I recently trained a group of early childhood professionals on new standards designed to raise the quality of early childhood education. At the start of the session I asked the attendees why they thought lawmakers were enacting these new standards or rules and someone quickly shouted out, “to drive us crazy!” There was a knowing laugh among her colleagues, which led to a very passionate discussion about the divide between those who make the rules and those who are hired to follow them. Continue reading
The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
~ William James
I came across an article about a 10-year-old musical prodigy named Ethan Loch from Bonnybridge, Scotland. Ethan had been admitted to St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, and to go to school, Ethan would need to board a train and cross two main roads. The commute to school would be more challenging for Ethan than for most children his age. Why? You see, Ethan is blind. Ethan would have to master echolocation in order to go to school. Continue reading
So-and-so is goal oriented. So-and-so is results driven. We have heard those statements, often as compliments. So-and-so is detail oriented. So-and-so focuses on processes. We have also heard of those statements, often as criticism. The general wisdom is that focusing on the detail and the process comes at a cost of losing sight of the goal or not getting to a goal fast enough. Is that true?