Niccolò Machiavelli's Effective Truth
"In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow - and that is likely to hurt." ~ Wei Wu Wei "The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." ~ George Orwell Currently reading "The Prince" "Effective truth," a concept from Renaissance thinker Niccolò Machiavelli's writings, especially in "The Prince," focuses on the results of actions rather than their adherence to absolute truth or morality. Machiavelli believed leaders should prioritize pra...
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Political Debates With Many Assertions & No Evidence
"The assertion that 'all men are created equal' was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use." ~ Abraham Lincoln "I have always wanted to deal with everyone I meet candidly and honestly. If I have made any assertion not warranted by facts, and it is pointed out to me, I will withdraw it cheerfully." ~ Abraham Lincoln American politics will soon immerse everyone into the debate cycle with many asse...
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College Basketball ID Camp, A Dad & Son Talk
"No love is greater than that of a father for His son." ~ Dan Brown "The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them." ~ Confucius "All children need their fathers, but boys especially need fathers to teach them how to be men." ~ Dwyane Wade A conversation with my 16-year-old boy, grade 11, on the way to his college basketball identification camp tryout. Dad: My young man. You know what you have to do today. What is your goal today? Parke...
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A Cool Spring Saturday Morning of Songbirds
"Your head is a living forest full of songbirds." ~ e. e. cummings "Instead of weeping when a tragedy occurs in a songbird's life, it sings away its grief. I believe we could well follow the pattern of our feathered friends." ~ William Shakespeare "My grandmother told me once that when you lose somebody you think you've lost the whole world as well, but that's not the way things turn out in the end. Eventually, you pick yourself up and look out the window, and once you do you see everything t...
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25 Peace and Justice Initiatives in the United Nations - FIVE That Resonate With Me
The United Nations has numerous important initiatives aimed at promoting peace and justice worldwide. United Nations Peacekeeping Operations International Criminal Court (ICC) Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) United Nations Mediation Support Unit (MSU) United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) UN Women’s Peace and Security Agenda United Nations Alliance of Civilizati...
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Listen to Your Heart: How Intuition Makes You a Better Person
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." ~ Steve Jobs "To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man...
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Negative Capability
"I believe strongly in what John Keats called negative capability: the trait or practice that allows a poet to remain in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason. For Keats, William Shakespeare exemplified negative capability, and I do think it's extraordinary that for all the thousands of pages Shakespeare left behind, we really don't know much about Shakespeare's own personality or opinions." ~ James Arthur "it struck me what quality went to fo...
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Overcoming the Fear of Other People's Opinions
"Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice." ~ Steve Jobs "Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance." ~ Plato Here are some strategies to overcome the fear of other people's opinions and achieve personal growth and fulfillment. Knowing your core values and what truly matters to you is a compass. When you understand your principles and strategies for attaining your goals, other people's opinions become less relevant to your journey. Develop Resilien...
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Cutting Corners On Physical Products That Are Not High-tech & Non-computer Related Products
Cutting corners on non-high-tech, non-computer-related physical products for an organization can have drawbacks and, in some cases, minimal benefits.  Cheaper products are often made with lower-quality materials or with less attention to detail. This could lead to the need for earlier replacements, negating any initial savings. Additionally, flimsy materials or poor construction could pose safety hazards, potentially leading to injuries or accidents.  It's important to remember that a cheaper ...
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Multiple Perspectives For Selective Truths
"People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies." ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz "Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson "Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." ~ Marcus Aurelius "The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the tru...
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Which Groups of People Are the Most Discriminated and Marginalized in Canada?
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." ~ Nelson Mandela "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. "This is why the a...
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A Detailed Body Paragraph Outline for a Critical Analytical Response to Literature Essay
"A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out." ~ Virginia Woolf "In effect I am not a novelist, but rather a failed essayist who started to write novels because he didn't know how to write essays." ~ Jose Saramago "The essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything" ~ Aldous Huxley "An essay is a work of literary art which has a minimum of one anecdote and one unive...
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"Skin In The Game" Strategies Align With An Organization-Business Values & Mission Statement
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." ~ Peter Drucker "Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model." ~ Abdul Kalam "Be strong, but not rude; Be kind, but not weak; Be bold, but not bully; Be humble, but not timid; Be proud, but not arrogant." ~ Zig Ziglar Whenever I think about leaders, not managers, in medium—to large organizations and busi...
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Becoming More Aware of Our Bias May Encourage More Bias
"Human beings are poor examiners, subject to superstition, bias, prejudice, and a PROFOUND tendency to see what they want to see rather than what is really there." ~ M. Scott Peck "We can at least try to understand our own motives, passions, and prejudices, so as to be conscious of what we are doing when we apeal to those of others. This is very difficult, because our own prejudice and emotional bias always seems to us so rational." ~ T. S. Eliot "If a person is capable of rectifying his erro...
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To Achieve A Goal, One Must Have A Strategy
"Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there." ~ John P. Kotter "Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art." ~ Peter Drucker "The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do." ~ Michael Porter We all try to attain short-term and long-term goals of all sorts.  Informally and formally, planning and making dec...
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Sport Psychology Applied In Businesses & Organizations to Enhance The Workplace
"As one of the first researchers to concentrate on the various psychological determinants of human athletic performance... I found that these determinants were integral to more than just sports." ~ Michael Bar-Eli I've just completed an enlightening book by Michael Bar-Eli, Boost!: How the Psychology of Sports Can Enhance Your Performance in Management and Work. Below are my brief insights on how sports psychology can be applied in business or organizational settings to enhance the workp...
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Nike's Marketing is About Empathy
"A brand is something that has a clear-cut identity among consumers, which a company creates by sending out a clear, consistent message over a period of years until it achieves a critical mass of marketing." ~ Phil Knight "Now we understand that the most important thing we do is market the product. We've come around to saying that Nike is a marketing-oriented company, and the product is our most important marketing tool." ~ Phil Knight Brands need to connect with people on an emotional level...
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Machiavellian Traits of Individuals in an Organization
"All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer." ~ Niccolo Machiavelli "You know better than I that in a Republic talent is always suspect. A man attains an elevated position only when his mediocrity prevents him from being a threat to others. And for this reason a democracy is never gover...
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Asking Beautiful Questions Shapes A Beautiful Mind
"A beautiful question shifts the way we think about something and often sets in motion a process than can result in change. Entrepreneurs or at least the successful ones do a great job asking beautiful questions. They almost have no choice, their whole reason for being is to disrupt, innovate, solve a problem no one else is solving." ~ Warren Berger “The ability to ask beautiful questions, often in very unbeautiful moments, is one of the great disciplines of a human life. And a beautiful quest...
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Some Professionals Have A Parental Protection Instinct
The parental protection instinct, a fundamental aspect of certain professions, is an innate impulse that ensures the safety and welfare of clients. This combination of factors is a driving force for specific professionals, compelling them to protect their clients from harm. Here are some traits that are part of a parent's protective instincts: Certain professionals develop a heightened sensitivity to potential hazards in their clients' surroundings. With increased vigilance on possible threat...
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13 Practices or Strategies To Build Positive Self-confidence
Replace any negative self-talk that you engage in with positive affirmations that accurately reflect your true abilities and strengths. Understand and celebrate your slight progressions. Take on new challenges and try to master new areas. Focus your energy on what you can influence and how you can improve. Don't dwell on the past! Be kind to yourself. Everyone makes mistakes; view them as learning opportunities. Spend mindfulness time visualizing yourself achieving your goals. Surround yo...
