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Find Your Hidden Strength in the Overlooked Middle

Thuy Sindell | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Thuy Sindell

In the context of the workplace, companies pay attention to the top performers and give them a multitude of perks to attract them to stay and perform even better. I often ask the leaders who say they need to spend 80 percent of their time with their top 20 percent performers -- why do this?

Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

Excellent schools make sure their students have access to the world's most advanced knowledge, they strengthen key skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. But their main differentiator is that they also develop mindfulness, curiosity, courage, resilience and leadership.

Talent Is a Myth

Amol Sarva | Posted 03.03.2015 | Business
Amol Sarva

The verdict in the scientific community seems to be in line with Aesop's fable: The tortoise beats the hare, but only because the hare took a nap. Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work.

To See What Your Kids Are Missing, Crack This Book

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Peter Mandel

The contemporary kid's dawn-to-dusk schedule runs over an unusual fact: The most crucial, the most fussed-about, the most prideful chunk of the long-ago kid's education is gone. Completely absent. One-hundred-percent missing in action.

So You Want to be The Party of The Middle Class?

Jonathan Hasak | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Hasak

If Democrats and Republicans are serious about addressing inequality and helping the middle class, they must move beyond empty political rhetoric and articulate how they will help everyone gain skills that have currency in today's labor market.

The Life Skills You Should Have By 50, 60, 70

Next Avenue | Sue Campbell | Posted 01.21.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Sue Campbell Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a blog series on life skills and knowledge that are good to have...

Compete Like You Practice or Practice Like You Compete?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.22.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

One of the first questions that I ask athletes and coaches I work with is: Should you compete like you train or train like you compete? By far, the most frequent response is: You should compete like you train. This answer seems perfectly reasonable if you think about it.

The Side Hustle

Austin Schneider | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Austin Schneider

You may consider work or class your day job. It is crucial to excel at these, but you still have a great amount of time outside of your day job that you can turn into actionable learning and improvement.

The Global Talent Crunch

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

To begin with, globalization is generating increased competition among companies not only in the traditional centers of business and finance in the developed world, but from emerging countries as well.

Improving Education With 17,000 Youth Voices

Gordon Ching | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Gordon Ching

Flashback to when you were just starting university, completely lost and confused about what to do with your life and trying to answer always burning "what are you going to do after graduation" question.

How to Make Time to Read

Lauren Jessen | Posted 01.13.2015 | Books
Lauren Jessen

Reading is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Taking the time to read improves your ability to focus, enhances your vocabulary, strengthens your empathy, and provides new experiences through a variety of characters.

The Sweet Spot for Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Successful startup founders are fueled by passion, a willingness to take risk and do whatever is necessary to make things happen. What they initia...

Don't Just Follow Your Passion

Ashley Stahl | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
Ashley Stahl

I've worked with hundreds of Millennials who were sorely misled into believing that following their passion is the key to a happy professional life. If you get caught up in "following your passion," it's possible that you're overlooking a much more profound journey.

#Made in India: Go Kolhapuri

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 12.30.2014 | Style
Sriya Chakravarti

The Kolhapuris are comfortable, stylish and quite durable and are available in a variety of designs, patterns and colors. They can be easily used for any occasion, and can cater to a large genre of audience. Almost every age group can find something that may strike their fancy.

Develop Your Competitive Edge by Increasing Your Value

Meiko S. Patton | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Meiko S. Patton

In its simplest terms, your job is as secure as your ability to render value in excess of your cost. If you want to earn more, you have to find a way to increase your value.

High Maintenance? Your Days Might Be Numbered!

Hans Hickler | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

We have an obligation, a business plan to deliver. We hire people to achieve and lead certain pieces of that plan. It is the only reason we hire people -- to help us achieve the goals to which we have committed.

Why Out-of-Classroom Experiences Are Critical to Your College Education

Christie Garton | Posted 12.14.2014 | College
Christie Garton

With each passing year, it's getting increasingly more difficult for young professionals to stand out from the thousands of other graduates who have turned their tassels and entered the workforce. That's why college isn't all about what happens in the classroom.

Partnerships That Put America Back to Work

Fred Dedrick | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Fred Dedrick

At a time when the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. is at its highest and public approval of Congress is at its lowest, it is heartening to see some renewed focus on significant workforce development issues.

Celebrating One Year and Many Victories

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Here at Schools for Sustainability (S4S), we are jumping for joy as we celebrate the first anniversary of our organization. In merely one year, what b...

You Have Chosen Your Current Income

Meiko S. Patton | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Meiko S. Patton

What if you were told you are earning today exactly the amount you have chosen to earn, no more and no less -- that you are where you are financially because you have chosen to be right there. Would you agree with that? Most would adamantly disagree.

Woman at Work: Your Personal Brand and the Irrelevancy of Gender

O'Brien Browne | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

You're committed, engaged, hard-working and loyal: so why do incompetents rise to the top while you stay trapped in your current role at a low-level t...

Develop an Acute Ability to Listen

Ted Rubin | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business
Ted Rubin

What if your point of difference was an acute ability to listen? What would that look like?

A Career Is More Than the Perfect Job

Gil Laroya | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business
Gil Laroya

Remember this recipe -- take equal parts of fit, passion, creativity and tenacity, then blend together well and marinate for a few years or a few companies, whichever comes first. Once complete, you should have yourself what we all know as a career. But is it really this simple?

Doing vs. Thinking: Valuable PhD Transferable Skills

Sabine Kobayter | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
Sabine Kobayter

PhD graduates come in different shapes and sizes; those passionate about an academic career, and those that are not. As it becomes clear that an academic career is not the ultimate goal - panic, dread and feelings of lack of accomplishment may start to reign.

The Other Side of Fear

Harper Spero | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Harper Spero

There. It was out. My fear. My uncertainty. My self-doubt. I put it all on the table, and almost instantly I felt a weight off my shoulders. My friend reminded me that I was exactly where I was supposed to be, and that being terrified was the best feeling in the world.