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What if I Handed You a Rose to Avoid an Argument?

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

How would you feel if I came up to you and handed you a rose and said “You have done something that upset me.   I would like to discuss it with you and see if we can find a way to come to peace on this issue. If you would be willing to try to work out a solution, please hand me the rose back.”

Bet you would be both startled, and intrigued.   And I bet you would hand the rose back. Just like the pre-school kids in many Montessori schools are taught to do.

In pre-school, , one of the major goals is to teach children to get along, cooperate, and share,

in addition to teaching things like the alphabet and numbers.

Many of us learned these skills at…

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Who’s Your Hero? High School Students Lead the Way

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

The Harvard Business Review shook the ground a lot a few years ago with an article that pointed out that corporations appoint people to supervisory positions at an average age of around 30, but these lucky people were first sent for supervisory training at an average age of 42! [1]These individuals were doomed to spend fully one-third of their management career without ever undergoing training in how to be a supervisor and leader.[2]

Among the high school student population, some coaching occurs in leadership, but most of has to do with such things as drama club, or sports leadership, such at captain of various teams.  Very few programs focus on training le…

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By Francis P. Koster Ed. D.

Do you know why "important people" are called "bigwigs"?   You hear it often - like when your brother-in-law said "So I sat at the head table with all the bigwigs" when he was bragging about his recent success.

This subject actually links to the Ebola epidemic .

Start back in 400 B.C. in Egypt, and scroll forward until the 1800's in Europe, and you will find records of important people wearing wigs. One of the several reasons they wore wigs was because they shaved their heads to avoid infestations of lice and other vermin which carried disease like typhus.[1], [2] [3]

Razor blades were primitive, straight, dangerous, expensive, and used on you by someone you hired, because you could not s…

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Seizing the Ebola Moment to Teach Hygiene

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

Do you know why "important people" are called "bigwigs"?   You hear it often - like when your brother-in-law said "So I sat at the head table with all the bigwigs" when he was bragging about his recent success.

This subject actually links to the emerging epidemic of Ebola.

Going back to 400 B.C. in Egypt, and up until the 1800's in Europe, records are found of important people wearing wigs. One of the several reasons they wore wigs was because they shaved their heads to avoid infestations of lice and other vermin which carried disease like typhus.[1], [2] [3]

Razor blades were primitive, straight, dangerous, expensive, and used on you by someone you hired, becau…

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Creating the Bottom 10 Percent

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

 

The phrase "Mad as a Hatter" is falling into disuse - I suspect many of the kids wandering around with ear buds dangling think it refers to a character in Alice in Wonderland. They are wrong.

Back in the 18th century, top hats were made out of felt, which was rinsed, pressed and shaped using a rinse containing mercury. The mercury entered the hat makers body little by little as they worked, causing what we would today call an occupation related illness - they went mad.

While "Mad as a Hatter" and the underlying cause has faded, it has been replaced in modern society by other ways people get damaged while working. Back in the late 1960's, modern medicine told us so many people…

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