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Leaders that are present, attuned to opportunities, and comfortable with uncertainty are effective in extraordinary ways. On the downside, that style is wrought with distractions that diminish attention on the bigger picture – what we’re really here to do now to get wherever we’re going. Exploring every possibility or saying yes to every opportunity, thins […]

Grit, curiosity and character

November 18th, 2013

In preparation for a conference next month, I’ve been reading a lot about the relationship between grit and student success. This is the topic of Paul Tough’s Why Children Succeed, but while his subjects are middle school students, mine are adult learners at community colleges, specifically “special populations” of students.  In public education, special populations […]

Why the middle class is shrinking

September 8th, 2010

(Originally posted July 20, 2010) Our society here in the US has unfortuantely come to consider the pursuit of trades an unattractive career path. Over the last three decades I’ve observed how a college degree has increasingly been encouraged over any passion to use our hands, physical coordination, or gift to make something. As a result there is a glut of college graduates […]

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