Education Issues

If you do some digging at katemckeon.com you will discover that I am a fan of outsourcing. Who wouldn’t be? Get the best talent to do the best work at the best price. That at least is the mantra of outsourcing . . .And oftentimes, outsourcing a project works. But then there are times it

Adult Education Issues

The Wall Street Journal recently published a special section on Education. What inspired me was the opener. If an educated work force is the nation’s human capital, business is seeing a lot of subprime these days. It’s a snarky little comment, but it hit entirely too close to home. Even if your school’s graduation rate

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

Leadership in Education

How about this for a campaign: We for Rhee! Washington DC public schools rank in the worst of our nation despite being potentially attended by our nation’s leader’s progeny. Of the 45,000 students in the district, how many do you think are the children of senators and representatives? But never mind that, Michelle Rhee, chancellor

Nonverbal Influence: Uniform Color

If you knew that the color you were wearing could influence the outcome of a game/deal/date, would you change what you are wearing? What’s Color got to do with it? Are TEAL uniforms (San Jose Sharks) killing any chance for a cup? This week we look at uniform color. Does it surprise you that teams

Mastery – Semper Fi

Happy 234th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps! A big thank you to those who have served and those who will serve. Bob Parsons, the Chief Nutty-Nut at GoDaddy.com creates a rousing tribute to the Marine Corps each year in celebration of the evening at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, November 10, 1775. https://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/holiday/usmc2009/default.asp?isc=gdr1162a The

Earn 59% more Just by making one switch….

  So you’re a lefty and life is tough? Stop your whining. Look at the numbers . . . you’re in pretty good company . . . if you can survive adolescence. This week we compare the salaries of left-handed pitchers with the average salary of all pitchers over the past 20 years. I can

Best Comeback – Sports Stat of the Week

Ever feel like you’ve started on the wrong foot? Maybe the project didn’t get off to a good start or the date started with you falling down a flight of stairs . . . I hear these things, um, happen…. Can you get the win after a rough start? On October 26th, 2009, the Toronto

Excellence versus Mastery

Mastery is a path, not a destination so I thought I would clarify a few things that have come up in comments . . . You can be better than 95% of all other people after you have persevered for 1000 hours in one area. So if you are a runner, does that mean you

Your Sphere of Influence

That’s it. I’m pulling out the brat card. I had an epiphany today. . . . As much as I push to find pockets of excellence whether they be academic, athletic, artistic or some combination thereof, excellence is what I “do.” It’s my research it, my downtime reading, and to paraphrase Austin Powers, “it’s my

Super Stars Mini-mite Hockey

If you haven’t seen the latest in mini-mite super stars, check out this video of a 9 year old. Now this trick is a learned trick and wouldn’t fly in the NHL (puck must be moving forward at all times – this one doesn’t), but come on, it’s pretty cool to watch. Fair warning, this

Comic Break

Yesterday I had the opportunity to be reamed for my opinions about the current state of affairs. It was a sorry little conversation that got out of hand before it even started. Actually, now that I think about it, I never did get to share my opinions . . . my opinions were inserted for

Momentum in Team Winning

In professional sports momentum swings can be attributed to teams and players going on hot or cold streaks. Does the 2005 Miami Heat come back if the Dallas Mavericks win the 3rd game? Do the 2009 Redwings win the Stanley Cup if they win game 3 instead of game 5? These swings have been the

Get to Yes Faster

When you spend your time in Sales person mode, time is even more valuable. You may have  a set amount of time that the potential client is willing to spend with you. Or you have X number of appointments to make before the day is over. And if your business is predominantly face-to-face, you really

Best Menu Item: Fun with Translations

So visiting a new town brings potential for adventure – some fun, some . . . less so, but still I love to travel. One of my favorite activities is to observe translations – literal and figurative. Literal translations are things like Chinese food menus translated to English. Figurative might be the way folks in

When Free is too Expensive

I am writing from Newark, New Jersey, which is not my new favorite place. But this is not a post about that. On the flight here I noticed the airline magazine and spent a few minutes going through the puzzles. Across from one of the puzzle pages was a full-page glossy ad for FRE*E Hotel

More about Myelin

Lisa McLellan mentioned the movie Lorenzo’s oil after the post on building talent. Since I had no idea what she was talking about, I wiki’ed it. In a short moment I appreciated the profound difference between needing to lug my notebook (which was a yellow pad and pen, not some clever little thing with keyboard)

What is Talent?

