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I wrote yesterday about the danger in tying the value of wisdom and advice to the morality of the advice-giver or to our opinion of that person. Underlying that discussion is the importance of acknowledging failure and accepting flaws, and then working to overcome them.

Failure is essential to the human experience; we would not be able to define success without it, nor would be we be able to learn and grow if there was nothing we were shallow, ignorant or inexperienced about.[…] Continue Reading »

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Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are gaining ground as a way to improve student achievement at the classroom level. An SLO is a measurable academic goal for a student or a group of students that is focused on the most important course content. It is set at the beginning of a course, usually based on a student’s baseline performance, and student progress toward the goal is tracked through formative assessment.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Social Media — tracks feedback from leading marketers about social media practices and issues.

This week, we asked: Do you attempt to blend social media into your offline marketing efforts?

  • Yes 81.03%
  • No 12.07%
  • I don’t use social media for marketing 6.90%

More than 4-in-5 SmartBrief on Social Media readers are making the right call and using social elements in their offline ads.[…] Continue Reading »

I like to think of our daily SmartBrief on Leadership newsletter as an essential read for current or aspiring leaders seeking guidance on being better managers, strategists and innovators. I believe we generally deliver such a product, notwithstanding the obvious bias that I edit the newsletter.

One challenge we face in summarizing the best of leadership and management coverage is that, understandably, much of the advice is black and white.[…] Continue Reading »