How to Sell Your Weird Idea

In his latest Pinkcast, Dan Pink sits with Olga Khazan, a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World. In the interview, Olga talks about what it means to be weird, what the advantages are to being weird, and how such outsiders can advance … Continue reading How to Sell Your Weird Idea

A Day at the Beach!

I can't remember the last time we went an entire summer without going to the beach. The combination of COVID-19 and a revised teaching schedule made it a bit more challenging to plan a visit, but we were finally able to make it down the shore today, even though we missed summer by about five … Continue reading A Day at the Beach!

My Birthday Books

When my family asked me what I would like for my birthday this year, I thought about it for a couple of days and came up with the following: send me a book that you really enjoyed. Well, today was my birthday, and I'm happy to say my family came through with flying colors. Here … Continue reading My Birthday Books

Is Seth Godin Picking on Scrabble Players?

Here was Seth Godin's post from the other day: People who are very good at Scrabble are not more kind, better judges of character, more facile with soft skills, better long-term thinkers, more fun at parties or much of anything except good at Scrabble. (emphasis added) Of course we don’t decide on who should have … Continue reading Is Seth Godin Picking on Scrabble Players?

It Only Took 34 Years for Me to Be the “Cool” Teacher

It was the perfect storm. The weather was forecast to be perfect. Each student has their own portable chair. And I am getting closer and closer to the end of my teaching career. If it was ever going to happen, this seemed like the right time. So I did it. For the first time in … Continue reading It Only Took 34 Years for Me to Be the “Cool” Teacher

Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

Even though I might sometimes disagree with some of the items they publish, I love the WSJ. Check my blog; dozens of posts I have written over the past five years have been based on something I've read in the Journal. Just ask my students. It's usually how I start off each class, talking about … Continue reading Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

Reader’s Choice – Choose Your Own Adventure

I was browsing through the Study Finds web site, seeing if there might be something worth writing about, and I was just overwhelmed by the number of possible topics. So rather than pick one and offer my take on the study, I thought I would just share a few headlines and let you pick which … Continue reading Reader’s Choice – Choose Your Own Adventure

Now This Is My Idea of Productivity – Celebrating the Mundane

Reporter Leah Fessler had a story in this week's New York Times about how important it is to recognize our small wins and routine accomplishments, rather than just wait to celebrate when we have major breakthroughs. According to Teresa Amabile, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and co-author of The Progress Principle: … Continue reading Now This Is My Idea of Productivity – Celebrating the Mundane

My Name Is Borden. Quincy Borden…

Last week I wrote a post about how I find it annoying that when I sign my name as Jim at the end of an email, many people will write back with "Dear James". To me, it's a sign of lack of caring, a lack of paying attention to the details, and disrespect. I was … Continue reading My Name Is Borden. Quincy Borden…

My Name Is Borden. Jim Borden.

Odds are this is something that only bothers me, and I know it's kind of petty, but maybe it's something James Bond could relate to. Just like he could relate to my good looks. But anyway, I've got to get it off my chest because it happens somewhat frequently. My email address is james.borden and … Continue reading My Name Is Borden. Jim Borden.