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“Why Business Schools Need to Teach Experimentation”

Originally posted in our September 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. To close out our thoughts on re-evaluating learning, we turn to high education. Specifically, in business school, we are finding much evidence that a new type of learning is essential: Experimentation. A concept often thought of as something for scientists or theorists, experimenting (read, trying lots of things, and learning from what does or, more importantly, doesn’t work) is increasingly relevant to business training. Experiments create…

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“Collected Maxims and Other Reflections”

Originally posted in our September 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. No events are ever so unlucky that clever people cannot draw some advantage from them; nor are any so lucky that imprudent people cannot turn them to their own detriment. —Francois de La Rochefoucauld, “Collected Maxims and Other Reflections” We chose this maxim to highlight not only the importance of our interpretation of events but also because it shows the importance of being a learner. And…

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“Does the future of schooling look like Candy Land?”

Originally posted in our August 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. As the pandemic continues to complicate education at all levels, many schools are rising to the challenge. They are innovating, getting creative, and in some cases, are actually improving upon issues that have impacted education long before the outbreak of COVID-19. One big way schools have adapted to meet the needs of students, virtually or otherwise, is through a concept called competency-based education (CBE). Advocates of…

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“The $5 Challenge”

Originally posted in our August 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. When we think about giving students autonomy, many different things come to mind. One influential model that educators at Stanford have been using seems to spark some of the most creative opportunities you could imagine in the classroom. Tina Seelig, Ph.D., offers her students $5 and two hours to make as much money as the team can. With as much time to plan as they needed,…

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“Facilitating Group Discussions”

Originally posted in our August 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Using more learning from Stanford educators, we turn to a fantastic resource for facilitators. This document outlines how to create effective learning environments regardless of the subject that both create the psychological safety necessary for students to engage fully while also providing the space for robust and diverse discussion. As opposed to traditional lecturing, facilitation offers a more collaborative and engaging learning environment conducive to a…

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“Sailboat Metaphor”

Originally posted in our August 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. When thinking about establishing a new paradigm in the classroom, the topic of individual needs invariably comes up. Many of us have heard of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and it has almost shown as a pyramid. But, the issue is, Maslow never designed this hierarchy as a pyramid. “Maslow emphasized that we are always in a state of becoming and that one’s ‘inner core’ consists…

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“Is an Optimistic Mind Associated with a Healthy Heart?”

Originally posted in our July 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Now that we understand that we’ll all go through a period of self-doubt in our work and understand the importance of finding meaning in that work, where do we go from there? How does this knowledge impact us in the day-to-day and our overall well-being? Research over the past few decades has taken the tie between mental and physical health into new territories. We’ve known for…

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“Why You Should Stop Trying to Be Happy at Work”

Originally posted in our July 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Keeping on the thread of pushing through our own self-critique, we’ll move onto a piece from the Harvard Business Review. In it, the author suggests that happiness at work will often get you the opposite. Instead, we should seek meaning. But what does that mean, and how do we accomplish it? According to the author and research she cites, there are five factors that differentiate meaning…

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“Ira Glass on The Creative Process”

Originally posted in our July 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Ira Glass, host of This American Life on NPR, has successfully produced high-quality radio for over two decades. But, as he will freely admit, he wasn’t always very good at it. In fact, he claims to have not been up to his own standards for years. And he’s not alone. As Glass earnestly discusses in a series of videos titled On Storytelling, almost all creatives go through…

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