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Signal Messenger As An Educational App
"Without encryption, you and I wouldn't be able to do our banking online. We wouldn't be able to buy things online, because your credit cards - they've probably been ripped off anyway, but they would be ripped off left and right every day if there wasn't encryption." ~ Tim Cook "It may be true that encryption makes certain investigations of crime more difficult. It can close down certain investigative techniques or make it harder to get access to certain kinds of electronic evidence. But it al...
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Meaningful Work Mondays
When I reflect on my late teens and seven years of university, I knew that soon I would be doing meaningful work. A truly fulfilling career provides financial support and offers a sense of purpose and meaning. It should allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in your work, knowing that you are positively impacting the world around you. Additionally, it should contribute to your overall well-being, providing a healthy work-life balance and a positive work environment. Ultimately,...
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An Uncalled For War In Ukraine vs Russia
"I never justify, sustain, or in any way or to any extent uphold this cruel, heartless, aimless unnecessary war." ~ Franklin Pierce "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity." ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower "It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. The War In Ukraine, While Devastating, Has Brought Only A Few Positive Outcomes The war, wh...
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Learned Incompetence = Learned Helplessness
"The problems of this world are so gigantic that some are paralysed by their own uncertainty. Courage and wisdom are needed to reach out above this sense of helplessness. Desire for vengeance against deeds of hatred offers no solution. An eye for an eye makes the world blind. If we wish to choose the other path, we will have to search for ways to break the spiral of animosity. To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the ...
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Compassionate Workplace Accountability
“Compassion without accountability gets you nowhere. Accountability without compassion gets you alienated.” ~Nate Regier “Compassionate leaders honor the complexity of human relationships, nurture authenticity and create common grounds for blooming great ideas of individuals.” ~Amit Ray “At the different stages of recognition, reflection, and redress, practicing compassion provides potentially world-saving opportunities which otherwise likely would not exist.” ~Aberjhani "Being held accounta...
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Am I Job Marketable With A College Business Education?
“Remember, it isn't the dreamers who have good lives- it's the doers. Remember also what I call the three P's of success: passion, planning, and perseverance.” ~Homer Hickam “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” ~John Maxwell “Have a dream. Have a passion. Know that there's no such thing as an overnight success.” ~Christiane Amanpour “No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success...
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Modern Laissez-faire Economics That Everyone Wants
Modern Laissez-Faire Economics Is An Approach That Supports Free-Market Capitalism This philosophy believes that prices and production should be determined by supply and demand without the government interfering. It emphasizes minimal government involvement in the economy, which means few business controls, limited regulation, and little direct government intervention. Laissez-faire also values personal initiative and the freedom for individuals to start and manage businesses with minimal gover...
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Randomness, Path Dependency, & Simple Heuristics
"Perhaps randomness is not merely an adequate description for complex causes that we cannot specify. Perhaps the world really works this way, and many events are uncaused in any conventional sense of the word. Perhaps our gut feeling that it cannot be so reflects only our hopes and prejudices, our desperate striving to make sense of a complex and confusing world, and not the ways of nature." ~ Stephen Jay Gould In Our Daily Lives, Small Changes Can Lead To Significant Consequences, Illustrati...
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Satisficing As A Decision-making Strategy
“Satisficing is one of the foundations of productive human behavior; it prevails when we don’t waste time on decisions that don’t matter, or more accurately, when we don’t waste time trying to find improvements that are not going to make a significant difference in our happiness or satisfaction.” ― Daniel J. Levitin, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload A Decision-making Strategy Satisficing is a decision-making strategy proposed by Herbert Simon as a pa...
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Smart Drones For Everyone
Think about programmed or AI drones that can recharge on power lines and seek out facial recognition individuals. Think of the possible consequences. AI assassination drones are here now. It is a different world now. ...
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Good Jobs = Good Careers = A Successful Life?
“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.” — Sundar Pichai My job/career journey has been one of fortune and resilience Born into poverty, I was raised by hard-working parents and grandparents working together to instill the value of perseverance and extreme resiliency in my siblings and I. Their collective efforts were always aimed at our betterment and a successful life. From those modest beginnings in subsidized housing, I dreamt of good ...
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Black Swan Concept with High School & College Education & Student Athletes
"The central idea in The Black Swan is that: rare events cannot be estimated from empirical observation since they are rare." ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb & "In economic life and history more generally, just about everything of consequence comes from black swans; ordinary events have paltry effects in the long term." ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb Nassim Nicholas Taleb introduced the concept of the Black Swan event, which describes unforeseen and rare events that have a significant impact and cat...
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Fragile, Resilient, Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG), & Anti-Fragility
“Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder Having worked as a coach, educator, and administrator, I have first-hand experience of the difficulties that students, parents, and staff can encounter. Therefore, I am always seeking ways to support and aid them. It is essential to me that everyone feels listened to and comprehended, and unders...
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Complexity of Living in a Social Media World
“The bad news is that the obsession with social media is almost certainly producing unhealthy side effects. Scientists have discovered that constant exposure to websites like Facebook and Twitter can alter the brain, affecting the ability to process emotions. It can also lead to restlessness, negative self-image, a decline in happiness, and in extreme cases, depression.” – Damon Zahariades. & “I feel social media can be very distracting, unhealthy, and harmful to one’s self-confidence. ...
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Dr. Taleb's concept of anti-fragility when referring to education & small businesses
Antifragility refers to systems that not only withstand stressors, shocks, and volatility but also thrive, improve and become more resilient because of them. Schools Schools can utilize hybrid online learning platforms like Google Classroom and MS Teams Assignments to maintain educational continuity during individual (student or teacher absences) or whole school disruptions. By treating schools as microcosms of society, students can be exposed to mini-challenges that prepare them for real-wor...
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Leveraging To Achieve Success
Your workforce is your most valuable asset. The knowledge and skills they have represent the fuel that drives the engine of business - and you can leverage that knowledge. Harvey Mackay Leverage can take various forms to achieve success, depending on goals, environment, and resources. Funds to Expand Financial leverage, when used effectively, can empower a company to hire new employees or open new branches, accelerating its progress and enabling it to achieve its goals with confidence and ...
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The Broken Window Economic Fallacy: Disasters, Vandalism, & Military Spending
One common economic fallacy is the belief that any economic activity, such as spending money to repair a broken window, automatically boosts the economy. This mindset fails to consider the hidden costs of repairs and that the money spent on repairs could have been used for potentially more productive investments. Here are three examples of how governments fall into the Broken Window Fallacy: Money Spent On Natural Disasters When a natural disaster occurs, there is usually a temporary increase...
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Grit, Fortitude, Endurance, Persistence, Adaptability, & Elasticity
I learned these qualities from my parents and grandparents because they faced a tremendous amount of challenges due to poverty, racism and discrimination because of their heritage, indigenous. Most importantly, I have taught these qualities to my two boys. To succeed at almost everything, overcoming challenges and achieving short-term and long-term goals is essential. Grit must have internal motivation; we need a strong passion for and commitment to a particular goal to achieve it despite obst...
