It's known as the "curse of knowledge", a cognitive bias that occurs when an individual, communicating with other individuals, unknowingly assumes that the others have the background to understand. For example, in a classroom setting, teachers have difficulty teaching novices because they cannot put themselves in the position of the student. As a teacher, I have … Continue reading Music Monday: Can You Name That Tune? Most Likely Not
These twelve traits are in no particular order, although I would probably say the first one is the most important one for me: kindness wisdom humility collaborative fairness compassion honesty sense of humor enthusiasm creative peaceful sense of gratitude To me, character matters, a lot, in our leaders. I think it would be impossible to … Continue reading Twelve Traits I Look for in a President
It's one of the all-time great songs of summer, "Under the Boardwalk". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKmKezVBdOQ Now I have never personally experienced the romantic overtones suggested by the lyrics, but nonetheless, it's still one of my favorites because of all the other wonderful imagery contained in the lyrics. The song came back to me as I reading a … Continue reading Would You Rather Be Thrown “Under the Boardwalk” or “Under the Bus”?
There are lots of things to like about my job, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be watching my students transition from teenagers to professionals. There are a variety of paths that students choose upon graduation and in the years that follow - some work overseas, some perform a year or … Continue reading The Best Part of My Job
I was at a meeting today (yes, you can feel sorry for me) and since it was the first time for this committee to meet, we started off by introducing ourselves. In addition to our name, how long we have been at Villanova, and what we did, we were also asked to share the best … Continue reading It Only Took Me 34 Years to Realize This
It's been a while since I've taken an online personality test, but when I read Carlayn's outstanding post about her experience with the Enneagram test, I thought I would take it. Here is some background information about the test, from its web site: The Enneagram is a personality system that aims to reveal how emotions … Continue reading Meet Jim Borden, the Enthusiast (Seriously?)
In today's Pinkcast, Dan Pink interviews Christine Porath, a Georgetown University professor and author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace. In the interview, Porath shares a remarkably simple technique for deepening respect and promoting belongingness in any setting. In other words, how to be more civil and kind. Porath notes that civility is … Continue reading The 10-5 Rule for Civility
Was there anything better as a kid than plopping down in front of the TV with a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and singing along with the theme song of your favorite cartoon shows? I can hear some snickering, but I dare you to not sing along as you listen to a baker's dozen of some … Continue reading Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Cartoon Theme Songs
When I was growing up one of my favorite things to do was to work on brain teasers. My favorite type of puzzle was a logic puzzle, the kind where you have to do things like find the matching first and last names of five guys, what house they live in, what their favorite food … Continue reading Another Favorite Childhood Memory: Brain Teasers
I came up with the first part of the title for this post based on a case competition we had today for our students. When I said the name of the company to myself (Hot Chicken Takeover), the first thought that came to my mind was Nick Gilder's song, "Hot Child in the City", but … Continue reading Hot Chicken in the City. (Growing Wild and Sitting Pretty).