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The Best Articles of the Year
Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t.
Americans have a split vision of education. Conventional wisdom has long held that our K-12 schools are mediocre or worse, while our colleges and universities are world class.
A Middle-School Cheating Scandal
One afternoon in the spring of 2006, Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta, unlocked the room where standardized tests were kept.
This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege
1. I once saw a high school teacher lead a simple, powerful exercise to teach his class about privilege and social mobility. He started by giving each student a scrap piece of paper and asked them to crumple it up. View this image › 2. Then he moved the recycling bin to the front of the room.
How To Think
Sebastian Garcia made a mistake but he couldn’t figure it out. At the 2011 National Junior High Chess Championship he was looking strong and heading towards a victory. Then he made a mistake, squandering his advantage. A few moves later the collapse was complete.
Why Is American Teaching So Bad?
In 1853, the most important man in nineteenth-century American education gave a speech praising female teachers. Horace Mann was the head of the growing common school system in Massachusetts, where women teachers already outnumbered men by four to one.
When You're at the Crossroads of Should and Must
Elle Luna is an artist and designer who lives and works in San Francisco. She worked with teams to design and build Mailbox, redesign Uber’s iPhone app, and scale the storytelling platform Medium.
Be a Better Leader by Learning to Learn
As technology, software, and the impact each has on the world continues to evolve at a rapid pace, how can anyone stay ahead of the curve? The Build Network looked to a 1986 Harvard study for an answer to that question and found that to be a better leader you need to learn how to learn: It’s
David Foster Wallace on Leadership, Illustrated and Read by Debbie Millman
“A leader’s real ‘authority’ is a power you voluntarily give him, and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily.
31 Traits All Great Leaders Share
No matter how much the world changes, there will be timeless truths about the best way to lead others to success. Self-made industrialist Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man on the planet in the early 20th century and was a student of what it takes to achieve greatness.
Growing up, my understanding of leadership was that it was a specific role, gift-wrapped certain responsibilities and bestowed upon someone, either by a Very Authoritative Person (like a VIP, but cooler) or by some sort of Formal Democratic Vote.
Why good leaders make you feel safe
What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
Why Are American Colleges Obsessed With 'Leadership'?
What's wrong with being a follower? Or a lone wolf? Earlier this month, more than 700,000 students submitted the Common Application for college admissions.
Google’s Five Keys to Becoming Top Talent
For every job, the No. 1 thing we look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not I.Q. It’s learning ability. It’s the ability to process on the fly. It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information.
It's not a promotion - it's a career change
The biggest misconception engineers have when thinking about moving into management is they think it's a promotion. Management is not a promotion. It is a career change.
4 Habits Of The Most Resilient People
When the going gets tough, what makes some bounce back while others fizzle out? Firing the naysayers in your head, surrounding yourself with a "board of advisors," get cozy with the unknown. The sad truth is, nobody’s life is perfect.
16 Leadership Lessons from a Four Star General
Say what you want about General Stanley McChrystal and the Rolling Stone article that led to his premature retirement from the military he spent his life serving but I could hardly put down his memoir: My Share of the Task.
Be a Manager
Managers are under fire these days. Zappos “got rid of their bosses” recently. And it’s no wonder. From Dilbert to “Office Space”, we all know the trope of the useless and conniving political player who’s managed to entrench himself into an otherwise well-meaning organization.
How great leaders inspire action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ... <em>(Filmed at <a href=http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/72>TEDxPugetSound</a>.)</em>
The Problem with Being Too Nice
Leaders are placed under a tremendous amount of pressure to be relatable, human and … nice. Many yield to this instinct, because it feels much easier to be liked. Few people want to be the bad guy.
Why most product managers suck (and how to be a better one)
The first product manager (PM) is a crucial unicorn hire that no startup should compromise on. The reason is simple – your PM is responsible for managing your team’s most precious resource: time.