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Healing Generational Trauma Through Journaling
Generational trauma refers to emotional and psychological wounds that are passed down from one generation to the next Generational Trauma Linked To War, Genocide, Colonization, Discrimination, Poverty I tend to see generational trauma in individuals who have undergone war, genocide, colonization, discrimination, poverty, or other forms of systemic oppression and violence. As a result, generational trauma impacts descendants, influencing their mental health, behaviour, relationships, and overal...
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High Schools Can Learn From The Asynchronous Coursera
Flexibility, Accessibility, & Interactivity In Its Asynchronous Learning Coursera prioritizes flexibility, accessibility, and interactivity in its asynchronous learning structure, allowing learners to engage with course materials at their own pace and according to their preferences. Asynchronous Lectures, Assignments, Quizzes, Exams, & Interactions High schools can adopt a similar, easy-to-use structure, following a structured curriculum that includes asynchronous lectures, assignment...
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The 1-3-1 Framework Strategy to Problem Solving & Decision Making
“Because there are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, the third is useless.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince I think in small structured steps or frameworks when problem-solving.  The 1-3-1 framework is one of my favourite strategies for problem-solving and decision-making.  It's a si...
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The Monday Blues... & After Work...
"So. Monday. We meet again. We will never be friends — but maybe we can move past our mutual enmity toward a more-positive partnership" – Julio Alexi Genao Mondays can feel tough after work After a relaxing or a busy weekend, it can be challenging to get back into the groove of work. Productive time management and planning the pile of tasks waiting after the weekend, making it feel overwhelming. We transition from a more relaxed weekend mindset to a more structured work routine. At times ...
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Grit, Positive Attitude, Marginal Gains, Double Loop Learning for Basketball Student-Athletes
Grit, Positive Attitude & Marginal Gains Grit and a positive attitude are crucial factors in achieving excellence in basketball. Grit means overcoming limitations and setbacks, persisting despite adversity, and constantly striving to improve by 1% each day through collecting marginal gains. It means refusing to give up and gathering extra effort when feeling drained. Double-loop Learning Double-loop learning is a crucial principle that goes hand in hand with grit. It focuses on reflecting...
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Opioid Crisis = Housing Crisis
Lack of Stable & Affordable Housing The lack of stable and affordable housing in urban centres of Canada can lead to several related issues that contribute to substance abuse. Economic stress resulting from housing instability can make individuals more susceptible to turning to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. Hopelessness & Despair Moreover, the inability to afford housing can lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair, further worsening substance abuse problems. Homelessne...
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Politics In High School Basketball
When a volunteer high school basketball coach plays politics... The coach has his negative biases, discriminations, and personal agendas. Such coaches showcasing favouritism over factors like merit, skill development, and fair competition breed whole team negativity and lack of trust in the coaches and in the basketball program. The best and most skilled players feel: sidelined undervalued unfairly treated Negatively affect morale Reduce or destroy motivation When a player is an elite har...
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Teams In Organizations
Teams Achieve Better Outcomes Teams are a big deal in organizations for many reasons. They bring us together with different skills, knowledge, and expertise, which makes problem-solving and decision-making much more effective. When we support each other's strengths and compensate for weaknesses, we can achieve better outcomes than doing it alone. More Productive Plus, teams are more productive because they assign us tasks based on our strengths. This way, the work is completed faster and wit...
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R&D Challenges In Education
Educators' Resistance A number of significant challenges need to be addressed in research and development within the field of education. Allocating funds for studies, equipment, and personnel often diverts resources from other crucial educational areas, posing a financial challenge. However, advancements in teaching and learning hold immense potential to accelerate the adoption of innovative practices despite educators' resistance to embracing new methodologies or technologies developed throu...
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Thucydides's Trap: W5
Thucydides's trap is a geopolitical theory based on an inevitable conflict due to competition and power dominance. Who? Which countries? USA & alliances/allies China & alliances/allies Why would this occur? Power Shifts Competition for Resources Security Dilemma such as arms race Nationalism and Identity historical grievances Ideological Differences liberal democracies and authoritarian regimes influence/values Historical Precedents maybe a self-fulfilling prophecy Where would t...
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Playing The Game: Political Savvy
I was reflecting on some of Peter Drucker's books. It is crucial to recognize and understand organizational politics within structures. Organizations and businesses are made up of individuals with objectives and spheres of influence. Your success largely relies on identifying and engaging with key decision-makers, understanding their goals, and finding ways to align them with yours. Effectively impacting organizational settings is a skill that can be learned. It involves strategies such as act...
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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Such an outstanding read. 12 really well-thought-out points or rules in life that we all live through. These 12 rules are: Be confident in yourself. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping. Make friends with people who want the best for you. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to someone else. Take ownership in parenting your children; invest in them. Be honest and self-critical before you criticize the world. Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient...
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Can Deliberate Practice of 100 Hours Transform An Individual?
Over the next 365 days, I've dedicated 20 minutes daily to riding the Airdyne bike, often called "The Misery Bike" by some.  High-intensity Interval Trainer What sets this machine apart is its fluid motion and steady, fan-based resistance, making it a low-impact cardio workout. As a total body machine, Airdyne bikes are challenging, intense, and painful, and they build willpower. Rather than viewing it solely as a cardio machine, I perceive Airdyne bikes more as high-intensity interval train...
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Toxic Workplaces
I just read an outstanding article from The Walrus Magazine, "Are Workplaces Inherently Toxic? Bullying. Harassment. Horrible bosses. How dream jobs turn into nightmares," by Samia Madwar. Here are some critical takes: Harmful Mental & Physical Well-being Toxic workplaces can be incredibly harmful environments where employees face high levels of stress, negativity, and dysfunction, affecting their mental and physical well-being. Poor Communication This toxicity often stems from poor ...
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From 20-50 to 100 to 1000 to 10,000 Hours of Elite High School Student-Athlete Training
Over the years in a dedicated sport, the hours add up if a student-athlete continues within the chosen sport: 20-50 hours of training/practicing/game play = ages 7-11 100s of hours of training/practicing/game play = ages 11-14 1000-10,000 hours of training/practicing/game play by ages 14-19 As research shows from the work of psychologist Anders Ericsson and author Malcolm Gladwell, high school student-athlete development of basketball skills, such student-athletes can become elite in their s...
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10,000+ Hours of Training Midrange Basketball Shooting
10,000 hours to master mid-range shooting in basketball, a goal that could potentially bring great rewards, requires a significant investment of time. This is where Malcolm Gladwell's concept, popularized in his book 'Outliers,' comes into play. It suggests that deliberate training, when applied consistently over a long period, can lead to mastery in any field, including basketball. Reinforce Muscle Memory I structure extensive daily training for my boy, Parker, which requires setting clear go...
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Disruptive Innovations Transforming High School & College Education for Students
This book is a wonderful, insightful read. It made me think about how the education sector, especially high school and college/university, will need to innovate or face many disruptive innovators' dilemmas. Educational Disruptive Innovation High schools and colleges have the potential to revolutionize education through disruptive innovation. By focusing on simplicity, affordability, and accessibility, these institutions can make education more inclusive and reach the underserved or marginal...
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"Living THE Dream" Sarcastically
Thinking back on many years living in government housing in Abbotsfield, I realize these were tough socioeconomic times. We lived an impoverished existence, just trying to eat and survive. "Living a dream" has the opposite meaning of "Living THE Dream." For some individuals, saying they are "Living THE Dream" typically implies experiencing an unfulfilling or unexciting lifestyle, often involving doing something uninspiring. These individuals are not satisfied or optimistic. Teaching and coac...
