- When the mind is braced by the weighty expectations of a prepared work, the page of whatever book we read, becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant; the sense of our author is as broad as the world. There is creative reading as well as creative writing. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks 5:233
- Organismic Integration Theory
- Charitable Contribution Disclosure Requirements: A Guide to Compliance With IRS Rules and Regulations
- Why We Humblebrag About Being Busy
- Common Denominators of High Performing Teams
- If You Don't Prioritize Your Life, Someone Else Will
- When to Make a Promise to Your Boss (and When Not To)
- Five Ways to Manage Conflict Before It Manages You
- School nutrition standards to become effective July 1
- Uncommon Denominators: Understanding “Per Pupil” Spending
- 20 Excel charts for your dashboards
- Online district self-assessment available through June 30
- Maine DOE offers webinar on maintenance of effort and excess cost
- School Facility Management System to go offline June 30
- Message to districts: Updated ED 279s posted
- Stop Trying to Control People or Make Them Happy
- A Hero Superintendent in Massachusetts Speaks Out Against the Madness
- 4 Principles for Using Your Leadership Power
- Introverts Are Excellent Just As They Are
- It’s Monday!
- Difficult Workplaces
- Too Many Office Policies “What a Scary Thought!”
- When Does Micromanagement Become Harassment
- Guidance on unpaid school lunches
- What to Do When You Can’t Control Your Stress
- How to Build Trust if Your Boss Doesn’t
- The Value of the Product Backlog
- Resolve in Style
- Root Out Dysfunction in the Boardroom
- What To Do When Your Co-Worker is Driving You Nuts
- Big Data – More Headache Than Elixir
- Six Ways to Deal with Messy People
- Five Secrets to Escaping the Past
- Telling a story with your data
- Can you tell me a story?
- Costs of Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors Continue to Rise as the IRS Cracks Down
- If You Are Holding People Accountable, Something Is Wrong (And it isn’t what you think.)
- Five Beliefs that Erode Workplace Motivation, Part 2
- If You Cannot Measure It …Five beliefs that erode workplace motivation (Part 5)
- The Reality about What Really Matters at Work
- We already do Scrum, but what is this thing called Kanban?
- Bonny Eagle Robotics Team step ahead in national competition
- Which is Better? A Budget with “Challenge” or a Budget with “Reserve”?
- More on Delegation: Micro-management and “Hands-On” Management Style
- On Leadership and Agile Thinking
- The Paralysis of Analysis
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- Marilyn's Workplace Blog
- Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
- MRSC Insight
Charitable Contribution Disclosure Requirements: A Guide to Compliance With IRS Rules and Regulations
Originally posted on Non-Profits Talk:
Virtually every nonprofit in the United States conducts fundraising activities in one way or another. These activities can include in-person solicitations, mail solicitations, phone calls, or special fundraising events. Charitable organizations exempt under section 501(c)(3) must understand the IRS regulations surrounding substantiation and disclosure requirements for charitable contributions in order to protect the tax-deductible nature of the donation as well as protect themselves from IRS penalties.
The tax regulations put the burden of obtaining the proper written acknowledgement of a contribution on the donor, not on the charity itself. An organization that does not acknowledge a contribution (subject to exceptions discussed below) incurs no penalty, but the donor will not be able to claim a tax-deduction. This could lead to unhappy donors who may choose to move their donations to other organizations in the future. It is critical for all charitable organizations to become familiar with and comply with the…
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Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:
We have a problem—and the odd thing is we not only know about it, we’re celebrating it. Just today, someone boasted to me that she was so busy she’s averaged four hours of sleep a night for the last two weeks. She wasn’t complaining; she was proud of the fact. She is not alone.
Why are typically rational people so irrational in their behavior? The answer, I believe, is that we’re in the midst of a bubble; one so vast that to be alive today in the developed world is to be affected, or infected, by it. It’s the bubble of bubbles: it not only mirrors the previous bubbles (whether of the Tulip, Silicon Valley or Real Estate variety), it undergirds them all. I call it “The More Bubble.”
The nature of bubbles is that some asset is absurdly overvalued until — eventually — the bubble bursts, and we’re left…
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Many teams in the working world have various symptoms of dysfunction. You can observe all kinds of back biting, laziness, sabotage, lack of support, passive aggressive behavior, grandstanding, and numerous other maladies if you study the inner workings of teams.
Yet some teams are able to rise above the petty problems and reach a level of performance that is consistently admirable.
I have studied working teams for decades and have concluded that there are four common denominators successful teams share.
If your team has these four elements, you are likely enjoying the benefits of a high performance team.
If you do not see these things, then chances are you are frustrated with your team experience.
A common goal –
This is the glue that keeps people on the team pulling in the same direction. If people have disparate goals, their efforts will not be aligned, and organizational stress will result.
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“A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” So said Mahatma Gandhi, and we all know how his conviction played out on the world stage. But what is less well known is how this same discipline played out privately with his own grandson, Arun Gandhi.
Arun grew up in South Africa. When he was a young boy, he was beaten up twice: once for being too white and once for being too black. Still angry, Arun was sent to spend time with his grandfather. In an interview with Arun, he told me that his grandfather was in demand from many important people, yet he still prioritized his grandson, spending an hour a day for 18 months just listening to Arun. It proved to be a turning point in Arun’s life.
I had the opportunity to apply Gandhi’s…
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Conflict gets a bad rap. Most people tend to view conflict as a bad thing, automatically assuming it has to be an adversarial win or lose situation. The reality is that conflict is inevitable in relationships and it isn’t inherently a negative thing. It depends if you choose to manage the conflict or let the conflict manage you.
I’m a fan of the Thomas Kilmann model of conflict management because of its dispassionate approach to the topic and the practical strategies it offers for its followers. Kilmann defines conflict as any situation where your concerns or desires differ from those of another person. That can be as simple as deciding where to go for dinner with your spouse to something as complex as brokering the details of a huge corporate merger.
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Originally posted on Maine DOE Newsroom:
Federal school nutrition standards adopted in 2010 will become effective on July 1. The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) requires that all foods sold on a school campus outside of the school meal program must meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards set forth in the interim final rule titled “National School Lunch Program (NLSP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP): Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as required by the HHFKA of 2010.”
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Originally posted on School Finance 101:
This post is another in my series on data issues in education policy. The point of this post is to encourage readers of education policy research to pay closer attention to the fact that any measure of “per pupil spending” contains two parts – a measure of “spending” in the numerator and a measure of “pupils” in the denominator.
Put simply, both measures matter, and matching the right numerator to the right denominator matters.
Below are a few illustrations of why it’s important to pay attention to both the numerator and denominator when considering both variations across settings in education spending or variations over time in education spending.
Declining Enrollment Growth and Exploding Spending!
First it is important to understand that when the ratio of spending to pupils is growing over time, that growth may be a function of either or both, increasing expenditures in the numerator or declining pupils…
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Originally posted on User Friendly:
Effectively displaying data is always a challenge. Making sure that the right data is being displayed is one thing, but making sure that the way it is displayed visually matches the message you want to…