I’m guilty. In the land of do as I say and do as I do, I’m buckling on the latter and hoping you do the former. It happens. Despite best intentions to behave true to my own advice I slipped into behaviors that others rely on me to avoid modeling. It happens. Welcome to being […]
Image via Wikipedia North Americans (OK, maybe just those of us who are Yankees) love simple solutions, especially to complex problems. We want a pill to cure obesity (instead of a change in diet, lifestyle, better sleep, and appropriate physical activity) and student testing to cure educational ills (in lieu of better teacher training and […]
Image via Wikipedia There were a few reactions to a piece last week called New Traditions that merit sharing: Willamette University classmate and SAE fraternity brother Ron Yan noted that beyond my nickname of “Right On Smitty” due to my unrelenting pursuit of relevance, that “As I recall, we had many more, but certainly less […]
Wendy Mogel, author of New York Times bestseller The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children was in the City this week. I caught her presentation at the Hamlin School along with a bevy of parents from various independent schools. Mogel has great on-stage presence and funny charm, fitting for […]
“Facts,” as former President Ronald Reagan once noted, “are stupid things.” And as John Adams more accurately noted, “Facts are stubborn things” as well. So when your normal mode of operation squares off with the facts of evidence-based research, it’s time to stop being stupid or stubborn, and think about changes to your way of […]
The current job market is generally a seller’s market: qualified applicants significantly outnumber available openings. Unlike the early part of the decade – a buyer’s market – it means that employers can be (and usually are) very selective in whom they hire, and buyers – job applicants – don’t have the ability to be very highly […]
Dear Dr. Pelton , It was great to meet you last week and your twelve-year tenure as Willamette’s president has been a time of great accomplishment and progress. The school has prospered academically, the quality and diversity of students has increased, and the physical plant in gorgeous. Fundraising, something that can be challenging, has been […]
We all get asked to make assessments– a more polite word for judgments – and frankly most of us aren’t very good at it. Typically the descriptive words we use are vague at best, can get easily lost in translation from one person to another, and have their basis in some assumed sense of common underpinning qualities. For day-to-day life it works mostly – until it doesn’t – and the bump can be large and noticeable (e.g. “banking credit problem”).