By Bob Caporale on October 7th, 2015 | Comment on this post

bob caporale bookThis post is adapted from the book “Creative Strategy Generation” by Bob Caporale (McGraw-Hill, 2015). Caporale is the president of Sequent Learning Networks. His goal is to help business practitioners infuse more passion and creativity into their jobs. You can learn more about his work by visiting or following him on Twitter @bobcaporale.

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Ask where do great ideas come from and you’ll likely hear why they evolved rather than how. They were inspired.

Some of the best ideas haven’t been developed; they’ve been inspired. I say this because if you ask someone where their great ideas come from, they will probably be more inclined to tell you why they evolved rather than how. In other words, they’ll be telling you what inspired them.

When people are inspired, it usually means that some external force has pulled on their emotions and caused them to see or feel something that they may not have been seeing or feeling previously; and this often compels them to take some action in order to express that feeling.…

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Breakfast has long been called the most important meal of the day, and the cliche is proving increasingly true for packaged food makers and restaurants looking to serve consumers’ growing craving for morning meals that balance healthy, yummy and easy to eat on the go.

“Consumers have really absorbed the message for awhile now that starting your day with a bowl full of sugar is not the best way to sustain your energy and be your best,” said Kara Nielsen, culinary director of Sterling Rice Group. “It’s part and parcel with the anti-carb and pro-protein trends, and some of these nutritional themes we keep reading about in the news and hearing about on CNN.”

Retail breakfast food sales grew during the recession and they’re expected to hit $15.7 billion by 2017, a 26% increase from 2012, according to Mintel data. Still, many time-crunched consumers say they skip or skimp on the morning meal, according to a 2014 report from Clarkston Consulting, and breakfast food brands including Kellogg’s, Kraft, Hillshire Brands and Hormel Foods have been working to create breakfast bars and other more convenient options.…

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By Naphtali Hoff on October 7th, 2015 | Comment on this post


October is Connected Educator Month. Stay tuned throughout the month for advice from your peers about connected teaching and learning. In this blog post, executive coach and consultant Naphtali Hoff, goes back to basics and challenges educators to deepen their connections with students “so that you can maximize your influence on the life of the young men and women that have been entrusted to you.”

This blog post is the first in a two-part series.

Consider this story: There was a teacher who took his job very seriously. He was always on time for class (if not early) and conducted himself in a most professional manner. One day, he experienced some delays that were beyond his control and he arrived a bit late to class. Needless to say, the lateness bothered him and he was a bit flustered as he entered the classroom to begin teaching.

Upon his arrival, a boy from the middle row gleefully raised his left arm and pointed to his watch.…

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By Dr. Mark Goulston on October 6th, 2015 | Comment on this post

The first thing you need to do to get an irrational person to behave rationally is to calm yourself down so that you don’t escalate the situation with your own irrational and emotional reaction.

If you’re viewing a person as irrational, it means they’ve already succeeded in getting you upset enough to take something they’re doing or saying too personally when you shouldn’t. When that happens, a part of your middle emotional brain called the amygdala will hijack you away from thinking rationally and responding accordingly. It does so by blocking you from accessing your upper rational brain to evaluate the situation.

Thinking of someone as irrational can mean you’re feeling as if they are intentionally acting in some way just to get you upset — and then you react by becoming upset. Alternatively, if you view them as merely not rational, and don’t take their behavior personally, you will be able to take your emotionality out of the equation.…

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Associations, organizations, corporations and schools have a challenge before them: to ensure students — regardless of gender, background or disability — learn 21st-century workplace skills. SmartBrief Education will dive into the issue Oct. 23 during an expert panel session, Equity in STEM: Taking Up the Challenge to Build an Inclusive Workforce.

Join us for insights about boosting the numbers students from under-represented populations in the STEM workforce pipeline. Our expert STEM panel includes an author and thought leader, female business leader, aerospace educator and a MakerEd educator who works with students with neurological differences.

We’ll ask the audience to discuss what they can do to step up. And we’ll ensure attendees leave with actionable best practices for preparing students for the 21st century workforce.

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