Craig Smith has seen a 777 percent increase in the pass rate in calculus at Lone Peak High School since he started teaching the subject in 2007. He says the subject is “a microcosm of life.”
Knowing my children learn more from my example than from anything I say, I’ve been moved to serious reflection about what I’m teaching them about the Internet. The Internet is both amazing and terrible. It is both an equalizer and a tranquiliz
If you were to build a university from scratch in 2014, would you create traditional academic degrees in psychology, history, English, classics, humanities, or political science? Maybe not.
Coaches occupy uncommon status in American society. Because a large swath of humanity worships at the altar of sports, we confer on our coaches both the expectation to win and the mandate to lead. But the mandate to lead is not in the collaborative sense of the word. We often give our coaches — at least this has been the historical pattern — permission to mislead.
Why does giving others a license to disagree matter so much? Two reasons: First, it creates superior performance through the friction of rich dialogue. Second, it’s the one behavioral practice most responsible for building confidence in others.
The Republican Party has been outfoxed in its attempt to put the full faith and credit of the United States on the line and for making a rogue attempt to defund Obamacare.
We are all commissioned to protect, lift, and encourage the nation’s youth, to love them by setting a good example and by taking a genuine interest in their success.
Graduation advice for my daughter: Bless people. Don’t worry about impressing them. And when God blesses you, enjoy the blessing and be thankful.
We need more curious people chasing more problems of interest. That’s a jobs bill that needs to be sponsored in every house.
Too many members of Congress have delusions of grandeur, believing the nation would suffer if they left voluntarily.
When it comes to pornography, there are no true believers. We protect the devil’s own cesspool on grounds of free speech and tolerance.
The biggest challenges in education are access, quality and cost. But that’s going to change. In the next decade, I predict the key to comprehensive reform will be our ability to measure actual learning.
If we take a close look at American society during World War II, we find lost principles that need to be dusted off and put into use again: the basic principles of thrift and industry that allowed us to persevere, win the war and enter a period of extended prosperity.
Abraham Lincoln said, “I am slow to learn and slow to forget that which I have learned. My mind is like a piece of steel — very hard to scratch anything on it, and almost impossible thereafter to rub it out.”
Did you know the modeling behavior of the leader is the single most important factor in building culture? If you don’t think so, meet my friend the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro.
On a 1-to-5 scale, where 1 is low and 5 is high, how resistant to change is your organization? Consider two principles:
The biggest obstacles to change often come in extricating ourselves from the status quo.
A week ago, three top American executives resigned or were cashiered over allegations and admissions of sexual misconduct — Gen. David Patraeus of the CIA, Chris Kubasik of Lockheed Martin and Joe Rogers Jr. of Waffle House. They forgot that stewardship is moral responsibility for yourself, others and the resources we share.
The terrifying thing about the American presidency is that an untested person can become president. A person without a solid record of achievement or deeply held convictions can win on words.
We have always admired you, but now that admiration has turned to disappointment, and in time that disappointment could turn to pity. As a role model, you are in a free fall.
Toyota is sick again. In 2009, the company issued a recall for cars that had a defective accelerator. Last week it announced another recall, this time the biggest in history, due to power windows that pose a fire hazard.
In a past column, I talked about the importance of coachability — the willingness to receive guidance, support and correction. Now let’s talk about the one doing the coaching. When you achieve world-class performance in something, you qualify to be a world-class coach, right? Wrong.
Sometimes we want to pick up the freedom end and saw off the accountability end. We may even look for opportunities to cheat choices of their natural consequences, as if that were possible. The best we can do is delay them.
Freedom can’t be divorced from accountability. Choice can’t be separated from consequence. They are opposite ends of the same stick. When you pick up one end, you pick up the other.
Are there lessons of enduring value to take along with the scar tissue, the limp and the arthritis? I can’t run around the yard with my kids anymore. That’s a high price to pay. So what do I have to show for it?
We have on our hands today an ever-growing ethics problem, whose tentacles are reaching everywhere. The unscrupulous business person is ubiquitous. Organizations are now in the bleak position of trying to implant ethics in people for whom none were ever planted in the first place.
When did your company first feel the hit of the recession? I was talking to a CEO this week, and he said it started for him all the way back in 2002.
Personal feedback: Is candor the right thing? Is it an absolute? The answer is no.