What Makes a Champion Teacher?

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Image Attribute / Source: Doug Lemov / guim.co.uk We all remember the best teachers we had at school (take a bow Peter Sampson & Doug Cameron from Lancaster Royal Grammar School). The best teachers make tremendous impacts on the lives of their students that extend far beyond the school yard. So what makes a great…

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Nirvana in Vitznau

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Image Sources: Park Hotel Vitznau / panoramio.com Am in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Lucerne Switzerland, speaking at the World Tourism Forum. Spring has sprung. The skies are cloudless, the lake clear and the Cherry Blossom is in full swing. Had the best dinner of 2015 so far last night at Focus, in…

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Speaking of I, Me, We

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An article on Nautilus provides a fascinating birds-eye view of how we use language to express ourselves, and in turn, the role it plays in the way we use it to express ourselves. Confused? The article starts by pointing out that the English language is highly egocentric, particularly when you compare it to language used…

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The Fixer

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A former All Black guilty of match fixing? Read John Daniell’s new novel The Fixer… published this month by Upstart Press. Mostly written ‘on location’ at Michael’s Nook, my Grasmere home. A brilliant way to warm up for The World Cup. KR

Connections – Quality Over Quantity

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Image Source: Erica Dhawan / twing.com / diversityconference.info In Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point he describes three types of people: Connectors, Mavens and Salesmen. ‘Connectors’ are people who connect other people together. ‘Mavens’ are people with information. ‘Salesmen’ are people with strong negotiation skills. The book was, and still is, credited with influencing how…

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77 New Lovemarks

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You know I love a list, right? We just refreshed www.lovemarks.com and it’s on “live test” right now, check it out. Already there has been a stream of new visitors from every corner of the world with new stories, many about brands you’ve never heard of before. Too often brands are thought of only in…

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Haiku on Demand

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No one travels Along this way but I, This autumn evening. – Bashō The haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry; a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. It’s a neat little package: often focusing on images from nature, the haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity and directness of expression. The…

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Have a Little Faith

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Trust increases with age, according to research, and we’re getting older on a population basis, meaning that the older world we live in is also a more trusting world. Considering there’s a positive link between trust and well-being, this can only be a good thing. It’s the main finding of a study from the University…

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Do More And Better With Less

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Nothing beats a creative idea, and in a high-speed world Jugaad (in short, an innovative fix) hits pay dirt as a way to win. A few years ago I wrote the foreword for the book Jugaad Innovation, and was only too happy to recently endorse the follow-up, now out, Frugal Innovation: How to do more…

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Personal Projects

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Image Source / Artist: ashley-spencer.com / Ashley Spencer Personal projects are part of the moral fiber that makes us unique. They provide evidence of creativity, personality and enthusiasm for truly personal interests. (I have 30 days per year contractually carved out from my day job at Saatchi & Saatchi for personal projects.) They’re also important…

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The Economic Value of Nature

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Insect pollination is reportedly valued at £136 billion a year. Michael McCarthy, in a recent article on The Independent, writes “Many aspects of the natural world are now being given real financial value, to represent the services they perform for us, the most obvious being the pollination of crops by insects.” McCarthy notes that these…

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Music on the Mind

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Cat Stevens’ ‘Father & Son’ comes to mind for me. I’m talking about music that evokes a genuine emotional response…that magic combination of rhythm, melody and lyrics; a universal language that allows people to feel things and communicate in ways that words often can’t. Music can be so powerful that those feelings can transcend time,…

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Lost in Gesticulation

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According to the BBC, there are around 7,000 different languages in the world. It comes as no surprise, then, that the gestures we so often use to accompany our spoken words don’t automatically translate. Sometimes they can even have the opposite intention, as pointed out by Bustle. Something as simple as the peace sign in…

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BMW or Merc?

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Image Source: slate.com / themominmemd.com I’ve known Leszek Marcinowicz for 55 years. A gifted linguist, an unappreciated goalkeeper and wicket-keeper, a brilliant father with a forgiving wife, and two off the wall multi-talented kids (Hannah, Saxophonist extraordinaire and Mr. Adventurer, Adam). He’s a TP HR Practitioner and a Coach to several CEO’s . I was…

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