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Canadian Public Funded Health Care: A Disaster
In Canada, more than 30% of the healthcare system is privatized, with provincial and federal governments gradually allowing American healthcare companies to enter the market. However, despite having a universal healthcare system, Canada faces significant challenges. According to a study comparing 30 countries with universal healthcare, Canada ranked poorly in several key areas. It ranked 28th for the number of doctors, 23rd for somatic care beds, and 23rd for psychiatric beds. Additionally, in...
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How to Create Sticky Ideas
To ensure that ideas stick, they need to possess two essential qualities that resonate with people, prompting them to eagerly share these concepts with others. Simplifying complex concepts into a simple statement makes ideas more attainable and coherent. Appealing to Our Natural Curiosity Journalist authors, such as Malcolm Gladwell, craft captivating book titles to provide the idea that receives the attention it deserves. When presenting sticky ideas unexpectedly, they capture our attention...
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A Beefed-Up Quantum-Proof Signal Messenger App for Journalists & Individuals Requiring Privacy
Now, Signal Messenger is considered the gold standard for private, secure, and encrypted messaging. In today's world, journalists are at risk of being killed for exposing the truth and challenging certain governments. Therefore, it is crucial for them to use the best encryption messaging systems to share their findings with the public. In 2023, approximately 45 journalists were killed for these reasons. Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international non-profit organization, recommends that ...
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Meta & Facebook Engineers 'Figure Out' Snapchat's Encryption
There's a simple reason why people have been asking for encryption on their mobile and computer devices for the past 15 years. The public wants privacy from governments, companies, and organizations. I have yet to meet one person who does not mind any of those three organizations prying into a person's personal or social life via their mobile device or computer device. In the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, people were shocked to find out that specific government organizations and police services wer...
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The Impact of Debates on Decision-making in a Democracy
In general, a debate occurs when people discuss different ideas and try to convince others that their ideas are right. It usually happens between two or more groups that disagree on topics/issues. Each group gives reasons why it's correct and responds to the other side's points. A Form of Civic Participation Debates serve as a form of civic participation in a modern liberal democracy by encouraging critical thinking, exchanging diverse ideas, and building informed decision-making. Debates advo...
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Emotional Labour is Learning To Build Resiliency During Practice
Some ideas of creativity that I got from Seth Godin's books:  The Practice - Shipping Creative Work The Dip - A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit and When to Stick The change you seek to make, are you to make a contribution, or are you here to take something? Are you here to do what you are told, or are you here to question how to make things different for the better? Are we going to wake up in the morning and think about how we are going to make a higher net profit on the stoc...
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Technological Unemployment or The Legal Profession Leveraging Ai
Economists call technological unemployment—joblessness caused by automation, robotics, and generative artificial intelligence, which are becoming more prevalent, cheaper, and efficient in all industries. Employees in all industries will face the following: Rate of adoption Nature of the tasks being automated Ability of workers to adapt Employee re-education and re-skilling The legal profession is leveraging AI, which will provide insights and ideas on how to use AI in all industries. Her...
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NCAA March Madness Basketball
Men's college D1 basketball UConn Huskies (32-3) remain the favourites to win the NCAA March Madness National Championship. One team I hope will upset UConn in the final is my cousin's alma mater—the powerhouse Indiana team, the Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue has a top-ranked senior center, Zach Edey (7.4ft. Canadian), who is #1 in points and #3 in rebounds and is a definite first-round pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Purdue also has an outstanding sophomore point guard, Braden Smith. In hi...
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Movies Showcasing Unethical Social Engineering Within The Criminal Justice System
Thrilling movies often captivate viewers with plots involving unethical use of social engineering by law enforcement. Real-world Issues Surrounding Justice We find ourselves on the edge of our seats, hoping for the protagonist to outsmart the "bad guy," who happens to wear a badge. These narratives show the dark side of policing, where individuals abuse their power to manipulate evidence, target specific individuals, and bypass legal safeguards. While these scenarios make for gripping entert...
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Capitalist Societies Inequalities Based on Ternary Societies
Ternary societies, specifically European clergy, nobility, and commoners, spread the groundwork for contemporary capitalist societies and the current inequalities. Wealth Divide While these structures have developed, discrepancies continue in today's capitalist societies. Capital remains heavily concentrated, with a small fraction of the population controlling excessive resources, creating a wealth divide seen in historical nobility. Inherited Privilege Likewise, inherited privilege conti...
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Social Engineering - Tech Scammers
You're surfing the internet and checking your emails, and suddenly, you receive a message claiming to be from your bank, requesting your login details to 'verify your account.' You might think it's legitimate, but be smart! Scammers like to fake a trusted company. This is an example of phishing, where they trick you into giving up personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers. Another fake tactic is pretexting. Scammers pose as friendly tech support agents or bank represent...
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Perspective Conversations
Sometimes, discussing with individuals with a different perspective than ours can feel like hitting a brick wall. However, if we work towards achieving a common goal, we can have productive conversations even in the most challenging circumstances. Instead of competing against each other, let's find common ground and collaborate. We can achieve success when we focus on the things we share or the goals we both care about. Those conversations that initially seemed impossible can be transformed i...
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"Talking Behind Someone's Back"
No one wants to be the target of some gossip. Talking behind someone's back... negative undermines reputations causes harm erodes trust damages relationships spreads rumors spread false information without the person's knowledge or consent deceitful behaviour treacherous behaviour betrayal undermining confidence secretive unexpected manner sabotaging efforts manipulation gaslighting passive aggressive behavior undermines self-esteem creates a toxic hostile environment exploiting vulnerabilit...
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Essence of Sustainable Teaching
Imagine a classroom where teachers and students flourish like canola in a well-tended Alberta prairie field, each yielding a plentiful harvest of knowledge and growth rooted in strength and resiliency.  Sustainable teaching focuses on long-term effectiveness and success. Teachers thrive. Students grow.  It's about creating a balance that prevents teacher and student burnout. Cultivates interdisciplinary learning. Building an understanding and knowledge of real-world problems with diverse ...
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Negative Effects of an Informal Economy on G7 Economies
As noted in the previous blog post, informal economies can help a certain number of people within a developing nation or an economy in transition. However, a large informal economy can hamper and disrupt government policies and regulations. In fact, all four industries within an advanced economy—primary (extraction and agriculture), Secondary (manufacturing and construction), Tertiary (services like healthcare and education), and quaternary (knowledge and information sectors)—can be destabili...
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Benefits Of The Informal Economy
Numerous benefits exist in the informal economy... A shadow economy assists individuals who are unemployed in the formal job market, offering employment opportunities to marginalized or less-skilled workers who might otherwise struggle to find formal jobs. Many of these "under the table" jobs are flexible, helping individuals with busy family or college life schedules and accommodating working hours and arrangements. A subsistence economy encourages entrepreneurship by simplifying the proce...
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Blockchain Transforming Humanitarian Aid
Blockchain technology has tremendous potential to transform humanitarian aid efforts by revolutionizing healthcare access and data management, supporting educational initiatives for displaced populations, empowering individuals through microfinance, and protecting human rights. Improve Education & Healthcare Access For instance, some NGOs use blockchain to improve healthcare access in refugee camps by securely managing medical records and coordinating medical attention. Educational organi...
