24 days ago
Have you wondered how to become more creative? Or simply, to capture the creative insights that you have but that seem to subside in your thinking before you can develop them and act on them? David Kadavy provides a use useful discussion of ways to manage time and activities to take advantage of the stages of the...
2 months ago
Now that we have covered "Good" - If you are truly wondering how to become great at something, take a lesson from Tom Brady who is spending his summer working with his receivers.
3 months ago
At our seminar this Wednesday we will begin the 2017 performance review process.  Please be sure to bring the following to the seminar:1 - your copy of Good People that we will use for a discussion activity2 - your edlab website bio, or an excerpt from that bio that we will use for the first part of the performance review3 - your latest reflections on what it means to be "the fullest version of yourself"
3 months ago
In Chapter 13 Tjan stresses the Good People Mantra and suggests committing to having a positive impact on the lives of 10 other people.  In our setting the focus can be on committing to having a positive impact on one another and the students and faculty of the college. If we commit to helping others become the fullest version of themselves, then we will be living and working in an environment where those around us are committed to helping us become the fullest versions of ourselves.  This seems both powerful in its potential impact and challenging to...
3 months ago
In Chapter 12 Tjan takes up the challenge of making judgments about people, presumably so that we can become better at selecting the "right" people to join our efforts or organizations.  I will get to the specific tools and techniques that Tjan advocates shortly, but I want to start with some more basic obervations and assumptions.First, there is something a bit more complicated about the notion of judging other people that needs examination.  In most cases we are judging other people in reference to something that we ourselves are doing (e.g., taking a mate, p...
3 months ago
Will the 1 billion additional dollars promised by Governor Cuomo change life for subway riders anytime soon? According to this piece in Wired the outlook is not promising. There are various explanations for the plight of the subway from insufficient funding to poor organization, but perhaps the most provocative one is lack of visio...
3 months ago
It’s that time again! Temperatures are rising in NYC and apparently so is the pace of recruitment. At least that’s how a Monster.com-sponsored article I read sees it. The piece states that “April, May and June proceeds at double the pace of December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statis...
3 months ago
Paying for graduate or undergraduate school can be demanding.  Some of us are fortunate to qualify for merit-based scholarships which decrease the amount of student loans we take since scholarships rarely ever cover the full tuition.   Federal and private loans usually make up the deficit. Loans can be complicated without guidance. Often, acquiring a loan seems easy, but repaying it comes with various complications. Recent studies have shown that many borrowers, despite being intellectuals, often have no idea what type of loan they have or how to repay it.So when do you ...
3 months ago
We have often referred to the two pizza rule regarding the size of teams to maximize productivity.  This short piece provides a concise discussion of the issues regarding team size, communication, and productivity.
As people age, the notion of having a role model seems ridiculous. Role models are generally associated with children. However, as adults, especially in these uncertain times, we can all use role models. In this piece, the Professor Susan Krauss Whitbourne (Amherst) makes such a case. She argues that society at large tends to ignore positive role models because it is simply not “sexy”. News stories and social media rewards negative behaviors (e.g. drunk driving, assaults) from celebrities by ...