The Law of Diminishing Intent

Originally posted on How Leaders Manage:

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Many times as managers, coaches, or leaders we think we have to become experts in a new area before we take the step and try something new.  The people we lead do the same thing.  We all think that we have to know all aspects about something before we can start.  Learning all aspects and becoming an expert in a particular area takes a huge investment of time and energy.  This unfortunately leads people to fall prey to the Law of Diminishing Intent.

If we don’t take action soon, when the idea strikes us and the emotion is high, fairly soon the urgency starts to diminish.  The morale of learning something new falls by the way side and we never act.  The key is to not just learn, but to act as you learn.

Jim Rohn put it like this.  People who are learning without taking action, is like…

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10 Awesome Interview Questions to Really Get to Know Job Candidates

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Question MarksThe last few weeks I’ve been focused on hiring a new team member. Although time-consuming and laborious, it’s one of the most important things I do and is one responsibility a leader can’t delegate.

I have two main goals when conducting an interview: 1) Assess the candidate’s skills and abilities to do the job, and 2) gauge the candidate’s personality, attitude, values, and beliefs to determine if she will be a culture fit. (And not necessarily in that priority order. I would rather hire someone who is a good culture fit that has the aptitude to learn the job, than hire someone with great technical skills who is a bad culture fit. The culture will chew them up and spit them out every time, meanwhile, your life will be miserable managing the person and the fallout created.)

I try to accomplish the first goal through behavioral interviewing. Over the years, my…

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Henry Ford’s Advice

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8 Habits of Effective Critical Thinkers

Originally posted on The Organized Executive's Blog:

This is a guest post by Jen Lawrence.

Critical thinking – the ability to make decisions, solve problems, and take appropriate action – has been identified as a key skill by educators business leaders and governments. Here are 10 ways to become a better critical thinker at work and in life:

1. The five second rule. Nope, this isn’t about the edibleness of that cookie you just dropped on the floor. We are talking about the brief pause you should take before making a decision. Some decisions require the triune or instinctive brain (“Hungry!), others the limbic or emotional brain (“That cookie would make me feel better”), and the rest the neocortex or rational brain (“That cookie fell where the wet dog was sitting and therefore should not be eaten.) By taking a brief pause of a few seconds, we allow the appropriate brain the time to function.

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K12 Hopes to Open Virtual School in North Carolina, Despite Record of Failure Elswhere

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Lindsay Wagner of NC Policy Watch reports that the virtual charter corporation K12 is hoping to open an online school in North Carolina.

K12 was founded by Michael and Lloyd Milken and  has turned out to be a highly profitable corporation that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

It academic results are unimpressive, to say the least. Its students have a high dropout rate, low graduation rates, and low test scores. A study by the Walton-funded group at Stanford found that virtual charter schools in Pennsylvania, including K12, get worse results than either public schools or brick-and-mortar charter schools. A study by the National Education Policy Center criticized K12’s poor academic results and high administration costs; students at K12 actually fall behind real public schools. Stories in the New York Times and the Washington Post showed K12 to be one of the worst of all possible choices.

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The Law Of The Garbage Truck

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management:

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This is a great little story, one that you can remember easily and share with others when they need to hear it.

The Law of The Garbage Truck
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!

The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. He was so nice was really friendly to the man. So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’ This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, ‘The…

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ALEC Meets Today in Dallas to Plan for More Privatization

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

The Progressive.com managed to get a copy of ALEC’s agenda for its 41st annual meeting in Dallas.

ALEC wants to eviscerate Medicaid, support fracking, and expand charter schools in hopes of destroying America’s great public school system.

All for the corporations and the 1%, nothing for the people.

They are shameless.

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Commission established to study essential programs and services

Originally posted on Maine DOE Newsroom:

The Commission to Strengthen the Adequacy and Equity of Certain Cost Components of the School Funding Formula was established pursuant to Resolve 2014, Chapter 114 and held its first meeting on July 25.

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Organismic Integration Theory

Originally posted on Dave Nicolette:

Recently, I came across a model I had not known before: Organismic Integration Theory (OIT). I read about it on Sal Freudenberg’s blog, which is much easier to digest than scholarly articles on the subject.

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