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Blockchain - Trust, Plus Transparency & Accountability
A revolutionary ledger system... A fancy record-keeping system... These records are copied throughout the nodes/computers throughout the world. These records are highly encrypted, with only the two parties having the keys. After the information or record is recorded, it cannot be changed. Therefore, there is a trust component, plus transparency and accountability. Blockchains can be decentralized - peer-to-peer networks. Blockchain smart contracts - no middleman/middle person Here are ju...
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A Weapon Assault by Dog & Bear Spray
Why are youth and young adults using dog/bear spray on other people? I noticed that many young people use dog or bear spray on others. This is primarily due to acts of aggression toward an individual or a group. The reasons behind such behaviour vary from peer pressure, thrill-seeking, or malicious intent. Some people might consider it a prank, while others do it to assert their dominance in confrontational situations. However, this kind of behaviour is viewed as an act of intimidation, harassm...
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Trades to a BBA Degree Management Concentration
Such a fantastic opportunity for hardworking people in the trades professions...  Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Polytechnic - Trades to Degrees Pathway offers a custom education to trade professionals. This program allows trades professionals to enter the third year of a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program with a Management Concentration. The pathway allows trade professionals to use their expertise and work experience in the following careers: Operations Manager Proj...
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Change For A Positive Resilient Growth Mindset Individual
Just some ideas that come to mind... A school-based leader with a vision, servant leadership style, and a positive, resilient growth mindset is positive in the face of change. They see every challenge as a chance to grow and innovate.  They're always learning and finding positive, creative solutions to any roadblocks. To create an atmosphere that's all about support and teamwork. They create a supportive atmosphere where everyone feels encouraged to work together and talk openly. Encour...
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20,000 Hours = A Master Craftsman
Malcolm Gladwell's concept of 10,000 hours is often associated with mastery of a particular skill or field. Dedicated Practice, Repetition, Proper Form Over five years of dedicated practice, repetition, proper form, and efficiency make completing a specific skill easy. Your hand-eye neurological coordination becomes more accessible and quicker. Eventually, an individual masters a particular skill, completes a task or creates a product or a service. 20,000 Hours or Over 12 Years Becoming a m...
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Entrepreneurship versus Apprenticeship
Entrepreneurship is like starting an exciting journey where you find, create, and run your own business. Apprenticeship is like a hands-on education adventure where you learn by doing and follow a structured program to master specific skills in a particular career or industry. Entrepreneurs sometimes have new ideas and take a financial risk to explore opportunities in a specific niche market. An apprentice, your mentor, a master or journeyman within the skilled career, guides you through rea...
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Successful Individuals
Understanding the bigger picture is crucial because it helps us to become more empathetic and caring towards others. It's about looking beyond our perspectives and considering what matters to those around us. Real success requires leaving behind daydreams and embracing realistic thinking. This means setting attainable goals and making plans to reach them, which is needed for personal success and leadership with a positive growth mindset. Creativity is an essential quality in any profession. It...
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Economics of Satisfaction: Using Utility Theory in Education
Utility theory is an economic concept that helps us to know how people make decisions based on their preferences and desires. Think of it as a Swiss army knife for determining what brings individuals satisfaction or happiness in their choices. In simple terms, it's the idea that when we decide between different options—choosing what course to take, what college to choose, or which career path to take, we're trying to maximize our overall well-being. Rationally, we weigh the pros and cons of eac...
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A Team’s Main Motivator Is Empathy
Being empathetic at work is super important because it helps everyone do better. When a manager is understanding and caring, it makes a big difference to the team's success. Good, empathetic managers usually make intelligent choices, give helpful advice, and connect well with their team. Work Closely With Colleagues Learning empathy is like stepping into your team's shoes every day. By working closely with them, I see firsthand what they deal with, like challenges communicating between departm...
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Negativity
Negativity is a fundamental aspect of human behaviour, developed initially as a survival mechanism. Nevertheless, the fast changes in contemporary society have intensified the experience of negative emotions. Negative People & Media Engaging with others who are negative can magnify negative feelings, as social settings often transform into stress-inducing environments. Additionally, traditional media, such as news sources and social media platforms, contribute to this negativity by placing...
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Here's 10 Major Themes In Aboriginal Studies 30 To Improve Society
The specific outcomes from Alberta's grade 12 Aboriginal Studies 30 Program of Studies curriculum cover 10 significant themes. Oral Tradition and History Transmission Treaties and Agreements Land Rights and Ownership Self-Government and Constitutional Recognition Land Claims and Treaties Métis Rights and Settlements Urbanization and Migration Cultural Governance and Leadership Media Representation and Stereotypes International Indigenous Issues These themes reflect how diverse and complex th...
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A Career That Is Linked To Working With Computers
A client told me she was looking for a career that involved computer work. I asked her if she could be more specific, and she mentioned that she's not technically skilled to a high degree, meaning that she is not a computer programmer, but she can basically do almost anything else except programming. I shook my head in disbelief and told her that narrows the career choices to hundreds if not thousands of possibilities. People need to understand that computers are so pervasive in society and...
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The Simplicity of "It Is What It Is"
A somewhat common idiom or colloquial phrase of cannot be changed. Even though this idiom was used in a few Seinfeld episodes, this English phrase dates all the way back to 1949 in a Nebraska journal. However, the same term was used in another language and culture in 13th century Persia, the Islamic scholar and theologian Rumi titled one of his books this phrase. In today's business situations, we use this term in various ways. Our budget is limited; it is what it is. Let's work within thes...
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Canada's 148 Overwintering Wildfires
Canada is home to approximately 9% of the world's forest, mainly boreal. However, Canada has the most significant terrestrial carbon in the world, deep within the soil of these boreal forests. 8,000 Forest Fires Yearly One of the most common issues Canadians face is forest wildfires. Canada usually has approximately 8,000 forest fires yearly that ravage millions of hectares. Zombie Forest Fires Very few people know that overwintering wildfires continue to rage on, usually underneath the sno...
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Analysis Paralysis
There are several professions in which individuals require frequent high stake decision-making involving timelines, complex projects, investing decisions, financial risks, problem-solving critical design flaws, product launches, marketing strategies, diagnosing complex cases and treatment plans, data interpretation to create new technologies, strategizing legal cases, and campaign strategies. Stressful Professions marketing and advertising managers lawyers and paralegals research and developm...
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War is A Booming Business for North Korea's Military Industry
As war wages on in Ukraine and most of the NATO countries are becoming war fatigued, many of the munition factories in North Korea are humming along 24 hours, 7 days a week, producing millions of artillery shells for Russia.  10,000 Containers Since September 2023, North Korea has shipped approximately 10,000 containers of 122mm and 152mm artillery shells. In turn, Russia has shipped approximately 9000 containers filled with food, medical supplies, and a diversity of technology supplies to Nor...
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Cuba's All-Inclusive Holiday During A Food Shortage, Hyper Inflation, Electricity & Internet Blackouts
My son just got back from his all-inclusive resort holiday in Cuba. They went to a brand-new 4 or 5 star resort. Unfortunately, they experienced children begging for food and resort workers warming up canned beans and canned chicken at the all-you-can-eat-drink resort. For 2 weeks, they had to leave the resort to seek food and toiletries. No businesses wanted Cuban pesos; they only wanted US dollars. A meal for two - a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, a skinny grilled bread with cheese but not ...
