But interspersed with the silliness and alphabet learning, the show also tackled difficult issues. Take, for instance, when the actor who played the shopkeeper Mr. Hooper died in 1982. Sesame Street chose to address his death head-on. When Big Bird asks the grownups on the show where he went, they don’t mince words: They explain that he is gone forever, but it will be okay. This was a brave plot decision for a show that targets preschoolers. advertisement advertisement “Sesame Street has always been real-world,” says Sherrie Westin, EVP of global impact and philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the show. “It’s not a fantasy, it’s not a fairy tale. One of the things that sets us apart is respecting children and dealing with real-world issues from a child’s perspective.” Related: How Sesame Street Taught Kids About Emotions Long Before Schools Caught On Over the last few decades Sesame Street … [Read more...] about How Sesame Street Explains The Toughest Parts Of Life
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In order to be a great manager, you need to be an effective coach with the ability to ask powerful questions, listen actively, and offer observations. You must help your employee create the shifts in their beliefs and actions that will result in the achievement of desired results. Coaching is a partnership between the coach and the employee, where the main goal is to help the employee develop and contribute to the business. advertisement advertisement A Philosophy of Coaching Great managers have the ability to drive uncommonly successful results for their organization by coaching their people. Coaching is based on the premise that, with help, people can ignite their own potential and achieve or even accelerate their results by discovering solutions for themselves. Coaches help people identify their individual aspirations for change, desired results, and solutions and then match those goals with the needs of the business. A coach doesn’t just dole out advice or act as … [Read more...] about 6 Things Managers Could Stand To Learn From Coaches
Bad news bosses: most of your employees are looking for a new job. advertisement advertisement You might be scratching your head about this, especially since most of your workers seem to be happy working for your company. Well, we’re scratching our heads too, over here. Salary.com surveyed of more than 1,200 people about their current jobs and whether they plan to search for a new job this year. They found that 83% of people surveyed said they will look for a new job in 2014, which is up 6% from last year. What’s more surprising, though, is that while job hunting saw a rise this year, so did employee satisfaction, which rose 23% from last year. It turns out that 28% of people on the hunt this year said they are perfectly content in their positions. Despite this, about a quarter of respondents said they are looking for a new job every day, and another quarter are hunting a few times a week. Some of these job hunters are even looking while they’re at work. The … [Read more...] about Your Happy Employees Are Still Job Hunting (Infographic)
Of course you want to keep your best employees, but the truth is most of your employees–even the happy ones–are looking for another job. advertisement advertisement According to a recent study conducted by Deloitte leaders rate engagement and retention as a top 2014 priority. And yet, lumping engagement and retention into one bucket is misleading–at least that’s what 7,350 LinkedIn members across five countries said in an exit survey. The survey reported that 85% of the workforce is either actively looking for a job or open to talking to recruiters about relevant opportunities–even those who report being satisfied with their current jobs. Employees contemplate daily whether to re-up with their current employer or entertain the prospect of landing a better gig. Given this, the real question is not how to engage your employees so they don’t leave–there is a good chance they will. The real opportunity is how you treat them when they do. … [Read more...] about Want To Keep Your Team Happy? Talk To The People Who Just Quit
Last month, Austin Stewart gave a rather unique virtual reality demonstration at a storefront in Ames, Iowa. With a wall TV display, an Oculus Rift headset, and yoga ball trackpad, the Iowa State University assistant professor showed how virtual reality could enrich the inner lives of farm animals confined to small spaces. Strap an Oculus Rift headset onto a chicken, and it’s free range, you see. In its mind. advertisement advertisement “It’s really pastoral,” Stewart says of the Second Livestock world, inspired by humans’ Second Life, and first reported by the Ames Tribune. “There’s waving grass, a few trees, and some artificial intelligence chickens wandering around as well.” With the trackpad, participants were able to mimic the pace of chicken feet with their fingers. Stewart’s also very excited about the next version of the Oculus Rift headset, which will allow for positional head tracking, or craning your neck at … [Read more...] about Could “Second Livestock” Give Chickens A Virtual Free Range?