Mar 182011
 

imageThe limits of each student’s background knowledge form a critical barrier to learning. Despite our best intentions to structure curriculum to build an education, brick by well-ordered brick, actual learning is a messy business. It is more like throwing mud at a wall, seeing what sticks, and then throwing again. Having related knowledge already already in place makes the learning process more effective.

Smart-You provides short nuggets of interesting knowledge. There is no attempt to map it into a concept-dependency structure. Each piece stands alone. It may introduce an advanced idea so that it simply sounds more familiar the next time. It may review and reinforce existing knowledge. It may inspire an independent desire to know more. and that’s an exciting target.

Consider using these resources during independent, prep, or self-directed time. Waiting for students to finish coming in before school starts? Offering a reward for early mastery? Creating a self-directed research station? Light fires of individual interest. Encourage students to “commit random acts of learning.”

As we grow up, one of the biggest hurdles is not “knowing what we don’t know” and not having someone to introduce us to new ideas and possibilities. We consider ourselves to be such caring mentors.

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Sep 222010
 

MLM Business Building

Introduction

This series is derived from the publication Better Business Building which I wrote in 1996 while doing business as “Health Education Library Publications.” It was targeted at distributors of Nature’s Sunshine Products (NSP), a multi-level marketing (MLM) [“Network Marketing” is now more politically correct] company. The product was formatted as a set of index cards which could be studied serially, browsed for ideas, or turned up one-each-day for inspiration.

Better Business Building was a lot of fun to write (and enthusiastically used and endorsed by several senior managers), but it is no longer in print. For this site, I have removed the company-specific information and reformatted the cards into topic articles.

Disclaimer

Some of the advice in these cards is contradictory or included just for humor. Some things work for some people but aren’t right for others. If something just doesn’t feel right to you, throw the card away or mark it up and put it in the back.

This guide is packed with clichés. Some people claim that clichés are trite and don’t always apply. Those critics are throwing out the baby with the bath water. I think clichés are the distilled wisdom of our culture. So it’s up to you; if the shoe fits, wear it; but if it’s not your ladder, don’t climb it. This guide is also packed with quotes. For instance:
“The words of truth are always paradoxical.”
-Lao Tzu

This information should help you generate ideas. But, YOU are the judge of the commitments that you accept and the choices that you make. Be warned – don’t start a business without deciding why you’re in it. Any business, especially one like this, can change your life.

Ideas for using this guide

These pages do not have to be kept sorted into any particular order. I figure that some people will want to reorganize them by type of idea while others will want to organize them by personal priority or how well they apply to individual situations. You will probably have an even better idea. But I numbered the cards just in case.

This is not a good book to read straight through. I suggest that you only read a little bit at a time. It’s more like a collection of poems than a novel. Scan it first to see what’s in it, read some of the pages that look interesting and then put it down for a little while. I hope that you’ll end up reading the whole thing but I’ve got a hunch that it will digest better in small bites, chewed carefully.

* You can search for ideas for distributors who are having trouble.
* Borrow ideas for your newsletters and business meetings.
* Clip the cards to a bicycle to make noise against the moving spokes.
* If you see a good idea, use it.

“I see the better way, and approve it; I follow the worse.”
Ovid

“When one happens on a book of this kind, he is well advised to throw it away.”
Shú-an

A philosophical disclaimer

Dear Friends,

Although I have drawn from many spiritual and secular sources for the ideas and quotes included in this card set, I hold the Bible as my distinct authority and guide. In fact, I hold the Bible in such high esteem that I have deliberately held back from citing it in many instances where I recognized its influence on my philosophy. It didn’t seem appropriate to apply scripture to the secular activity of selling supplements.

I am more comfortable trying to keep a gap between the nutritional work I do for profit and the spiritual counseling done on a “receive free/give free” basis. I suppose this work falls short to the extent that my faith affects my overall thinking and the everyday conduct of life. By writing books and selling information, I expose my philosophical core.

Please do not conclude that the things I have written belong to some economic, political or popular religious school of thought. Although it is obvious that I subscribe to an ethic of personal responsibility, I also recognize that “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” -1 Corinthians 3:19

Additional quotes of interest

“Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.”
-Herbert Otto

“Can it really be said that before the day of our pretentious science, humanity was composed solely of imbeciles and the superstitious?”
-R. A. Schwallerde Lubicz

“One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.”
-Joseph Campbell

“The heart has its reasons that the mind knows nothing of.”
-Blaise Pascal

“Without love the acquisition of knowledge only increases confusion and leads to self-destruction.”
-J. Krishnamurti

Commitment

Commitment means that progress occurs over time and that you need to stick with your goals in order to achieve them.

“Far away, there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
-Louisa May Alcott

Courage

“Moral courage and character go hand in hand – a man of real character is consistently courageous, being imbued with a basic integrity and a firm sense of principle.”
-Martha Boaz

Conscience

When you do what you know is right, you are at peace with yourself.

“Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe? Expediency asks the question, Is it politic? Vanity asks the question, Is it popular? But conscience asks the question, Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”
-Martin Luther

Spirituality

We should be aware of our spiritual need. Recognition of our relationship to our Creator keeps us balanced and secure. This respect and affection for the divine wisdom of our Creator makes us want to imitate His qualities and gives us appreciation for His creations.

Copyright 1996, 2010, David Satterlee

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License, which essentially says that you are free to share the work under the conditions that you attribute it fully, do not use it for commercial purposes, and do not alter it.

Dec 202009
 

By: Tom Rath and Barry Conchie

Source: Amazon.com

From the author of the long-running # 1 bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0 comes a landmark study of great leaders, teams, and the reasons why people follow.