Talent is one of those things we talk about all the time, but very rarely define. How often do you refer to someone doing something incredible: Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Michael Phelps, Dara Torres, Usain Bolt as a Natural Talent? Since that often feels a bit like a cop-out, let’s dive in to the science

Why you want to Win

The internet has brought tremendous opportunity to the masses. Who would have predicted 20 years ago that selling schlocky stuff that didn’t sell at your garage sale on a little community website would allow you to make millions of dollars?** Yet, eBay has done just that. The success of eBay highlights the idea that as

A lighter note

This week we got into some heavy thoughts about education. Thank you for going down that road with me. We’ll be right back in it next week, but for today, how about a lighter bit? I am a big fan of champagne. So I read about it whenever possible. I came across an article that

Leadership in Education: No Child Left Behind

Rewriting the No Child Left Behind Law is in process. If you have children in school this may be important to you. If you are childless, it may seem unimportant. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Whether or not you have children, if you plan to be living in 20 years, how our children

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

Leadership in Hockey: Absurdities

This week’s sports stat is a small collection of hockey absurds. 1. Wayne Gretzky has left the building. – AND – 2. Sean Avery is more interested in Fashion than Forward. 1. Wayne Gretzky has left the building. No, he’s not dead (he wasn’t that lively last time I saw him…), but he has retired

Leadership in Education – Now What?

Leadership in Education is a big concern. The influence teachers have on our kids is immense and immediately powerful. I remember hearing one of my little sisters read her paper on the Iraq war circa 2004 at age 12 . . . it is safe to say she did not get those opinions from my

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 Sports: Soccer Penalty Kick

The pink locker room has been a popular story . . . and fortunately, Martin was reminded of another sneaky, brilliant tactic used by Chelsea in the opposing team locker room Have the boot locker low down, close to floor level, so that the away team player player has to bend down (and hopefully strain

Nonverbal Cues – Locker Rooms

Earlier this week we covered nonverbal influence in hockey also known as the fighting penalty. That post brought some wonderful comments about other ways we communicate a message nonverbally in sports. Locker Rooms Go to the home team’s locker room and you will find it pleasantly fragranced (a fancy way of saying it smells good)

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.

Nonverbal Cues in Education

Did you have a teacher who was a strict disciplinarian? What did he or she do to let you know you were skating close to the bad boys and girls line? In my fourth grade class we had a young man, Chris, who was not so well behaved. I don’t remember him doing anything too

Record Breaking Second Place

Earlier this week a reader reminded me of another example of a record breaking performance that comes in second place. Sammy Sosa vs Roger Maris . . . . . . vs Mark McGwire In 1998, Sammy Sosa soundly beat Roger Maris’ 1961 home run record of 61 in one season. Sammy was the first

Running Mastery: Sports Stat of the Week

So you probably thought you’d hear about hockey this week given that preseason begins . . . now, but instead how about a diversion to running. In tandem with my research on the non verbal, environmental cues that foster the growth of super stars I get to look at super stars themselves. It’s really amazing

Growing Super Stars: Part 2

Who are you hanging around? If you are interested in being a track star are you hanging around couch potatoes? When you are ready to push yourself, you drop the ineffective parts of your training without a second thought. For a business owner who is about to blast off, that may mean you stop hanging

Personal Influence – Office Supplies?

