10 Inspirational Quotes From Women Business Leaders

From Sheryl Sandberg to Barbara Corcoran, here are 10 quotes from women who offer wisdom for the ages.

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Men, women and children will all be inspired by the wonderful quotes found in this Entrepreneur.com article.


Visionaries from Mary Kay Ash (Mary Kay Cosmetics) to Eileen Fisher (fashion designer) have contributed quotes that are sure to be memorable for years to come.


My personal favorite quote comes from Melinda Gates…

How Teachers Are Using ‘Hamilton’ the Musical in the Classroom

Hamilton the musical is igniting kids’ interest in history and teachers are finding a way to deliver its lessons to students.

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We use many methods to motivate students and children, some more conventional than others. See how teachers across the country have used “Hamilton” the Musical to teach history and to inspire students in a fun and entertaining way.  It’s hard to know for sure, but my bet is that Hamilton would have been thrilled to know how truly inspiration he became.

4 Ways Focusing On Your Employees Will Change Your Business

Creating a nurturing and motivating workplace environment for your employees will increase production, and maximize your success.

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Many have heard the phrase “lead by example”, but this article drives the point home by focusing on the impact employee appreciation and incentives can have on your company’s growth.


By focusing on employee empathy, incentives, shared goals and your employee’s ideas, the author, Tyler Leslie, argues that the impact on growth can be both fast and dramatic.

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy

By disrupting sleep, suppressing the brain’s frontal lobe, raising stress hormones, and fracturing attention, daily screen-time is making children become the worst version of themselves.

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We have again decided to veer from the strict definition of “motivating children” to a subject that we thought would be of interest to our readership and is clearly related, even if in an indirect way.


Have you ever wondered what impact excessive screentime might be having on your children or students? According to Victoria Dunckley, excessive screentime can disrupt sleep, induce stress, and  desensitize the brain’s reward system.


Of course, all of the above factors can wreak havoc on a child’s motivation.

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?

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We put a great deal of emphasis on the answers our children (and adults for that matter) give to questions they are asked.  Think about homework, in-class assignments and exams.  These are all typically one-directional – teachers asking students for answers.


This author argues that our focus may be better placed by encouraging students to ask better questions in the first place. Some of us still remember the stress associated with raising our hands in class, despite the many years that might have passed.


This article explores the benefits to asking questions and offers 5 ways to encourage your students to raise their hands without negative consequences.

5 Ways to Stop Demotivating Your People

Follow these tips to turn around what you’re doing to demotivate employees and begin to motivate them.

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We see many articles with ideas to help motivate employees.   But as this author points out, perhaps that’s the wrong question, and instead we should focus on not demotivating our workforce.


If you think about the changes that have taken place over the last 5 to 10 years, this might become obvious.  In an attempt to save money, companies have pulled back on recognition, communication events, and education.  What many miss is that the lack of focus on these important elements leads to turnover and expense.

7 Ways to Bring Your Small Business Team Closer

A Small business team that works well together contributes to the overall success of a company. Here are 7 ways to help facilitate a cohesive team.

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This article takes a slightly different perspective by looking at motivating teams as opposed to individuals.  This can be especially important for small businesses, but can also help those in larger organizations feel like they belong to a community.


The essence of this piece is that there should be an added focus on setting goals with teams, and similarly, rewarding teams and not just individuals.


It also looks at other group dynamics, such as how to handle unpopular opinions and how to resolve disputes amongst team members.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students

If we know what works to motivate students, why are so many students still unmotivated? These five questions will help you determine if your practice is really in line with research.

Read the full article at: www.cultofpedagogy.com


We have an obligation to motivate our students.  Sometime this seems like an impossible task, after all, some kids are unreachable, right?


Not true.  While there are no silver bullets, there are proven techniques that will help you motivate kids that you thought were impossible to reach.


This article found in Cult of Pedagogy explores five important questions to help guide you through what otherwise might feel like an impossible journey.

The Dangers of Using a Sticker Chart to Teach Kids Good Behavior

Priming kids to expect rewards for good behavior can harm their social skills in the long term.

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Sticker charts remain one of the most popular tools for motivating children. There is clear evidence that sticker charts work to promote specific behaviors, but they can also create unintended and dangerous consequences.


Once children are conditioned to receive something, in this case stickers for their “good” behavior, a long-term expectation is set.  When we ask a child to do something, a typical response is “what will you give me?”  Is this what you really want to hear?

7 Interview Questions That Determine Emotional Intelligence

Determining who you hire for a job plays a big part in forming your company’s culture and ensuring its future success.

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We often talk about employee motivation, and indeed, this column is dedicated to the subject.  But we typically assume that employees are already on board and working.


What if you were able to stack the deck with employees that were already inclined to support your workplace culture and were more easily motivated?  Of course, this would be something you would want to pursue.


So how can you increase your odds of success?  Read on…