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So My Kid Is A “Prospect” -- Now What? (Part 1)

By Andrea Valentine, Executive Director of Strive: How You Lead Matters

Last year, my son was just a gangly, adorable 8th grade athlete. This year as a high school freshman -- poof -- he’s been transformed into a “prospect.” He is interested in playing sports in college. For his sake, I’m now playing catch-up in a college recruiting game that seems to have morphed into an NCAA version of The Hunger Games since I went through the process almost thirty years ago. This blog is the first of four that can help you and your student-athlete through the same process.

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Sep 28, 2016 Comments

What’s behind America’s insistence on instilling grit in kids? - The Conversation


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Paige Grey, Visiting Assistant Professor at Fort Lewis College, writes for The Conversation about grit, and its articulation as an essential characteristic for healthy, productive maturation in our youth. Grey weighs the pros and cons of this insistence on on fostering grit, and wonders if grit is too abstract, indeterminant, and mysterious for kids to really understand what's being expected of them.

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Sep 27, 2016 Comments

The More You Energize Your Coworkers, the Better Everyone Performs

Wayne Baker recently wrote an article in the Productivity section of the Harvard Business Review, posing the questions, "How much energy do you have at work? Do you feel invigorated and engaged or down and disengaged?" Baker states that "either way, the reason might be your coworkers: They are infecting you with their energy, positive or negative."

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Sep 23, 2016 Comments

Op-ed: Education for the Future – Curriculum Redesign

Charles Fadel, founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, considers six factors – three human and three technological – that will require a diverse set of individual abilities and competencies, plus an increased collaboration among cultures. Fadel explains these factors and why today’s curriculum may not be sufficient to prepare students for the future.

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Sep 20, 2016 Comments

From Hot Mess to Hotness - Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

A key part of effective leadership is identifying, creating and sustaining a culture that supports your mission and goals. Culture exists whether it is intentionally created or not. It is nuanced, can be sensitive to unpack, and is married to context. All of this means that culture issues are often difficult to identify and hard work to address.

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Sep 14, 2016 Comments

America's Insensitive Children?

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"Perhaps unlike their U.S. peers, kids in Denmark—where happiness levels are the highest on Earth—are taught in school to care for one another from a young age."

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Sep 09, 2016 Comments

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life

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William Deresiewicz writes for The Atlantic, explaining how an elite education can lead to a cycle of grandiosity and depression. Deresiewicz is a former Yale English profressor and has seen firsthand how America's revered, elite institutions represent a flawed meritocracy. 

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Sep 06, 2016 Comments

Make Listening a ‘New School Year’ Resolution

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"If we detach ourselves and only hear what people are saying, we will put ourselves in a losing position starting Day One. To be successful today and every day this school year, we must listen."

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Aug 26, 2016 Comments

Olympic champions inspiring local youth - press of atlantic city

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Aug 22, 2016 Comments

Runners Collide On The Track, Help Each Other Advance To Final - Women's Running

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"Talk about a moment to remember! With a spot in the finals on the line, two runners, including U.S.'s Abbey D'Agostino help one another up after fall."

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Aug 18, 2016 Comments