still adheres


How Your Personality Relates to Your Productivity—and Salary

Why do some people earn more than others? Research backs up the idea that workers with higher educational levels and more experience have higher …


The Remedy for Unproductive Busyness

Raise your hand if you feel busy. Keep it up, still, if you think the busyness is hurting your productivity. If your hand is still up, then you should keep on reading.

It’s very easy to succumb to the temptation of staying busy even when it is counterproductive: It is the way our brains are wired. …


Top 5 most wanted elements in the workplace

DetailsCategory: HR

Recently, Human Spaces teamed up with Prof Sir Cary Cooper to research and produce a landmark study into the methods and benefits …


7 Qualities of Remarkably Well-Liked Leaders


Want to be well-liked as a leader? Exhibit these qualities.

I've had my share of leadership challenges over the years.

I'll never forget the time an employee who I called into work brought in the balloons she was tying up for her son's birthday party and decided to start throwing them on …


8 Deadly Ways to Kill Employee Motivation


There are events and circumstances that make us feel happy and appreciated. But unfortunately there are also many that kill our motivation.

If you want to make sure you're providing your employees with an environment in which they can thrive, check your workplace for these motivation killers.

1. …


7 Rituals for a successful work week

What if we told you that you could achieve a tremendous week in terms of work productivity and creativity, if you just adopted a couple of habits?


Millennials Don't Want Work Life Balance

By 2025, Millennials (those born between 1982 and 1993) will make up roughly 75% of the global workforce. Their presence is in the workplace has …

Work-Life Balance

5 Things to Look for in Your Next Incredible Mentor


You'll need help and advice to get ahead in life. Here's what the best coaches understand and how you can find them.

Ask the most successful people you know how they got where they are and they'll likely mention at least one mentor who helped them along the way. Whether you're on the giving or …


8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas


15 Reasons Posting a Yammer Message Might Be Better than Sending an Email

There was an interesting question on one of the Yammer networks this evening and I thought I’d answer it with kind of a long reply. I’m not going to …

Be Bold: Now’s the Best Time in 10 Years to Get a Better Job!

In a recent post I suggested there might be a slowdown in job growth in the March-April 2015 timeframe. I also suggested this slowdown would …

Job Interviews

What have schools done to learning?

What have schools done to learning? Learning was fun once, for all of us. When you see a toddler learn something new for the first time, there is so …


Just Promoted To Manager? Here Are 5 Strategies For Success

It’s a quiet afternoon at work when you get a phone call from your boss, asking you to come up to her office for a quick chat.

Could it be? You ask yourself… Am I finally getting a promotion??

You’ve been waiting for this. You’ve put in hours of work, smiled through thousands of late nights, and taken …


The full-stack employee

Nearly two years after I left Google, I’m starting to understand what’s going on in the professional sphere. The conventional seams between …


How To Get People To Disagree With Your Ideas

If your team isn't challenging your ideas, you might have a "yes-person" problem. Here's why it's valuable to get people to question you.

Leaders generally become leaders as a result of a combination of vision, good ideas, and commitment. However, if you’re not hearing any pushback whatsoever on …

Emory University

7 Psychological Tricks for Getting More Work Done


Being more productive starts with willpower and discipline. Here are seven mind tricks for becoming more productive and disciplined.

We all wish we could get more work done in less time. If we were more productive, we'd have a better chance at getting that raise, we'd have more personal time …


How to Become a Successful Young Leader at Work


What Your Boss Is Really Saying To You: Decoded

From "this is a stretch role" to "We are workforce optimizing," boss-speak translated so you know exactly what's going on around the office.

Sometimes, navigating office politics—and speak—can feel a bit like trying to decipher the meaning behind smoke rings.

Case in point: While in the interview …


Why You Hate Work

THE way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, …

Operating Margin

Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning.

Last July I published a post titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today.” It hit a nerve and became one of the most-read pieces on this …


How Typing Is Destroying Your Memory

Studies show that you're more likely to remember things that you write down, but there are circumstances where you should grab your laptop.

Bad News: If you take notes in a meeting using your laptop, or if you create a to-do list using an app, you might be undermining your ability to recall the …


What to Do If You Feel Stuck in the Wrong Career

If you’re midway through your career and feeling stuck, you are not alone. Maybe work doesn’t feel meaningful anymore, or your industry has drastically evolved, or your values and interests have changed. No matter what, your 40-something self is a very different person from the 20-something you …


5 Signs It’s Time for a New Job

Regardless of your age, background, or accomplishments, you have probably fantasized about the possibility of a new career at some point in your life – those who haven’t are the exception.

LinkedIn reports that of its 313 million members, 25% are active job seekers, while 60% can be considered …


10 Tips to Help You Be More Efficient Working From Home

Are you an expert at working remotely? You will be if you apply these 10 simple tips to your daily routine.

Being efficient working from home can be a …


How To Kickstart Your Productivity This Weekend

Could you use your weekend to be more productive, not by cramming it full of work, but in other ways?

Time away from the office is an important aspect of productivity. For a start, that’s when we get to choose for ourselves how we spend our time.

Often, however, when it gets to Monday morning we …