EXPERIMENT: What kind of pen do you use at the office? Is it a regular Bic disposable, a Cross or Mont Blanc, or is it the freebie from a pharmacutical sales rep? If you use a freebie or the basic disposable, consider using a less disposable (everything is ultimately disposable, right?) pen for one day.

Environmental Cues that make you buy

In October, I have the opportunity to present ground-breaking research on the meaning and effect of the environmental cues that surround us. If that gets your blood pumping, sign up now: Kevin Hogan’s Body Language Mastery Course. It is a weekend packed with body language and non verbal cues that will blow your mind. You’ll

Never Too Old to be a Super Star

Think you have mastered all that you are able to master and that life and learning are about to pass you by? Has your dream of challenging Eric Clapton to a little strumming vanished? Think that you are too old to pick up the violin? There is hope! Many adults consider themselves over-the-hill and not

Supers Stars have higher IQs?

Most of what we know about intelligence is wrong. Let me start with an example. Who has the higher IQ? The Chess Master or the steel worker? No peeking! Make a choice. If you said the Chess Master you would be in good company. Most people say the Chess Master. Their reasoning is that the

Non Verbal Influence

Rough draft of the first 20 minutes (26 minutes) of a presentation on nonverbal communication. Forget to Resist Me: 21 non verbal cues you can use to influence your outcomes! Also known as get your spouse to take out the garbage without griping. (link removed) The download link is for yousendit – the file is

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

Basic Economics – Young Minds, Powerful Lessons

It is difficult to find a text to ignite enthusiasm in children for basic economics. Actually, it’s difficult to find a text that teaches economics to adults (I do recommend Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics) . . . which leads to all sorts of other problems…. But that’s for another day. In the far, far background

Sports Stat of the Week: HPHS Football Leadership

Preseason is in full swing.With that in mind a little stat on football leadership from a local high school. In researching the athletic prowess and at Highland Park High School for comparison with its academic (Nobels and Rhodes) prowess, I stumbled across this little tidbit . . . of our big stars in the NFL,

Influence in Little Prodigies

What is the major influence that turns children into little prodigies? Mind-blowing research in Neurology points us in a new direction. Is it amount of practice? Is it in-born talent? Is it high-income parents – or other privileged access to resources? No, no, no. The driving factor that influences a child to be a prodigy

Sports Stat of the Week – Favre Leadership

Minnesota Signs McKeon No, of course not. I wouldn’t last 2 snaps on a field full of kickers. Having had the opportunity to kick one between the uprights at Texas Stadium I can also state that I wouldn’t make it as a kicker (missed completely). Even those of us without TV and Radio know that

Economic Leadership Starts with Simple Math

Seth Godin proposed a simple quiz for marketers this morning. To instantly see how quickly statistics get out of hand with a natural bias – also known as fuzzy math, consider his “quiz for smart marketers,” below. It makes a brilliant point. Not feeling mathy today? I put some numbers to it so you can

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.

Education Reform

The strongest case for Education reform in the United States Upon reading another author’s blog’s comments I was reminded how few people are put at the peril of the market in an obvious way, daily – i.e. they work for someone else, have benefits, and believe these things due to them. We need Basic Economics

Leadership in Hockey: Sports Stat August 17

Excuses last a lifetime. Achievement leaves you proving yourself again and again. Sports Stat of the Week: Leadership in Hockey I do (heart) hockey so back to hockey this week. The question ticking along today is, “How well do teams with one dominant player do . . . as determined by time on the ice.”

Success leads to Success

Try, try, try again and one day you’ll get it . . . heard that one before? Turns out that may not be so helpful after all. Save some time and get a better result by utilizing this short cut. New research coming out of the clever folks at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and

Influence and Body Language in New York City/Newark/Philly

October 7-11, I will be in New York City to speak on Causing Cognition through Body Language at various private functions and helping Kevin Hogan at his Body Language Mastery Course also in New York, October 10-11. Kevin has some stellar surprise guests planned. He is after all the man who wrote the book on