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Avoid the Trenches

By General John Michel

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“An army of a thousand is easy to find, but, ah, how difficult to find a good general.”
Chinese Proverb

In 1904, France and Britain signed the Entente Cordiale (the friendly understanding); shortly thereafter, Russia also agreed to join this alliance. As a result, the German military began to fear the possibility of a combined attack from France, Britain and Russia.

In an attempt to respond to what they perceived as a growing threat, the German staff began making plans of their own to fend off a potential attack from these allied powers. The plan became known as The Von …read more

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#ISTE14 Is Over but the Learning Is Just Getting Started

By Angela Maiers

ISTE is more than meetups, and social media is more than tools. It is a series of W.O.W. moments that take your breath away, and I am honored to share mine with you.

Even if you weren’t able to attend ISTE this year, you can benefit from the knowledge sharing that took place in Atlanta. Below are resources that can empower you to inspire some W.O.W. moments of your own.

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Lessons on Tossing Out the Rule Book

By General John Michel

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“Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“Houston, we have a problem!”

These five words, originally spoken over forty years ago by astronaut Jack Swigert of Apollo 13 on April 14, 1970, immediately captured the attention of citizens the world over.

The warning to the Houston Space Center of a major technical fault in the electrical system of one of the spacecraft’s oxygen tanks certainly caused well founded concern. It also immediately sent technicians and scientists into a full-fledged search for innovative solutions to this unexpected life-threatening situation.

For the next seventy-two hours, scores of people worked around the …read more

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Trading Tulips: The Fallacy of the Herd Mentality

By General John Michel

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“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.”
Bertrand Russell

In the late 16th century, the Dutch tulip market was blooming—in fact it was booming. Although tulips were a novelty for most of the world, they were one of Holland’s major exports and status symbols for wealthy families across Europe.

During the height of their popularity, tulips became so popular that people were making and losing fortunes literally overnight. In fact, at one time tulips were selling for as much as ten times the price commanded by Europe’s …read more

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3 No-Fail Self-Leadership Safeguards Against Pride

By General John Michel

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I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.
Pietro Aretino

Long ago there lived an island king overflowing with pride who, one sleepless night, got it into his head that he would like to touch the moon.

“Why not?” he asked himself, “After all, I am the King. What I want, I get. And I want to touch the moon.”

The next morning the king called his chief carpenter into the royal court.

“I want you to build me a tower,” he commanded. “One tall enough to reach the moon.”

The carpenter’s stomach jumped and his eyes bulged.

“The moon, sire? Did you …read more

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The Ultimate EDGE: Learning to Bend but Not Break

By General John Michel

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Resilience is not a commodity you are born with, waiting silently on tap. It is self-manufactured painstakingly over time by working through your problems and never giving up, even in the face of difficulty or failure.”
Lori Myers

More than two million people died, four million were displaced and thousands fled civil war. However, through faith and perseverance, one “lost boy”, who later grew to become an American Airman, returned home healthier and happier than ever before.

Airman Magazine recently featured the story of Air Force Staff Sgt. Deng Pour who, as a young boy at the age of 5, lived through many …read more

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Tactical Serendipity: Is Randomness Part of Your Leadership Strategy?

By Angela Maiers

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Have you ever come across an idea, met a person, or found a valuable resource that was precisely what you needed at exactly that moment in time?

These simple “happy accidents” bring us surprise & joy. But more than that, they are essential to moving us forward as leaders & learners.

Serendipity powers the social web. Tools and technologies are being created every day to increase our chances of “bumping into” something or someone we aren’t expecting, but greatly need.

I have built a network of fascinating and generous people online. These “random collisions with unusual suspects,” as my friend Saul …read more

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A Daily Dose of Habitudes

By Angela Maiers

As I wrote last May, Classroom Habitudes, published in 2008, is more popular now than ever, with book studies popping up every week and entire districts and even states full of teachers reading the book.

To celebrate, we’ll be announcing an online course about the Habitudes next month, and we’ve launched this Facebook page that spotlights a different Habitude each day. It is curated by the remarkable teacher-in-training, Maggie Moran.

Click here to LIKE the Facebook page and enjoy Maggie’s work each day and to keep abreast of new developments relating to the teaching of Classroom …read more

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Reflection on #Choose2Matter: Each Student is a Masterpiece

By Angela Maiers

Two weeks ago we took Choose2Matter LIVE to the Estherville Lincoln Central School District in northwest Iowa. It was an incredible two days in a very special place, with remarkable, brave leaders and students who astounded me in so many ways.

Here is a reflection on the two days from Technology Integration Specialist Jenny Nichtals, who played an indispensable role in making the event a grand success.

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First and foremost I have to thank the leader of our district, Tara Paul for making this all a possibility.
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Jumping into Genius Hour — Guest Post by Tony Klein

By Angela Maiers

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In the midst of this frigid winter, my heart was warmed during a visit to Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District in northern Iowa. The teachers and administrators there are extremely passionate and are ready for change in the classroom. With the support of his colleagues, history teacher Tony Klein boldly made the leap to bring Genius Hour into his classroom! In this post, he shares his reasoning behind the decision and his vision for the journey. Stay tuned to Tony’s blog and follow him on Twitter @tklein11 for updates and …read more

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