Nearly a decade ago, Gallup unveiled the results of a landmark 30-year research project that ignited a global conversation on the topic of strengths. More than 3 million people have since taken Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment, which forms the core of several books on this topic, including the #1 international bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0.

In recent years, while continuing to learn more about strengths, Gallup scientists have also been examining decades of data on the topic of leadership. They studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted more than 20,000 in-depth interviews with leaders, and even interviewed more than 10,000 followers around the world to ask exactly why they followed the most important leader in their life.

In Strengths Based Leadership, #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath and renowned leadership consultant Barry Conchie reveal the results of this research. Based on their discoveries, the book identifies three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others’ strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.

 

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Strengths-Based Leadership
by: Tom Rath

As you read Strengths Based Leadership, you’ll hear firsthand accounts from some of the most successful organizational leaders in recent history, from the founder of Teach For America to the president of The Ritz-Carlton, as they discuss how their unique strengths have driven their success. Filled with novel research and actionable ideas, Strengths Based Leadership will give you a new road map for leading people toward a better future.

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StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths
by: Tom Rath

All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.
To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. In its latest national bestseller, StrengthsFinder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more (see below for details). While you can read this book in one sitting, you’ll use it as a reference for decades.
Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself — and the world around you — forever.

Dec 172009
 

Lecture: Yale: Paul Bloom: The Development of Thought

Lecture 5 – What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought

This lecture explores issues and ideas related to the branch of psychology known as cognitive development.

It begins with an introduction of Piaget who, interested in the emergence of knowledge in general, studied children and the way they learn about the world in order to formulate his theories of cognitive development.

This is followed by an introduction to the modern science of infant cognition.

Finally, the question of the relationship between and the existence of different kinds of development is addressed.

Watch it on Academic Earth

Lecture 5 – What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought

This lecture explores issues and ideas related to the branch of psychology known as cognitive development. It begins with an introduction of Piaget who, interested in the emergence of knowledge in general, studied children and the way they learn about the world in order to formulate his theories of cognitive development. This is followed by an introduction to the modern science of infant cognition. Finally, the question of the relationship between and the existence of different kinds of development is addressed.

Watch it on Academic Earth

Nov 192009
 

Source: integraldiagrams.info

IntegralDiagrams.info is a collection of conceptual diagrams related to the integral movement.

These diagrams have been created by people all over the web in order to explain the ideas of the AQAL & underlying holonic frameworks in theory and practice, as well as other non-AQAL integral frameworks.

IntegralDiagrams.info is a customised web application created and curated by Stephen Lark, and is a major upgrade of the Integral Diagrams project.

Cartography

Ecology

Economics

Healthcare

Library Science

Mathematics

Psychiatry

Psychology

Psychotherapy

Science

Software Development

Sustainability

Nov 192009
 

Source: integraldiagrams.info

IntegralDiagrams.info is a collection of conceptual diagrams related to the integral movement.

These diagrams have been created by people all over the web in order to explain the ideas of the AQAL & underlying holonic frameworks in theory and practice, as well as other non-AQAL integral frameworks.

IntegralDiagrams.info is a customised web application created and curated by Stephen Lark, and is a major upgrade of the Integral Diagrams project.

Art

Consulting

Education

Magick

Media

Open Space – Management – Organization – Decision-making

 

Nov 192009
 

Source: integraldiagrams.info

IntegralDiagrams.info is a collection of conceptual diagrams related to the integral movement.

These diagrams have been created by people all over the web in order to explain the ideas of the AQAL & underlying holonic frameworks in theory and practice, as well as other non-AQAL integral frameworks.

IntegralDiagrams.info is a customised web application created and curated by Stephen Lark, and is a major upgrade of the Integral Diagrams project.

Cartography

Ecology

Economics

Healthcare

Library Science

Mathematics

Psychiatry

Psychology

Psychotherapy

Science

Software Development

Sustainability

Nov 192009
 

Source: integraldiagrams.info

IntegralDiagrams.info is a collection of conceptual diagrams related to the integral movement.

These diagrams have been created by people all over the web in order to explain the ideas of the AQAL & underlying holonic frameworks in theory and practice, as well as other non-AQAL integral frameworks.

IntegralDiagrams.info is a customised web application created and curated by Stephen Lark, and is a major upgrade of the Integral Diagrams project.

Building

City

Community

Conspiracy Theory

Culture

International Development

Law

Leadership

Politics

Social Work

Nov 192009
 

Source: integraldiagrams.info

IntegralDiagrams.info is a collection of conceptual diagrams related to the integral movement.

These diagrams have been created by people all over the web in order to explain the ideas of the AQAL & underlying holonic frameworks in theory and practice, as well as other non-AQAL integral frameworks.

IntegralDiagrams.info is a customised web application created and curated by Stephen Lark, and is a major upgrade of the Integral Diagrams project.

Consciousness

ILP (Integral Life Practice)

Sex

TSK (time, space, knowledge)

 

Nov 192009
 

Source: integraldiagrams.info

IntegralDiagrams.info is a collection of conceptual diagrams related to the integral movement.

These diagrams have been created by people all over the web in order to explain the ideas of the AQAL & underlying holonic frameworks in theory and practice, as well as other non-AQAL integral frameworks.

IntegralDiagrams.info is a customised web application created and curated by Stephen Lark, and is a major upgrade of the Integral Diagrams project.

Buddhism

Chinese Religious Complex

Christianity

Hinduism

Islam

Jainism

Judaism

Sikhism