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Education Fast Forward

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Andreas Schleicher

The toxic co-existence of unemployed graduates on the street, while employers tell us that they cannot find the people with the skills they need, shows that education doesn't automatically translate into better skills, better jobs and better lives.

Where a Teenager Finds Identity

Andy Braner | Posted 09.07.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

With the new revelation that university student loans are on the rise, it's ever more important we find the gifts our kids have naturally and encourage those gifts in environments they can succeed.

Don't Look for Talent; Find People Who Do Things

Tucker Max | Posted 08.24.2013 | Business
Tucker Max

When I interview someone, I tell them I don't care about their résumé. I only care about two things. I don't want to know anything else, because everything else is puffery, status signaling, or bullshit.

Jobstacles: For Teens, Soft Skills Are Hard Skills

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.21.2013 | Business
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Ashley Williams Three years ago, when Christian Hernandez was 16 years old, he recorded a joke voicemail greeting. It starts off with, “Hel...

Book Review: The First 20 Hours, How to Learn Anything... Fast

George Mocharko | Posted 08.21.2013 | Books
George Mocharko

The rule has recently become conventional wisdom spread by speakers of TEDTalks, public intellectuals, and even hip hop artist Macklemore. But if you're a busy professional, how in the world do you find time to spend 10,000 hours learning something?

These Special Talents Will Put You To Shame

The Huffington Post | Eliza Hurwitz | Posted 06.15.2013 | Comedy

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a special skill or talent, but these 10 people certainly are. Some may call their unique abilities useless or unp...

Now What? A Guide for Recent Graduates (and Other Seeking Souls)

Roadtrip Nation | Posted 08.13.2013 | College
Roadtrip Nation

A diploma comes wrapped in a jumble of expectations and pressures. There's a feeling that you -- an early 20-something whose most "adult" possessions include a George Foreman Grill and a button-down shirt you've had since high school -- should have it all mapped out. But no need to panic.

For Teens, Is Any Job A Good Job?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Ashley Williams Eight bucks an hour plus tips. Drake Elliot says it’s not so bad to be a pizza delivery driver. Especially since the job co...

Getting Our Youth Back to Work: Policy Lessons From Around the World

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 07.27.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

Without the right skills, people will languish on the margins of society, technological progress will not translate into economic growth, and countries can't compete in the global economy.

Teaching Our Children to Be Joyfully Mediocre

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

We forget that sometimes, whether it is kicking a ball in soccer, making music with a violin or expressing oneself through drawing, joy can be found in the act of doing those things, and not the trophy, the applause or the recognition.

8 Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Have

Neal Jenson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Small Business
Neal Jenson

Time is a finite resource, making it very valuable. You cannot repurchase or reproduce time once it has been used. You must understand and be ready for the actual volume of decisions you will be making as an entrepreneur.

When -- and How -- Did Business Become the Enemy?

John Friedman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
John Friedman

Is this just rationalization for not advancing people (or shipping jobs overseas), a justification to avoid feeling guilty about not passing the reigns to a generation champing at the bit for their turn to be in charge, or something more?

Remember the Alamo (and More)

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 06.09.2013 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

MEMRISE IS LOOKING TO CREATE A WORLD OF MEMORY CHAMPIONS Joshua Foer's 2012 bestseller Moonwalking with Einstein recounts his year spent training for...

Disruptive Difference: World Education Leaders Unite At Global Education and Skills Forum

Vikas Pota | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Vikas Pota

As a professional conference go-er, the Global Education & Skills Forum reminded me very much of the World Economic Forum's Annual Summit in Davos for its professionalism, and high caliber of delegates.

The Fitness Myths That Hold You Back, and How to Succeed: Myth 5 -- Practice Makes Perfect

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

There is no question that in order to become skillful at any sport or fitness activity, you need to participate in and practice the activity. But if that is all that is required -- practice, practice, practice -- how come not everyone that practices a lot excels at what they do?

Because He Can

Garret Kramer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

The best leaders allow instincts to flourish. They understand that there's more than one way to field a ball, score a goal, or do anything for that matter.

Acting for Stage Is Acting for Life

Selina Wang | Posted 05.11.2013 | College
Selina Wang

Even if you have no desire to ever be on-stage or in front of a camera, some rules for successful acting can be applied to leading a successful life.

Gender Equality Pays Off in Brazil

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil's success in reducing poverty and income inequality has been widely reported in recent years. What is less known is that there has also been progress in lessening gender inequality in the past two decades.

You Can Be Constipated on LinkedIn but Not Happy

Adam Pervez | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business
Adam Pervez

I started wondering what other skills I could find listed on LinkedIn if something as basic and universal as happiness wasn't available.

CareerEdge Uses Sector-Based Approach to Close Florida's Skills Gap

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifAs a single mother and soon-to-be, first-time grandmother, Maria desperately needed to find work. Unfortunately, she'd been out of the workforce so long, her skills were no longer applicable to the marketplace.

Great Employees Are Not Replaceable

Amy Rees Anderson | Posted 04.21.2013 | Business
Amy Rees Anderson

It isn't the technology or the product that make a company great, it's the people. And companies who see their good employees as "replaceable" are wrong.

Expanding Opportunities for Better Jobs in Atlanta

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifMore than 630,000 families across the 13-county region are not financially self-sufficient. They are headed by adults who lack the education, training and experience needed to fill middle-skill jobs that pay enough to support a household.

Understanding the Role of Luck in Our Lives

Michael J. Mauboussin | Posted 04.02.2013 | Business
Michael J. Mauboussin

Whether you're placing bets on a hot player in your rotisserie baseball league or a hot fund in your investment portfolio, recognize that good luck is unlikely to persist.

One Way to Change the World

Maureen Anderson | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

"You see that guy over there?" I asked one of my daughter's teachers, who's fast becoming a family friend. "The one with the blonde hair?" She did. "H...

Dr. Toy Talks About Why Classic Toys Are Important©

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 03.31.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Have you noticed how many of the toys that you played with as a child are still available now to share with your children? These classics have lasted over time. The joy of sharing a toy with your child that you once played with is a special treat.