Students and Self Esteem

This is the abbreviated version of a Saturday Night Live skit (Basement Karate – Bryan Cranston). What was so striking was the little boy’s reaction to getting shellacked by his old man. I have heard some of the exact same phrases out of my GMAT students…. I know, I know, I shouldn’t laugh . .

IBM and Canada – Bad Food or Bad Numbers?

IBM recently launched an ad campaign highlighting their work on education, crime prevention and food poisoning reduction . . . okay, really, the interlocking theme is Outcomes for a smarter planet. But they demonstrate those outcomes in the fields of education, food safety and crime prevention among other areas. The graphics are cute, it’s the

The Real Robin Hood

Would the real Robin Hood please stand up? “If you don’t stop levying these evil taxes, I will lead the people of England in a revolt against you!” -Robin, Men in Tights, 1993 Mel Brooks made a mildly popular movie to skewer the story of Robin in 1993 – if you love puns, you will

Happy 4th of July!

The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. There is no better birthday than to celebrate the continued life of what was conceived as a great experiment 234 years ago. We’ve come a long way in 234 years…. A quick refresher of the opening preamble of the Constitution of the United States: We the people

Can you win in Teal?

So it is official. The Philly Flyers will play the Chicago Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup. Montreal, the third “Original Six” in the conference finals was axed by the Flyers tonight. Wow. Montreal has a losing streak a mile long (last won the cup in 1986, quarter century itch?). . . but guess who’s streak

Date with Kate Update

Okay, so the Date with Kate gig started as a silly response to a former student and favorite reader (see January winner), but has proven a small hit among you. In March, there were 4 DwK dates with readers. I am honored and flattered that you are willing to schlep to Dallas or schlep me

Winter Classics and February Winner

In a departure from the somber tone of education issues, The February Winner of the Date with Kate is Laurel Lichty of Washington DC. Photo of the two gals below. It just so happened that the DwK was sandwiched between hikes around DC in the record breaking “Snowpocalypse,” Brunch with Drag Queens, and snow ball

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

It’s true, I can’t be bothered to keep up with all of the holidays that get named and celebrated at this time of the year so I wish you a very Merry Christmas, because that is the tradition I embrace. May my wishing you a Merry Christmas cause you no harm of image or ego

Happy Birthday Mom

Happy Birthday Mom! In 1996, Mom discovered eBay and my pleas for her to start using email instead of the phone were answered. I was an undergrad trying to save pennies – this was before unlimited wireless – I hated using those ridiculous calling cards. We still had landlines. Do they even have landlines in

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday Dad

Most of my family members have a birthday on a major holiday. And today is Dad’s day. So a special happy birthday to our biggest turkey. 🙂 Enjoy your friends and family. I’ll be enjoying a the new Cowboys Stadium and Pecan pie . . . as long as I remember to get it out

Does Teaching Attract Liberals?

In the Education Leadership post a few days ago Rob commented that teaching attracts liberals. So let’s dissect. Is it true that teaching attracts liberals or is there something more going on? There are a few ways to go through this. Let’s start with the premise that teaching attracts liberals. That premise is either true

Winning with Nuclear Fusion, a New Metaphor

Winning with Nuclear Fusion Thursday evening I ended up in a conversation about nuclear fusion, not a subject I know much about, but I have a vague understanding . . . that got me thinking about what it takes to launch a business, or learn a new skill since both of those activities require an

Nonverbal Cues in Casinos

A place heavy with nonverbal cues is a casino. Some of the best nonverbal environmental research is done for them. If you have ever entered a casino you may have noticed the carpet . . . specifically, how busy and probably hideous the carpet is. For the uninitiated, the crazy patterns serve two main purposes.

Peak Years and Influence

In an effort to determine the validity of my hypothesis about peak years I’ve scanned through high school data as I get my hands on it . . . turns out it is not so straight forward to get high schools to share their information. It has been even more difficult to get organizations like

Grandma Leadership – Democracy in Action

This is Democracy in Action! Adorable grandmother, Moni McCaslin, took to the streets to protest health care reform. Agree or disagree, at least we finally have Americans engaged in some sort of dialog. This particular grandmother is mine.

Leo Hindery is Wesley Mouch

Leo Hindery recently shared his thoughts on free markets and he has no interest in keeping markets free. He benefits from cloistered markets more than you do . . .

Success in Hockey

Success in Hockey depends on keeping the boys on the ice and out of the penalty box despite the excitement fisticuffs causes with the fans.

Tax Reform

So the concept of tax reform gets several of my family members hot and bothered . . . I’m not sure what that says about my family but I leave that for a therapist to sort out in 10 years when I have time for a visit. In the meantime, I propose the following: 1.

Notable and Quotable – Income Mobility Study

A tidbit most pertinent to those who live and die by the mantra that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer…. From an interview with Thomas Sowell on his new book, “Economic Facts and Fallacies.” If we follow human beings instead of income brackets, perhaps we can find more meaningful information

Why I outsource? Because you are lazy.

First off, this may be a bit of a rant . . . You see, I am a bit frustrated. In late September I started a hiring process. I was attempting to hire 2 writers on a temporary to permanent basis. I took applications electronically; I gave skills tests, written and phone interviews. It was

Investing versus Employment

For interest in a concept near and dear to my heart, please visit Miss Mentor today. I’ve just updated the How to Build Wealth Series which takes users through the process of laying out the most sensible plan of action for managing their funds. It’s not the sexy, here’s how you hedge with puts and

Get Out of Jail Free

Let’s celebrate Monopoly sets! The November-December issue of Mental Floss shares a poignant example of how a simple game can save lives. During WWII, the Red Cross delivered monopoly sets that contained secret extras like metal files, compasses, silk maps of safe houses and even real Italian, French and German currency under the fake money.

Stereotypes – Blondes

As a strawberry blonde I’ve had my fair share of fair-haired jokes and while most roll right off my back, occasionally I want to pull out my SAT, GMAT, GRE and other various standardized measurements. Can you be dumb and make a perfect score on the quantitative sections? I suppose it is statistically possible…. The

Interesting Factoids

For those of you Financially savvy,  did you know that 90% of the Fortune 500 are using derivatives in thier portfolios? Here’s why this is interesting: it is further proof that not enough time is being spent on strategic decisions and instead too much time is given to minutia. Yes, No? Why are derivatives minutia?