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Who are three of your favorite TV characters? (a revealing speedy-kwik quiz) – SCN Encourager

Warning – this quiz has a punchline that stings! Ouch! This exercise hurts. Maybe you won’t be affected in the same way. Let’s find out. Imagine you are attending a “relationship building” workshop. Not a marriage or emotional touchie-feelie one. But rather one geared toward “customer retention” for organizations. (Yeah, I know I need both……
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Oops! Here’s a 21st century skill you’re probably “underteaching.” – SCN Encourager

As if preparing your students in the core 21st century skills in your schools wasn’t enough! But… it isn’t. Sorry. For sure, the core 21st century skills already contained in our curriculum and in our instruction are essential. They’re rock-solid. And our students need to experience success in:  •  critical thinking •  problem-solving •  collaboration…
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The flat-out simplest way to snag potentially valuable feedback – SCN Encourager

This tactic’s a proven winner for raising the quality of your service. Many ignore it, though. It’s not expensive enough, money-wise. It’s not whiz-bang enough, tech-wise. It’s not sexy enough, image-wise. So you can now see why I think it’s perfect. It jells with my personal brand attributes perfectly! Cash-challenged! Low-tech! An authentic fuddy-duddy! But experts say this simple…
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Sign my petition. We need to limit the choices of ice cream. – SCN Encourager

Only government intervention can get me out of the dog house. I’m now a believer. The paradox of choice is true. And for the scant few of us in the knucklehead tribe, it can spark trouble. It can also damage your professional perspective. My woes began with my possession of a seemingly safe “2 for 1” Breyer’s…
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Dang. What’s wrong with resorting to “Plan B” anyway? – SCN Encourager

I’m a big fan of “Plan B” to tell you the truth. It’s helpful in several ways. First of all – as a boost to my ego – because whenever I have to resort to  Plan B I can always live in the delusion I’m at least executing a plan. That’s huge! Secondly, whenever I have to…
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Do you think our schools are still graduating “widget producers?” – SCN Encourager

The Harvard Business Review says we are. And we should be proud of this. After all, a healthy and dynamic economy depends upon a steady increase in marketplace transactions; with a wide range of various “widgets” available to meet our wants and needs. We’re all connected (in some way) to goods and services being created, promoted, sold, delivered,…
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Are you a big thinker? – SCN Encourager

That is… are you one who thrives on “thinking big?” Brooke Castillo is a life coach and founder of LifeCoachSchool. She’s extremely bright… very much like you, only you’re directly involved with real-world “life school,” the real deal. Anyway, Brooke has a fantastic podcast with a ton of insights about depression, self-confidence, relationships, and strategies…
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The collision of Einstein and the Smarty Pants gang – SCN Encourager

It’s been happening on Twitter for the last couple of days. Why I thought so many of the tweets in this particular feed were funny, I can’t say. #StupidQuestionsForEinstein But at any rate, I was reminded about the draw of an engaging hashtag. #StupidQuestionsForEinstein How can we trust atoms if they make up everything? Did…
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Why you matter (without getting all philosophical about it) – SCN Encourager

You’re a leader. You’re a communicator. You’re a critical cog in a grand cause. Not a bad reminder that YOU are the message, is it? Now… if you’re wondering who the heck is John Meese? Good question. He’s a young member of Michael Hyatt’s leadership mentoring team. I think John’s recent 4 minute Twitter video…
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C’mon. Tell me this one isn’t true. – SCN Encourager

Holy cow! Marketoonist Tom Fishburne nails it again, don’tcha think? His brief commentary about “the voice of the customer” (or parent… or staff member… or…) definitely sums up the problem with today’s bent on non-stop survey-taking. Give it a peek. And here’s a clip: “If we truly want to hear the voice of the customer, I…
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Do you know the all-time most popular radio station? – SCN Encourager

Hopefully, you’re a better guesser than I am. My incorrect answer was WJR 760AM (Detroit). That was the station I listened to… always enjoying Tiger games called Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell and his partner in the booth Paul Carey. Really, I can’t imagine a radio station ever being bigger or more popular than WJR.…
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How’s your “boilerplate” working out for you?

1st in a series of 8 Basic Tools for Effective Communication . . . Topic: The Boiler Plate Remember to PATTB!* *Pay Attention to the Basics I enjoyed reading the posts about Jamie Volmer on the SCN homepage.  While I agree with Volmer’s conclusion (epiphany?) that we can’t run schools like a business, I would suggest…
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