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Three Best Practices in Teaching for Professors

College and university professors can be some of the most knowledgeable people in the world. But just because they know their subject matter doesn’t mean they can teach it. For more than 30 years my life has revolved around education both as a student and a teacher. After thirteen years in the K-12 system, I…

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How to Take Criticism Well

The start of a new year presents a natural opportunity for organizations to pause and reflect on their practices.  But annual reviews can be a source of anxiety as you brace yourself for negative feedback. How do you take criticism well? Frozen by Feedback I have the privilege of leading several endeavors, and at the…

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20 Icebreaker Questions You Might Actually Use

One critical factor to getting a group to work together well is helping people connect socially.  This is the reason for “icebreaker” games and questions.  They help break the social “ice” and get people talking to one another.  But most of the time icebreakers are just silly.  They’re almost as embarrassing to ask as they…

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Let the Nations Read Blogs!

In 2013, people from 140 different countries visited the site.  Some from countries I’d never even heard of before (Thanks, New Caledonia!). The Bible exclaims in Psalm 67:4, “Let the nations be glad!”  Well, in light of this post perhaps we can paraphrase.  “Let the nations read blogs!” Praise the Lord for making the world…

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Why We Can’t Meet Our Goals

Setting goals is a good practice.  Goals strip away the layers of the unimportant to reveal our core passions.  Goals focus our attention.  Goals give us inspiring visions of the future.  So why can’t we meet our goals? I’ve had several conversations with friends who once had fantastic goals, but when I caught up with…