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Best Practices

Innovation and the Art of Implementation (Part 1)

Robert F. Brands | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
Robert F. Brands

The very purpose of innovation is to change things up, move processes forward, and disrupt the status quo. "Innovation for the sake of innovation" is a misuse of a very powerful and beneficial tool.

Eight Tips to Master Any Conference

Margaret Molloy | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
Margaret Molloy

I believe business people can be divided into two groups: those who are energized by conferences and those who are depleted by them. I'm firmly in the first camp.

Connect Your Way to Business Growth Through Social Media

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
​Jackie Nagel

Charles Dickens must have been thinking of social media when he so eloquently said, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

Autism Without Fear: How 'Best Practices' Are Vastly Overrated in Today's Educational Environment

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Michael John Carley

As an autism consultant employed by schools, the over-reliance I see on best practices -- even without the term's vagaries -- is vast, counter-productive given the current climate, and might be causing us to miss greater gaps in educating students on the autism spectrum, if not beyond.

The Socially Transmitted Disease That Has No Cure: Identity Theft

Adam Levin | Posted 08.14.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

If you use Facebook, you're making easy work for identity thieves. The same goes for the whole cosmos of social media whether you favor Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, or prefer to Tumblr your thoughts, preferences and predilections to anyone who cares to know what they are.


Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Lighthouses once guided ships to safe harbors, but in education, policies limited to finding and celebrating lighthouse schools are less likely to improve outcomes more broadly. They may lead policy in a good direction, but they may just as likely guide us onto the rocks.

How to Hire a Great Programmer Even If You're Not One

Andre Bourque | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

From the start I want to make it very clear that it is extremely hard to find a great programmer if you are not one. Many people would even say that it is impossible for someone without a programming background to find a great programmer.

Iceland Is Doing Something Right and Smart!

Gabriela Mueller Mendoza | Posted 07.01.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriela Mueller Mendoza

A recently experience I lived in Iceland is still fresh in my mind and heart. On an Icelandic summer day there was excitement in the air. Global leaders came together in one of the most marvelous places in the Nordic area, the Harpa Music Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Why Empathy Is Key to Life and Work

Ayelet Baron | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayelet Baron

Our human communication is broken. It happens every day in organizations where we over-complicate basic information we need to share. We are so busy presenting our perfect mission and vision statements that we have lost sight of the shared purpose that allows people to understand how they can make a contribution at work.

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part II (from the MDGs to 2030)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The meaning of practice needs to be reinterpreted. The focus on cognitive thinking and technical skills underlying this problem-program-implementation-assessment action-framework needs to give space to a skill-set capable of actually building lasting trust and reciprocal altruism between key development actors.

Wetware: The Major Data Security Threat You've Never Heard Of

Adam Levin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

While it is disconcerting that there isn't a more robust incident response culture out there, perhaps more worrisome is the seeming lack of best practices pointed at heading off the problem before it happens. That's where a new term comes into play.

Can Smart Cities Stop Hackers?

Adam Levin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

A monster storm is on a collision course with New York City and an evacuation is under way. The streets are clogged, and then it happens. Every traffic light turns red.

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part I (from Aristotle to the MDGs)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Practice has become a key concept in the policy process. In September 2015, the United Nations will hold a summit to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meant to challenge the globe to grow economically and socially in an environmentally responsible way.

Why Group Brainstorming Is a Waste of Time

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2015 | Business
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D.

Brainstorming continues to be used because it feels intuitively right to do so. As such, it is one more placebo in the talent management cabinet, believed to work in spite of the clear absence of evidence. So go ahead, schedule that brainstorming meeting -- just don't expect it to accomplish much.

Making Twitter Work for You

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 05.09.2015 | Business
Jennie Sutherland

I was intimidated by those strange characters... what did @, #, RT, MT mean anyway??? However, for both professional and personal reasons, I ended up joining Twitter and this is what I've learned.

It's About Them: Leading for Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Great leaders blaze new trails, inspire new ways of thinking, and lead their organizations with purpose. In order for any company to meet its goals and to achieve sustainable Innovation, leaders need to inspire their teams, top to bottom, and bottom up.

The Business Case for Private-Sector Involvement in Youth Mentoring

Nancy A. Altobello | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Nancy A. Altobello

The investments in quality youth mentoring made by companies are direct contributions to the future strength of our communities and our country. They connect young people to the powerful asset that is mentoring, to opportunity, and to success.

6 Lessons I Learned Leading a Cross-Sector Collaboration

Bobbi Silten | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Bobbi Silten

I believe cross-sector collaboration is often the best way to tackle complex problems, as we can access more wisdom and power if we work across sectors. But these types of efforts can sometimes be frustrating and will fall short if not effectively led.

How To Turn "No Way" Into "Way to Go!"

Colleen Turner | Posted 03.29.2015 | Impact
Colleen Turner

Are you dealing with a major problem for which you can't imagine a solution and feel like giving up? It may be that you are looking at your crisis in a way that's preventing your opportunities from emerging.

The Future of Food: How to Feed 9 Billion People?

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

The scarcity of healthy options in low-income neighborhoods in developed countries and the decreased purchasing power make people opt for a unhealthy and cheap processed foods rather than seasonal and local fruit and vegetables.

7 Trends That Impact Small Business Growth in 2015

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 03.01.2015 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

Remember the day when you thought social media was a passing trends for hipsters, not business owners? Well, guess what. Social media is here to stay and will continue to propel consumer spending.

The Small Business Entrepreneur's Naughty and Nice List for Business Growth

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 02.07.2015 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

What does every entrepreneur want to find under his or her Christmas tree more than anything else? Without exception, small business entrepreneurs want to open the gift of business growth that lasts through good times and bad.

How to Create a Virtual Summit in 4 Simple Steps

Nick Unsworth | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Nick Unsworth

Virtual summits combine the convenience and connectivity of the Internet with the valuable educational opportunities of conferences. But instead of packing a dense block of interviews and discussions into a few days, you can spread them out over several weeks.

Want to Trigger a Business Growth Spurt? Here's What You Need to Know

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 12.27.2014 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

There are points along the continuum of growing and developing your small business that signal the need for change. These are key points when your...

Autism Without Fear: Is Corporate Use of 'Emotional Intelligence' Grounds for Discrimination Under the ADA?

Michael John Carley | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Michael John Carley

The business world loves metrics. And in an era where data has never been more valuable, many executives believe there is a direct correlation between employee productivity and a high Emotional Intelligence score.