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4 Most Popular Podcast Episodes For Business-Savvy Listeners

By Ian Altman
Many people find that listening to podcasts a great way to stay inspired and informed about cutting-edge business lessons. I have the honor of interviewing many amazing guests on my podcast every week. Our audience recognized the following four episodes as the most popular in 2016.
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The Wonkavator

By Josh Linkner
Willy Wonka: "Going up? This is an ingenious invention that I call the Wonkavator." Grandpa Joe: "It looks like an elevator to me." Willy Wonka: "Yes but elevators only go up. The Wonkavator goes up, down, sideways and every other which way you can think of going." Charlie Bucket: "Wow." When Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory premiered back in 1971, the elevator that didn't only go up and down fascinated moviegoers. Now over 45 years later, German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp is bringing the Wonkavator to ...
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2 Simple Steps To Business Success Under President Donald Trump

By Ian Altman
It seems that the president-elect has convinced investors that he'll be good for large businesses. But, what about small to medium-sized (not huge) businesses? Here are two simple steps to growing your business under President Donald Trump.
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PD is Sinking…Here Are 3 Ways to Save It

By Brad Gustafson
Most educators really don't care about what we call PD. They care about their students and want practical solutions to the challenges they encounter in their classrooms. They care about relationships and coherent PD that actually makes change manageable (Gustafson, 2016). Renaming PD will not save it from itself. Neither will making surface-level changes to traditional PD practices. We can engage in deeply philosophical debates about what we want to call PD until we're blue in the face, but ...
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Innovation out of Thin Air

By Josh Linkner
Excited to arrive in Hong Kong, your enthusiasm quickly wanes. Your eyes and lungs burn from the smog, as air pollution levels have reached record highs in this cosmopolitan city. The dense haze lingers in the air as children crave to see a rare blue sky. First looking for fresh ways to market their goods, Hong Kong-based Tiger Beer gleaned inspiration from those soot-filled skies. Realizing what a big hazard air pollution had become and connecting with the need to raise awareness to influence new ...
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3 Keys to Leading Child-Centered Change

By Brad Gustafson
It seems like education is being poked and prodded from nearly every direction. Some of these influences may be helpful, but they get lost in the torrent of new initiates, misguided policy, and priorities that emphasize test scores over student learning and creativity. I recently came across a tweet from George Couros (@GCouros) that read, "If you are going to make decisions that have an impact on the classroom, you need to be in classrooms often. Don't decide from afar."; Judging from the ...
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"I Know I Can't, But What If I Could?"

By Mike Rayburn
A speaker walks into our office...and gifts us with a signed guitar. Yep, you read that right. We had the fantastic opportunity to spend part of our afternoon with entrepreneur, Hall of Fame speaker, world-glass guitarist and two-time TED presenter, Mike Rayburn. One of the greatest aspects of working with so many talented, world-class speakers is cultivating personal relationships with them. Stellar, intentional relationships have kept us going for over twenty years and continue to propel us well ...
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Michael Reagan relays values learned from his father

By Michael Reagan
Through two brief moments of silence,Michael Reagan, son of the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman, powerfully expressed both the need to be forgiven and to forgive as he opened his heart to Liberty University students in Convocation on Wednesday. After sharing his story of being abused as a child by an after-school program leader, and then that of his father surviving an assassination attempt in 1981, the younger Reagan called for the entire Vines ...
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A Cunningly Creative Cannonball

By Josh Linkner
Kevin Bull was facing the challenge of his life. A successful stock trader and entrepreneur, Bull trained hard and finally made it as a walk-on to pursue his dream: to compete on national TV as an American Ninja Warrior. The other contestants were more athletic, more experienced, and better prepared. The odds were simply not in Bull's favor. Instead of brute strength, Bull leveraged his creativity to do the unthinkable. Cannonball Alley, the eighth obstacle in the Ninja Warrior Finals, was a formidable ...
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How a 5 Minute Ritual Can Fuel Your Success

By Josh Linkner
You wake up in a fog and brush your teeth while still half asleep. Dread fills you as you prepare for another soul-crushing day. As you sit in endless traffic, anxiety consumes your thoughts. You worry about that upcoming meeting and anticipate the disappointment on your son's face when you'll arrive late to his ballgame this afternoon. After parking in the last spot, you slog through the rain, barely making it to the front door of your office building. The coffee pot is empty, the last ...

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