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Synergy vs. Silo Mentality: Key Differences for Leaders
Synergy is the harmonious integration of diverse strengths within a group, generates collective creativity and productivity, establishes a culture of respect, and encourages collaboration and innovation.  Silo Mentality Several factors can undermine and destroy synergy within a group, team, organization's branch, or company. Here are some silo actions that negatively impact synergy: Team members doubt each other's intentions, capabilities and ideas; needs to be more trust erodes open communi...
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Parker's Off-Season Basketball Training - Mamba Mentality
My 16-year-old boy - Parker, started playing basketball when he was 8. He started playing with his older brother, who is 5 years older than him. His older brother eventually played college ball. My two boys are highly competitive, more competitive than their mother or father. Parker has always wanted to become the best basketball player in this family, and he has a dream/goal of playing college ball, too. Parker understands that he needs to grow mentally and physically as a student-athlete. He ...
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The Transparency & Accountability Paradox: Exploring Hidden Pitfalls & Manipulation
Transparency and accountability refer to the openness and accessibility of organizational information. These two terms also go hand in hand with the responsibility for actions within a company or organization that promote trust and integrity when it comes to policies within companies and businesses and leadership within an organization. Be aware of individuals in an organization or business that have some managerial power and use the following pitfalls against their co-workers: Over the years,...
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Nvidia's Stock
I'm still quite surprised that a computer chip company, mainly a graphic computer chip company, is now using their chips for AI; Nvidia stock has skyrocketed into the trillions of dollars, and actually, their stock is just as high or maybe even worth more than the Canadian economy! Now, Apple and Google are positioning themselves to make their own AI chips. My question is, do we have enough raw materials - silicon, tantalum, palladium, copper, boron, cobalt, and tungsten, mainly from Africa a...
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Gigonomics: The Economics & Psychology of the Gig Worker
So what is a "Gig Economy?"  It is a labour market of short-term, flexible jobs, often promoted or posted by companies, employment websites, or cell phone apps. Flexibility & Cost-effectiveness These skilled individuals typically work as freelancers, independent contractors, consultants, or part-time workers, taking on projects rather than traditional, long-term employment. For businesses, gig work creates labour market flexibility and cost-effectiveness, as companies can use a flexible w...
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15 Benefits of Choosing Open Studies for Your College or University Education
Open Studies is a flexible and less structured way to start post-secondary education. Students can choose courses from various disciplines without selecting a diploma or degree program.  It provides students with the opportunity to explore different subjects. Students can gain writing or mathematical skills at the post-secondary level. Adults can gain specific educational qualifications in Open Studies that they did not acquire in high school. Open Studies allow for a more interdisciplinary an...
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We Are Living In An Artificial Intelligence (Ai) Revolution
We live in an artificial intelligence (AI) revolution, shaping businesses and contributing an estimated $14 trillion to the global economy over the next decade.  Ai Can Handle Massive Data While AI excels in management, handling data and automating routine tasks, it fails in leadership qualities that involve charisma, vision, and the ability to inspire people. In the financial sector, AI excels in tasks like stock market analysis, background checks, and number crunching within databases and sp...
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Fixed Mindsets... Growth Mindsets... Perseverance... Grit... Flow...
There are a tremendous amount of complexities children experience, and these experiences have a profound impact on future success.  Overcoming Trauma Traumatic events during childhood, noted by elevated ACE scores (tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other adverse childhood experiences), align with behavioural and health challenges that continue into adulthood. As we all know, trauma can negatively affect a generation; however, the importance of a nurturing and attentive parenting ...
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Living Longer, Healthier, Happier Lives
Pursuing a longer, healthier life all starts with embracing exercise as a lifestyle — cardio, weightlifting/strength training, or preferably a mix of both. Dr. Peter Attia's research indicates the importance of fitness, showing that fit individuals have the lowest mortality rates, even outdoing smoking-related risks. Surprisingly, Attia explains that strength training isn't just for the young; it is crucial for bone cell regeneration for individuals over 50 years of age! Moreover, strength train...
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3:1 Positivity Ratio - 3 Positive Experiences For Every Negative 1
The 3:1 positivity ratio, researched by psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, maintains that there needs to be a balance of three positive experiences for every negative one for you to enhance your well-being, to be happier, and have a high chance of experiencing success in life. Build On Resilience Research indicates positive outcomes due to psychological benefits, shaping a positive life attitude because there are more positive experiences in a person's life compared to only 1/3 or less negativ...
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Creativity Is Not Born, It's Developed
Creativity isn't just for a select few. Creativity Is Nurtured Creativity is a skill anyone can develop. Despite the myth that creativity is inherited, it's more about nurturing our creative spirit. We can spark creative ideas by combining seemingly unrelated ideas and reframing problems. The creative process often involves persistent questioning and numerous attempts and failures. A case in point: Edison and thousands of writers attempted and failed hundreds of times until they successfully a...
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Building Resiliency
Resilience encompasses a variety of strengths, such as determination, confidence, and compassion, which empower individuals to cross over to difficult times, manage stress, and pursue opportunities with conviction. Foundation of Mental Well-being Resiliency is the foundation of mental well-being, fostering happiness and inner peace by preparing us to withstand adversity and recover from setbacks effectively. Developing resilience involves using our minds, reshaping thought patterns, and foste...
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Adaptability Is Essential To Succeed
Adaptability is essential for life's unpredictable twists and turns. It's about being open to change and adjusting when things don't go as planned, sometimes with great disappointment. Life is a journey of surprises, and adaptability is our life hack for future success. Live through unexpected challenges with a positive mindset. Adaptability is not coping. Adaptability is about thriving in the face of extreme challenges. When we encounter new experiences, staying open-minded and living th...
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Reading About Supply Chain Management & Logistics
I'm reading a few books on supply chain management and logistics related to Amazon, Walmart, and FedEx. Highly Technical & Logistical These companies are the largest online shopping network in the Western world, coordinating a fantastic, highly advanced technical and logistical delivery of products from global production facilities to our doorsteps. These companies are by far the most advanced in coordinating and managing their supply chain with multiple second, third, and fourth nodes; ju...
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Alberta Computers for Schools (ACFS)
I am a strong proponent of free access to computer technology for families, students, and individuals in need due to their socioeconomic status or economic situation of need. For over 15 years, I have sought out and delivered refurbished computers with Linux operating systems for families and individuals. This is the non-profit organization that I have always gone to to support such communities in need. Alberta Computers for Schools (ACFS) A non-profit collaborative model involving the Alber...
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For Some People, Work Can Bring On A Bit Of Anxiety
Now, when it comes to figuring out anxiety, the criteria for diagnosing it seem to be constantly changing. It's kind of like a moving target. And get this, a little bit of conflict within a team? Surprisingly, it's actually needed for the team to do well and be super productive. Guess what's in charge when it comes to anxiety? Our survival brains take the wheel! But don't worry, that's totally normal. Leaders should have courageous talks about discrimination and bias, even if it makes them anx...
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Great OS Designs - Blending Visceral, Behavioral, and Reflective Levels
macOS visually boasts clean lines, smooth animations, and impressive clean icons and graphics designed for visual appeal (eye candy) and recognition, creating an emotional connection for users. Intuitive navigation with a centred dock of apps and consistent interface creates ease of usability, while optimized fast performance reinforces stability. Reflectively, macOS Apple's brand identity has a strong loyalty due to user satisfaction with ease of use and integration. Customizable features like ...
