Over the past 18 weeks, we’ve had an opportunity to think about education in different ways. Most importantly, we’ve focused on strategies that best serve students and, therefore, our entire society. These strategies have their roots in management best practices. Let’s review what we’ve learned. Classroom CEO It is up to the teacher to set […] Read more

The eighteen Apprentice candidates lived and worked together for several months. They must have gotten to know quite a bit about each other and, undoubtedly, friendships formed. It sounds a bit like summer camp. For this final task, Tana and Kendra were each reunited with three of their former camping buddies. You’d think they’d be […] Read more

To reduce the candidates from three to two, The Donald asked four CEO’s to interview Craig, Kendra and Tana. With no preparation, the candidates were expected to wow the executives. Education is preparation for life. That means it’s not just learning a series of facts or an assortment of skills. Parrots and monkeys can do […] Read more

Last week Bren was fired for his reluctance to take risks. In the cab on the way out of town, Bren shared his relief that he was heading home to his family. “I came out here for something and realized it was back home, right under my nose.” He felt that the experience left him […] Read more

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.” Insanity seems to be a regular companion of our Magna friends. Unfortunately it is also apparent in our education system. Consider the following question: Educators widely accept Howard Gardner’s work describing the different ways people learn. Why then haven’t classroom practices changed […] Read more

A man finds a magic lantern complete with a genie. The genie grants the lucky man one wish. The man wishes to be “irresistible” to women so…the genie turns him into a puppy. Has The Donald carefully defined his goal? What is his definition of success with regard to his next Apprentice? What is society’s […] Read more

“There is no such thing as failure” said The Donald. Perhaps he read Week Four of this column where we discussed failing forward. Failure is tied to powerful emotions. That combination of learning plus emotion (either positive or negative) results in true knowledge. Tana and Angie provided excellent examples of both ends of the spectrum […] Read more

Eight Apprentices began this week’s task. Out of the hundreds of people who apply to be The Apprentice, wouldn’t you expect the final eight to be exemplary? Unfortunately, we saw a typical example of fast-track, stressed out folks who turn into bullies. You Deserve A Break Today Helping out Net Worth, The Donald allowed the […] Read more

Consider the following scenarios: The phone rings and you receive an invitation to “Come by for dinner on Saturday. I’m making spaghetti.” – Or – You receive a beautiful basket from Nic’s Basket Case containing Pasta Sauces (Red and Pesto), Linguine, a red checked tablecloth, candles, a bottle of Shiraz and two lovely glasses, fresh […] Read more

Successful activities include three distinct phases: Planning, Implementation and Assessment. This is true in the boardroom and the classroom. This week The Apprentices were treated to a T.V. time out while the viewers got an inside look at some of the reasons why nine candidates have failed this high stakes test. Planning to Win Good […] Read more

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