By on August 29th, 2014 | Comment on this post

Changing state laws around the country have fueled a rise in craft distilleries in the past decade or so, and their artisan experiments are fueling the latest whiskey trends. The number of craft distilleries in the state of New York alone has grown to 50 since the state began cutting licensing fees in 2002, and there are 12 in the borough of Brooklyn alone, said Colin Spoelman, co-founder and master distiller at King’s County Distillery.

Spoelman grew up in Kentucky, the state that produces 95% of the world’s bourbon supply. He learned early on to make moonshine, which is basically bourbon before it’s aged, he said. When he moved north to Brooklyn, Spoelman set up a still in his apartment and started making the kind of moonshine whiskey he grew up with.

“Then I started getting very popular,” he said with a laugh. “So I looked into getting a license.…

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By Katharine Haber on August 28th, 2014 | Comment on this post

SmartBrief on EdTech last week polled readers about a few top tech-based approaches to learning that have been making news in education. Our goal was to gain insight about how prevalent these approaches will be in classrooms across the country during the new school year.

The first approach we asked about was flipped instruction, finding that more than 60% of respondents said the approach will be used sporadically in their school or district this year. About 27% of respondents said there were no plans to use the approach, while slightly more than 9% said flipped instruction will make its debut in classrooms this year.

Gaming — from game-based instruction to video games — in the classroom proved to be a slightly less popular approach with our readers, with just under half of respondents reporting that the approach will be used at least sporadically in their school or district this year. Another 45% said the approach will not be used at all, while just about 6% expect the approach to be introduced.…

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By on August 28th, 2014 | Comment on this post

Most managers are rationale, logical, practical problem solvers when they first get promoted. Then, through organizational conditioning, they learn to play silly games. They are like the frog in a pan of boiling water. The change is so gradual, these silly games eventually begin to feel like “real world management.”

How many of these silly management games do you play? More importantly, do you have the courage to speak up and stop the insanity?

We’ll start with some silly budgeting games:

1. “Use it or lose it budgeting.” This is when you are getting close to the end of the year and your budget is running under your forecast. In previous years, when you underspent, your next year’s budget was set based on that year’s actual. So, in order not to have your budget cut again, you go on a shopping spree — buying stuff you really don’t need or stocking up just in case you might need it.…

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By Naphtali Hoff on August 27th, 2014 | Comment on this post

Recently I had the pleasure of going on a fishing trip on Lake Michigan with three of my sons. This was our first such fishing charter, and it turned out to be a great experience all around.

Clearly, one of the most common words on a shipping boat is “catch,” as in the fish that is brought in during the trip. When used in the workplace, the term can be used to reference a great new resource, such as a new hire or tool that has the potential of adding value to the workforce and its efforts. Proactive managers and employers can also catch their workers doing something right and praise such conduct as a form of reinforcement.

On the negative side, the term “catch” can refer to the way in which employees are oftentimes evaluated, as in being caught off-guard with critiques (or worse) that stem from unstated or unclear expectations.…

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By Young Entrepreneur Council on August 27th, 2014 | Comment on this post

Q. What is one bad management practice nearly all entrepreneurs are guilty of at one point?

The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.

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yec_Brittany Hodak1. Looking for “clones” to hire

As entrepreneurs who were once solo-preneurs know, when you hire someone to take over the work you were once doing yourself, it can be difficult not to jump in and say, “I did it this way” on occasion. It’s important to hire people who know more than you and can look for new, innovative ways to solve problems that you may not think of instead of training new hires to think and act like a mini you.…

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