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Motivation Is Needed For Discipline To Work
Success is more than just reaching those lofty goals; it's about enjoying the journey and celebrating the small victories. Manageable Steps Take a moment to break down your goals into manageable steps, creating a daily routine that fuels your motivation and allows you to enjoy rewards regularly. Remember, success is a dynamic process. As you shape your goals, consider multiple ambitions/goals, becoming a serial achiever. Having a mentor professional in your field will provide valuable insight...
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Discipline Is Needed For Success
Success depends on discipline. Conscious Choices & Deliberate Thinking There's usually a series of conscious choices and deliberate thinking through distractions that could derail progress. To become an outlier, a person has to have an extraordinary degree of discipline. Picture an elite athlete, a high school basketball player wanting to play at the college level. 10,000-Hour Rule Most coaches understand the 10,000-hour rule, meticulous routines, setting short-term and long-term goals,...
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The Cost Of A State Of The Art Light Rail Transit System
The Edmonton Urban Light Rail Transit system combines above-ground and below-ground sections to efficiently serve the city's diverse urban population. The above-ground segments are economically viable for less densely populated areas, providing a cost-effective solution. At the same time, below-ground tunnels enhance connectivity in congested regions, creating a transportation network for families and students. The Southeast leg of Edmonton's Valley Line LRT, spanning 13 kilometres with 12 sto...
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Benefits of Free and Open-Source Software to Boost Your Workflow
Free and open-source software (FOSS) benefits your daily business and personal workflow. Here are some personal choices for my own daily workflow. Zorin OS, a user-friendly Linux distribution with a Mac-like design, creates a smooth and intuitive workflow experience. Mozilla Firefox has blazing speed, outstanding privacy, and an excellent community ecosystem of add-ons. Standard Notes is the most secure and private note-taking app on the planet. It has powerful end-to-end encryption, and SN g...
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Urban Ring Roads
Almost every major city in North America, Europe, and Asian countries have these mass asphalt three to eight lane highways. Surprisingly, the first ring road was completed in 1937 under the dictatorship of Hitler's Nazi, Germany around the capital of Berlin. The concept makes sense, high density high population urban metropolises and thousands of people needing to get to work on the other side or different areas of the urban city reduce travel time and less consumption of fuel. Next time you...
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6 Extremely Effective Reading Comprehension Strategies To Spark Student Interest & Understanding
Improving reading comprehension is a gradual process, and these strategies require regular daily reading and practice of techniques to significantly enhance your ability to comprehend and retain information while reading. As Malcolm Gladwell mentioned, any improvement in an area physically or cognitively requires 1000s of hours, translating into years. To improve and become an outlier of reading comprehension, one must read a diversity of short and long pieces of narratives and genres to build v...
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21st Century Education 2.0: Revolutionizing Learning for a Globalized World
Just some ideas on an Education 2.0: Transforming Learning for a Globalized World Education Creates Societal Progress & Individual Empowerment A society's education system symbolizes societal progress and individual empowerment, leading to career development, economic progress, and higher quality of life. Traditional educational models of the 20th century are slowly transforming to meet the demands of a fast-paced, interconnected, globalized world. Education 2.0 represents a paradigm shift...
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Immigration - Newcomers, & Our Saving Grace
The lightning speed of information technology has significantly reshaped the economic landscape, particularly with the advances in AI.  AI - Artificial Intelligence & Obsolete Professions AI will profoundly transform financial data analysis, national budgeting, and tax reform planning. My question is, how many millions of job losses will automation cause due to AI? I agree that AI can enhance efficiency, but at the same time, AI may make entire professions obsolete, leading to long-term jo...
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Always Say Less...
When seeking to impress others with words, the advice is clear: by saying less, individuals will have less to negatively attack you on points; on the other hand, if you have verbal diarrhea, your words diminish your impact, respect, and power. Say Less The idea is rooted in wordiness, which relinquishes you less in control. In contrast, concise, calm, quiet, and precise communication lends an air of mystery and power. Author Robert Greene's concept of fewer words is more power extends to one'...
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U Grad Studies
University Grad Studies - 1 or 2 years... It took me 3 years... I was the guy that lived in university and public libraries with my two boys reading and running around causing slight minor issues with the librarians. I am so sorry. At the same time I was... Reading every free minute, everyday Writing notes every free minute Building links to academic articles, textbook notes, and book notes In the back of my mind via my mother and her culturally mixed family, knowing that no one can take our...
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A Domino Effect of Workplace Gossip
Rumours Erodes Trust Unfortunately, workplace gossip, the informal sharing of information or rumours, is part of professional settings, influencing organizational dynamics, culture, and efficiency. As leaders, when we recognize gossip, it is essential to squash it quickly, as it directly impacts employee morale, teamwork, and overall workplace culture. Gossip can create a hostile atmosphere, fostering distrust and anxiety among team members and hindering the establishment of a positive and coll...
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Jealousy
Jealousy and envy lead to discrediting specific individuals and others. When combined with subtle "invisibility" that people see, sense, and despise silent racism and discrimination, these behaviours can bolster harmful stereotypes and unequal treatment with others. The critical message exposes such negativity, promotes awareness and empathy, and actively challenges biased beliefs, attitudes, and negative actions directed to targeted individuals. Perpetuating a positive diversity perspective...
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Ideas Of An Extraordinary Life
To live an extraordinary life, one must go beyond their societal norms. Growth Mindset An individual questioning rules that are absurd and contrary to good sense often limits our potential. Consciousness management involves updating our minds by rewriting our normative ideas of reality and aligning our perspectives with growth and positivity. One way to update or "reboot" our mind is to discover by reading books, communicating and building positive relationships with people, and exploring the...
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Smoke Screens & Red Herrings
My take on Robert Greene's Smoke Screens from 48 Laws of Power The concept of a smoke screen is presented as a strategy for deception in various business situations. Distraction The smoke screen idea is to keep specific individuals in the dark about your true intentions by creating confusion, using distraction tactics, and maintaining a bland or unreadable exterior. The advice includes never revealing the purpose behind your actions, guiding others down the wrong path, and throwing them off t...
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Motivating High Achievers
Motivating individuals to achieve high performance lies not in inherent traits or elite genes but in specific habits practiced over hundreds and thousands of hours by high achievers. These habits include maintaining physical fitness, practicing difficult tasks to mastery which increase confidence, and regularly questioning personal goals and life purpose. Motivated high achievers seek clarity, focusing on self-improvement, intentional social interactions, skill development, and service to othe...
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Empowering Meeting
Here are my takes from today's afternoon AP meeting... Just being with colleagues in a non-threatening relaxed setting. Breaking bread with colleagues. Feeling the modesty of all the different extremely hard-working personalities. Positivity and optimism enhancing well-being. A positive outlook on life fostering resiliency. Positive motivational words improving mental & spiritual health, Fr. Julian Encouraging strong interpersonal relationships to strengthen stress management. Everyo...
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Do Not Overly Rely On Friends Instead Learn To Leverage Your Adversaries
Robert Greene warns the reader not to place all trust entirely in friends, suggesting some may betray due to envy.  Leverage Your Adversaries It is interesting that the author advocates hiring former enemies, who may be more loyal and driven to prove themselves. On the other hand, the potential danger of friends emphasizes that the act of hiring them can unbalance relationships, leading to hidden resentments and ingratitude. Due to friends' ingratitude, they always expect less from friends to ...
