Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Johnny Bunko: a cartoon Joe who hates his dead-end accounting job. A set of
magic chopsticks. And Diana, a Greek-anime goddess of job satisfaction. Mix 'em
together and you have the latest business manga. That's right, I said
Lesson 1: There is no plan. The
average worker will have a gazillion jobs before she's 42. Don't do things
you hate or are worthless just 'cause you think they'll get you somewhere. Do
stuff 'cause you love it and it's valuable to you. This is the path to success
and fulfilllment, grasshopper.
Lesson 2: Think strengths, not weaknesses. Diana
invokes the sacred bobbleheads of Seligman and
Buckingham. Capitalize on what
you're good at. End sentences with prepositions. Who cares? Screw that 'fill in
the gaps' crap. Allow yourself to bring out your best. Follow
your heart with a vengeance. That's what remarkable leaders do. Be
Lesson 3: It's not about you. It's
not about you. It's not about you. Really. It's about them. Help your
students-customers-clients-stakeholders solve their problems. The
most valuable people in any job bring out the best in others. Be helpful.
Add value. It's not about you.
Lesson 4: Persistence trumps talent. The
fall of dropping water wears away the stone. Keep
on sucking until you succeed. What are you afraid of?
Lesson 5: Make excellent mistakes.
If your strategy is to lie low, do your job, follow instructions, and hope
that nobody notices you, (a) nobody will ever notice you, and (b)
you're actually increasing the chances of something bad happening.
If, on the other hand, you develop a reputation as the person who is always
pushing the envelope, challenging the organization to go to the next level, and
using your influence to get good stuff done, you've got the world's best job
can't shrink your way to greatness.
Fail better. Fail smarter. Being
safe is risky. Being risky is safe
Lesson 6: Leave an imprint. Make a difference. Do
something meaningful. Stand
for something big and important. Stop being ordinary. Make the world a
better place. What are you waiting for?
A rehash of earlier works? Absolutely. A super fun way to spend an hour? You
the book. But whatever you do, don't let your local adolescents get hold of
it or they'll really start asking questions about whatever it is you're
Oh, did I mention it's written by Daniel
Pink? Rock on.
[I loved this book. I give it 5 highlighters.]
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Journaling can help you materialize your ambitions.
- Organizing your thoughts can help you plan and achieve goals that might otherwise seen unobtainable.
- The Bullet Journal method, in particular, can reduce clutter in your life by helping you visualize your future.
- One way to view your journal might be less of a narrative and more of a timeline of decisions.
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