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Motivation starts with developing relationships of mutual respect

February 17, 2017 Published by

By now many of us have read the Gallup survey that shows how actively disengaged employees cost the United States an estimated $500 billion a year in lost productivity. The Dale Carnegie Training and MSW Research also discovered through a survey of 1,500 employees that there are three key drivers...

A path to hope: The path begins with high expectations

February 16, 2017 Published by

Research has shown for more than 40 years that low achievers and minorities are called upon less often, asked less challenging questions, given little time to think before answering or after asking questions, and receive less helpful corrective feedback. Does that surprise you? What can be done about this? A...

Bullies, bullies everywhere—as far as the eye can see

February 14, 2017 Published by

Bullies everywhere. In the media. In politics. Bullies killing innocent people. So how did we get to a culture where incivility, bullying, and intolerance seem to be the new normal? For starters, we have been teaching all of this for 16 years in K–12 schooling. In effect, we have bullied...

A tribute to Richard DuFour

February 9, 2017 Published by

It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Rick DuFour. I had the pleasure of working with him from 1986 to 1990, when he was the principal of Stevenson High School in Illinois. I was working with the regional service center in Grayslake, Illinois, during that...

Noise about Betsy DeVos: What does it mean?

February 9, 2017 Published by

There’s lots of noise right now about Betsy DeVos, the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. What does it mean? First of all, for the last 16 years of federal policy the focus was on curriculum, instruction, teacher evaluation, assessment, and school accountability. There was almost no discussion...

We are all terminal: Some thoughts on cancer, death, and value

February 8, 2017 Published by

In the last two years, I have personally known three individuals with glioblastoma brain cancer. Usually terminal. I recently texted one of my friends whose partner was diagnosed last year with brain cancer to see how he was doing. My friend texted back to me: “Your timing for getting in...

Want to live longer? Healthier? And effectively manage your time?

February 6, 2017 Published by

Again, it’s the relationships! The research indicates that strong family and social ties improve both your health and longevity. Time magazine, February 2, 2017, has an article by Alexandra Sifferlin titled, “Longevity: How Family Ties Keep You Going, in Sickness and in Health.” What were the findings? Families that eat...

Targeted community healthcare boosts outcomes in Memphis

January 31, 2017 Published by

Memphis ZIP code 38109, a neighborhood called Riverview-Kansas, is affected by severe health inequities—more so than any other part of the city. High rates of chronic illness, hospital stays, emergency room visits, and use of charitable services in 38109 led Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to develop a community-driven program in...