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Never Outshine Your Supervisor or Manager
Author Robert Greene is one of my top reads.... Here is my take on his #1 Law of Power from, 48 Laws of Power Be modest and try to avoid any display of your talents and abilities in the presence of a manager or supervisor; your skill sets may cause resentment, envy, and insecurity among your supervisor. Be subtle, supportive, and aware of power dynamics with some leaders that show envy. Outshining or showcasing your talents or elite skill sets, hoping to impress the supervisor or manager, may,...
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Economics of Poverty
In the year of 2024 10,000 children under the age of 18 die every day from malnutrition. 15,000 adults 18 years of age and older die of malnutrition every day. Over 800 million people live in absolute poverty. Approximately 32 armed conflicts are happening presently. Many of these countries geographically are situated in a POVERTY TRAP. Poverty Trap Many of these countries are geographically landlocked, with high birth rates and a lack of high-quality education for the whole population. In ...
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Here Are Some Ideas That Define A Positive Compassionate Manager & Workplace Leader
Positive Mindset Optimistic managers and workplace leaders truly stand out through their warmth, compassion, and the cultivation of close relationships with their teams. Their leadership style involves a genuine commitment to reduce employees' suffering, coupled with a display of humility and an aspiration to make a positive impact on the world. Embracing a mindset that transcends black-and-white thinking, these leaders champion flexibility and a collaborative approach, ensuring that tasks ar...
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Mac | Apple Jan 24 - This Day In History
Mac | Apple Minimalist Simplicity Since the 1980s, Apple has always stayed true to keeping its limited minimalism premium products. Most Apple customers are always satisfied with their products because of the branding and the limited but highly premium quality of the products that push other tech competitors to follow suit. Small Teams and Prompt Feedback Apple has a company cultural history of highly productive, small, innovative teams. Apple is almost the opposite of the Microsoft or IBM or...
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Reducing Stress & Some Ideas to Happiness
Compassion and Empathy Compassion and the importance of having compassion and looking at a life of happiness can link very well to empathy and more compassion. An abundance of kindness and compassion creates a happy life in most societies. Close Lasting Relationships Close solid relationships with not only family members and extended family, but childhood friends, high school, college and work place friendships bolsters a happier life. Religious Beliefs - Spirituality From a very young age...
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Hidden Potential, Proactive Imperfectionists
Character skills are ever-changing from elementary age into adulthood. Adam Grant, the author of Hidden Potential, has some excellent case studies providing evidence that if a child is taught or coached to develop strong character skills, that young person will internalize self-discipline and be a proactive imperfectionist. These individuals encounter multiple failures throughout life. However, they never give up. They keep trying to improve themselves in specific skills or areas of work. In o...
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Free College Level Online Courses?
I am still absolutely delightfully surprised by the opportunity that anyone in the world can improve themselves by using free online college-level courses through their public library, in which most libraries have free library patron accounts to Gale Courses. Over 300 Free Online Courses In such a user-friendly menu of course selections, 12 diverse learning areas are nested with multiple specific learning areas, and then specific personal improvement or professional development cours...
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A Few Important Strategies for Deep Work
I'm reading a very interesting book by Cal Newport called Deep Work.  Here is my take on the author's suggestions for strategies to improve deep-focused work. Intentional and Desired Intention is a must for any of these strategies to be effective.  Monastic The monastic strategy of secluding oneself and eliminating distractions from technology and individuals. Just focusing on the work assignment or project at hand. Human beings need help in multitasking if deep, concentrated work is ne...
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11 Proven Tips to Improve Reading Comprehension Skills for Students
Some school-based leaders will advocate for all their teachers and instructors to teach and instruct state or provincial-based diploma testing and for the best test percentage results to make the school look good. Are the students taught and focused on strategies to improve their understanding and fluency of literature, reading, and writing? Thankfully, very few, an extreme minority of school-based leaders are concerned about the multiple-choice reading comprehension tests as the determina...
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Here Are 5 Qualities Of A Multiplier Leader That Will Improve Your Company 100x!
Multipliers are leaders who improve the insight and accomplishments of their colleagues. These leaders are talent magnets who look for talent beyond traditional boundaries, identify instinctive skills, and remove obstacles to improve colleagues' success. Multipliers are Liberators that give coworkers room to work, encourage risk-taking, and support a culture of learning from mistakes. Challengers inspire a positive, optimistic belief in achieving goals, point coworkers in a specific direction fo...
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5 Transformative Strategies: Shifting Away from Envy for Mutual Benefit
In Robert Greene's book, The Laws of Human Nature, where envy is a significant theme with 239 mentions, the author suggests that while it's nearly impossible to eliminate the urge to compare ourselves with others—a trait inherent in our social nature—our natural instincts can be channelled into five essential strategies. These strategies aim to reduce feelings of envy, ultimately benefiting everyone around us. 1. To Reduce Envy, Get Closer to What You Want The feeling of envy can thrive and gr...
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Here Are 4 Common Behaviours Of Ineffective Leaders
In a 28-year career in education as a teacher and assistant principal, I've consistently observed 4 common behaviours among ineffective leaders. Egocentric - Narcissistic These leaders often show a predominant self-admiration, driven either by ego and anxiety, constantly preoccupied with how they are perceived by their superiors and team members, always trying to appear strong and invincible, having a strong desire for attention and an underlying imposter syndrome, often leads them to prioriti...
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How to Develop Student and Staff Fortitude in High School: A 5-Step Process
Majority Of Successful High School Administrators Have These Characteristics High School administrators are goal-oriented, highly energetic and resilient when facing setbacks, showcasing courage and compassion, and their problem-solving abilities are highly adaptable. These individuals usually have excellent time management skills, and their communication is consistent with students, parents, and staff.  Successful High School Administrators Encourage And Foster A Positive Growth Mindset Of Co...
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Briefly Unravelling the Threads of Relational Aggression: Understanding, Causes, and Impacts from Teenage Years to Adulthood
Teenage social aggression involves verbal aggression and behaviours that damage someone else's social standing and sense of belonging. Relational aggression can be direct or indirect, subtle or blatant.  This type of social aggression can involve the spreading of rumours online through social media or through word of mouth within a school, community, organization or business, the target of relational aggression is usually embarrassed or humiliated publicly through gossiping or backstabbing. Su...
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How Parents, Schools, and Community Can Create External Assets For Teens To Succeed
It is attainable and possible for all developing and developed socioeconomic nations to build or have a strong foundation of external assets for teenagers to have a successful life.  EXTERNAL ASSETS AS A FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE SUCCESSFUL ADULTS All teenagers experience external assets. The more external assets they have, the greater their success rate as future adults, the fewer at-risk behaviours they will have, and the more resilient they will become. These external assets are possible in alm...
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How to Generate Positive Motivation with Colleagues by Understanding Equity Theory
This employee motivation theory is so standard in most organizations, including schools, that educators don't recognize this social psychology comparison theory. Employee Perception of Their Contributions and Value In this social comparison theory, people compare their inputs and outputs in their workplace with comparison to other co-workers. In many instances, employees will overestimate the imbalance of equity of inputs and outputs of the co-workers. In turn, the individuals' motivation may ...
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