Strive Leadership

Empathy: The Basic Quality Many Leaders Keep Getting Wrong -

"Ever wonder why some managers just can't get along with their teams? Or have you seen a boss who's lost touch with reality? Or maybe you're the leader, and you've noticed a slow-but-sure disconnect from your team. What can you do about it?" Justin Bariso writes for about the important difference between empathy and sympathy.

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Oct 21, 2016 Comments

The Leadership Dynamics of the Sobo Sibs

The Sobocinski siblings.

As a leadership development organization, we think often about the many influences on our leadership styles, as well as how to improve them and utilize them effectively in different situations. Coach Sobocinski, one of our Sports Challenge girls’ basketball coaches unpacks how her family, and being the eldest of 8 children, influenced her leadership style. In reading her story, we invite you to ask yourself: how has my family influenced my leadership style?

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Oct 19, 2016 Comments

The "Soft Skills" Employers are Looking for - the Wall Street Journal

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An analysis of 2.3 million LinkedIn profiles reveals that employers are increasingly placing importance on certain "soft skills," or non-technical skills, when hiring new employees. The top skills employers are looking for - communication, teamwork, punctuality, and critical thinking.

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Oct 18, 2016 Comments

To get into college, Harvard report advocates for kindness instead of overachieving - Washington Post

Lisa Heffernan and Jennifer Wallace writes for The Washington Post about the struggle high school kids are facing in the college application process. Colleges, up until now, have largely focused on academic achievement along with a full schedule of extra-curricular activities in deciding whether an applicant was worthy of admission; however, a report released in January by Making Caring Common reveals that some schools are now including an application section asking students to detail their efforts to do more for their family, community, and the common good.

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Oct 07, 2016 Comments

Did you know? 2016 Edition

The world is a rapidly changing place. Hundreds of babies are being born each minute, technology is spreading information faster than ever in human history, and smart devices will soon outpace the intelligence of the human species.

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Sep 30, 2016 Comments

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