Four Valuable Productivity Tips From My FitBit

My husband gave me a FitBit for Mother’s Day.  Some might think this is a rude gift……as if he’s telling me to exercise more or lose weight.  Actually, it’s exactly what I had been asking for.  I have a very sedentary job and was hopeful that this clever little Fitbit would be the motivation I needed to get more daily exercise. 

Getting Our Schools Focused On The Right Things

Education Week

The President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, was a speaker at a recent education conference that I attended. His summation of the state of educational discord in our country was right on point. He mentioned a few of the mantras of those who want to overhaul our public schools.

Improving Schools Through Design Thinking


Design thinking is a human-centered approach to problem solving that begins with developing empathy for those facing a particular challenge. It serves as a framework that helps to define problems, empathize with others, develop prototypes of possible solutions, and hone those prototypes through multiple iterations until they have generated a viable solution to the challenge at hand.

Link Between Employee Engagement and Retention

Many large scale studies have proven the connection between employee engagement and financial performance. The correlation is undeniable. If you are running your own business now, or just starting up a new company, do a little research on employee engagement. As Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines said, “There is one key to profitability and stability during either a boom or bust economy: employee morale.” As the saying goes, “the soft stuff brings hard results.” Are your employees engaged?

41 Most Innovative Schools in the U.S.

They are doing away with dusty chalkboards, heavy textbooks, one-sided lectures, and bells reminiscent of factory shift-change signals. Some have forgone traditional school buildings altogether.  In place of tried (but not always true) educational standbys, these schools are implementing visionary methodologies and challenging well-established notions about the very nature of primary and secondary education.

Control Your Attitude – Control Your Day

Choose your attitude

Today I woke up grumpy.  I didn’t sleep well and knew I had a long long day ahead.  I opened the refrigerator and saw low calorie orange juice.  Seriously?  Who bought that?  I felt even more grumpy.  Before long I had yelled at the dog, been snippy with my son, felt sorry for myself for a bit, and then thankfully stopped.  I was doing it again. 

Too Busy to Think

Creative Brainstorming

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic “right-brain” thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t. But what if you find yourself too busy to think?