Category Archives: Education

Academia and privilege

on November 13, 2018 in Education

When I was growing up in the 70s, when someone said something sexist others would say that person was living in the past. “It’s not the 50s anymore. Get with the times, chauvinist pig.” It took people time to catch up with how times had changed. I’ll come back to chauvinism and living in the past in a moment. Privilege in academia in the past Today people talk about how[…] Keep reading →

Why Every Parent or Student Should Read This Book

on October 31, 2018 in Education, Inc.com

Why Every Parent or Student Should Read This Book October 31, 2018 If not, the experience will surprise you. The building feels eerily smaller. The teachers seem more human. I visited my grade school when I returned to Philadelphia for graduate school after college in New York City. I saw my fifth grade teacher. We were surprised and happy to recognize each other. After hello, almost immediately she said, “I’m[…] Keep reading →

Student reviews of my leadership course, summer 2018

on October 3, 2018 in Education, Exercises, Leadership

Last summer, I taught a short version of my course to working professionals. I taught it through NYU, though it’s one of the courses I teach independently online and in corporations. It overlaps with my coaching for leadership clients. Here are the student reviews—as usual, all of them, no cherry-picking. Summer 2018 leadership student reviews Yes, I would definitely recommend this course to others. The combination of interactive classes, consistent[…] Keep reading →

Mind-blowing learning that works: Self-Directed Education

on September 14, 2018 in Education, Freedom, Models

Sometimes you discover a way of doing things so obviously more effective than how you were taught that you can’t believe how twisted our society has become. The new way shows how much the systems we’ve created twist us to fit their goals, however much those goals smother and corrupt our basic humanity that served us for hundreds of thousands of years, living in harmony with our world, and still[…] Keep reading →

Handling Trigger Warnings, Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and Other Outrages

on September 5, 2018 in Awareness, Education, Freedom, Inc.com, Leadership, Nonjudgment

Handling Trigger Warnings, Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and Other Outrages Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff’s new book, The Coddling of the American Mind, takes on offense and outrage with calm resolve and effective insight Jonathan Haidt’s latest book, released today, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, coauthored by Greg Lukianoff, takes on one of the issues of our[…] Keep reading →

The privilege of scientific ignorance

on August 11, 2018 in Awareness, Education, Nature, Nonjudgment

NYU, where I teach, is a stronghold of social justice activity, as is Columbia, where I went to school. Since before college I’ve worked on causes to promote equality along genders, skin colors, geography, sexual preferences, and more. I protested Apartheid, my government’s actions in Central America, and more. I work on the environment. The list goes on. The term privilege gets thrown around. Being white, male, and fit, the[…] Keep reading →

Meaningful Connection in other languages

on August 8, 2018 in Education, Exercises, Leadership

My Meaningful Connection exercise is one of my most popular and effective (they’re all effective) from corporate speaking, one-to-one coaching, teaching, my personal practice, and my book. Since I have non-native English speakers in nearly every audience, I’ve decided to ask some to translate the script into various languages. My leadership class this summer afforded my first two translations. If you can help with others, please let me know. I’d[…] Keep reading →

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