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The Bad News I Never Expected To Turn Out Good

Amanda Magee | Posted 02.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Amanda Magee

I never expected to be grateful to have been let go, but that ending was my most fertile beginning.

Move the Ball: Testing the Rooney Rule to Increase Diversity Within the Legal Profession

Tamesha Keel | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Tamesha Keel

Diversity and the lack thereof has remained a hot topic at every turn. From sports and entertainment, academia, to legal and tech industries, the data illustrates the sobering reality that more work remains to be done to attain truly diverse and inclusive environments within our global society. Therefore, it is imperative to move beyond discourse to action.

10 Signs That Your Boss Is a Manager vs. a Leader

Candidly Kim | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business
Candidly Kim

A leader invests in you for the long-term. He or she wants to see you grow and become the best you, you can possibly be. A manager invests in you for the short-term. He or she is more concerned with making sure you don't fall short on your tasks assigned.

Speak Up! The Importance of Joining the Conversation and Asking for What You Want

Rebekah Bastian | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business
Rebekah Bastian

Sharing ideas, jumping into debates, and asking for what you want professionally can be scary. But speaking up in these situations is so important, especially in fast-moving tech companies where decisions are often made quickly and opportunities are given to those who show eagerness.

My Daughter's Death From Childhood Cancer; A Gift for Life

Jonathan Agin | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Our destinies became inextricably woven together. Alexis inspired me never to accept no for an answer in the pursuit of this destiny.

7 New Year's Resolutions for Busy Professionals

Shinjini Das | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Shinjini Das

Imagine yourself gazing out of the window of The Bernina Express, a European mountain railway, facing the Swiss Alps. What are you thinking and how are you feeling? Most importantly, are you relaxed and at peace with life? Now, re-trace your steps back to reality.

The Kind Of Coaching We Should Expect From Our Teachers

Peter Greene | Posted 01.27.2016 | Education
Peter Greene

My wife is taking a professional development course this weekend, and one of her classmates (a football coach) brought up one the truly genius models...

Crossroads

Alanea Kowalski | Posted 01.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Alanea Kowalski

Have you ever been at a point in your life where you don't know what you want to do next? Maybe you've achieved goals and always had a plan, but now ...

Helicopter Teaching. The Worst Thing We Can Do With Reproductive Health Education

Betsy Cairo | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Betsy Cairo

We should not rely on guest speakers into the classroom, unless of course it is to enhance a topic and not needed to teach the topic. Teachers should not be afraid to teach this, and if we give them the right tools they won't be. Imagine that. Reproductive health K-12. What a novel idea.

Leadership Re-defined: Individuals Who Step Up to Create Positive Change

Marion Chamberlain | Posted 01.20.2016 | Business
Marion Chamberlain

To be a leader you have to combine both brains and heart to accomplish goals and to create impact.

Networking... It Just Works

Allison Valderia | Posted 01.14.2016 | Women
Allison Valderia

I love networking -- because it gives us all an opportunity to meet interesting people, expand your circle and elevate professionally, but its all in how you build the relationship.

The Future of Title I - 2040

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When you get to a certain age, you find increasing evidence that you've been yammering on the same topics for a very long time, usually to no great benefit. I just made one of those discoveries. Going through some old publications, I found a 1991 article I wrote on the future of Title I.

Are You a LinkedIn Connection Collector?

Kristi Russo | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Kristi Russo

The amount of connections and whom you accept is a highly debated topic amongst all sorts of career analysts, coaches, and "experts." The various ideologies behind connections leave many people asking what connection should they make and whom should they allow to connect with them?

20 Things All 20-Somethings Need to Know

Derek Herman | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Derek Herman

Everyone knows about the mid-life crisis. But what about your quarter-life crisis? It's real. But these pieces of advice can help.

5 Things a Go-Getter Would Never Do

Shinjini Das | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Shinjini Das

She is indescribably special, and his ambition is his strongest personality trait, and both of them are hell bent on writing some of the greatest stories ever written in the world. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the go-getters of our generation.

Two A's Missing From the Inspiring Leadership Messages

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 12.07.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

Many managers and leaders pride ourselves on sharing information with our team which includes inspirational messages or professional development material. A quick email with networking tips for sales teams and we feel that we've contributed useful information and those who receive it will feel we've invested in their growth. Except, when they don't. Because they can't. Because something is missing.

The Three Traits of Great Social Entrepreneurs

Alex Budak | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Alex Budak

There's a bad habit in the social entrepreneurship world where we put outstanding social entrepreneurs up on a pedestal -- these incredible demigods who have accomplished something us mere mortals can only dream of.

The Liberation of Being a Determined Black Sheep

Samuel Chiron | Posted 12.03.2015 | College
Samuel Chiron

What defines determination? In every day life, work, grad school, internships, driving and buying coffee--we are beings that are encoded to be deter...

7 Questions to Ask Yourself at the End of the Year

Polly Irungu | Posted 11.30.2015 | College
Polly Irungu

2015 is coming to a close - whether we are ready or not; whether we like it or not. I am not ready, and I wish I had a few more weeks, but here are a few reflections to ponder: what worked and what could possibly change?

Response to Intervention and Bob's Law

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.19.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The problem in education reform isn't a lack of good ideas. It's a lack of good ideas implemented with enough clarity, consistency and integrity to actually make a difference in rigorous experiments. A recent large-scale evaluation of Response to Intervention (RTI) illustrates this problem once again.

5 Ways to Improve Employee Development at Your Company

David Hassell | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
David Hassell

Employee development is a long-term initiative, but it also leads to short-term benefits like increased loyalty and improved performance and engagement.

More Reflection. More Learning. More Impact.

Alex Budak | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Alex Budak

In the startup world, Eric Ries has helped push forward the notion that the goal of a startup is to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible. In fact, it's my very favorite definition of a startup. As a social entrepreneur, so too is your job to learn -- not just about your organization but also about yourself as a leader.

8 Proven Ways to Close the Achievement Gap

Ossa Fisher | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Ossa Fisher

Close cooperation between schools, parents, and the community is one of the keys to closing achievement gaps. Parent involvement has a strong, direct impact on student achievement.

The Opportunity Gap: The Dirty Secret About the Small Inequities Holding Women Back

Linda L. Addison | Posted 11.09.2015 | Women
Linda L. Addison

Gender imbalance is detrimental not only to women -- but also to companies. The business case for gender equity has never been stronger, with numerous studies demonstrating that diverse teams result in better decision-making and stronger financial results.

7 Secrets to Keeping Your Dreams Alive... Even After Graduation

Zanele Mutepfa | Posted 10.29.2015 | College
Zanele Mutepfa

Keeping your dreams alive is the one job from which you will never be rejected, fired, or laid off. Just because you don't get your dream job right after graduation doesn't mean it's impossible.