Archive for the ‘opportunity’ Category

Intentional development: could I raise the next Steve Jobs?

I am continually intrigued by the questions surrounding the intentional actions we might choose in raising the young.

Carol Dweck’s Mindset taught me much about creating a fertile environment for learning. Dweck’s conclusions align with some of the advice offered in CNN’s recent article, “How to raise the next Steve Jobs.” If the celebrity headline troubles you, here’s the original article by Christina Vercelletto.

What philosophy guides our choices in raising the young? What actions result from this philosophy? If universally applied, what society would this philosophy build?

Could we intentionally grow a creative person?


Data, data everywhere

Like many organizations, schools collect data.

What data do you have that might be useful?

Here’s a starting place: taking a tip from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, compare your graduating class rank (if you don’t rank, then compare grades in a single class) with student age. Does age have a predicting factor in student performance?

How far back could you check with existing records? With archived records?

What data might you start gathering today to measure something in a year – or a decade?

If NASA found something important in data thirty years old, don’t be surprised if your organization could have a similar success.

The rise and fall of an industry

Schools (public and private) face a wave of retirements in the decade to come.

A conversation on generational conflict at the Drucker Exchange points at a teaching from Peter Drucker on declining industries: “The first sign of decline of an industry is loss of appeal to qualified, able and ambitious people.”

I wonder how the Merlyns of today will find and train those who will also devote their lives to the vocation of training young royalty.

How have you prepared someone else to fill Merlyn’s seat?

Bought with a handful of goldfish!

Leslie Crawford at the GreatSchools Blog shared a delightful story of her experience on a school tour.

Moral of the story: every school (yes, every school) has some version of goldfish. Don’t let the goldfish distract you from asking the right questions about the Mutual Fit between School and Child/Family.

All of Merlyn’s magic would’ve been useless if he really wasn’t the right person to teach Wart.

Reducing stress in the learning community

According to Seth Godin, “Emergency response is overrated compared to emergency avoidance.”

In the business of learning, how many of our stressful situations are the direct result of poor preparation?

For example, graduation and other closing exercises happen each year. When does your school begin checking the boxes to ensure a smooth, well-run, and stress-reduced graduation?

Beyond reducing (or eliminating) community stress, what energies might we conserve to spend elsewhere by increasing our “lead time” in planning?

Internship Opportunity

I know many of my students – and their wonderful friends – continually search for Opportunity.

Perhaps one of you will find this internship at Growing Leaders exactly the Opportunity you desire. While I have not attended an event sponsored by Growing Leaders, I have enjoyed their newsletters and materials.

Every Merlyn knows that many future kings and queens begin their rise in such a place, learning priceless lessons at a low price, watching the method of True Nobility, and reflecting upon what sort of leader s/he might become.