Polluting the Premise with What We Want to Hear

A common experience with individuals who have participated in a meeting or listened to a news show or debate is to discover later that at least half the people who attended the same meeting or listened to the same news show or debate have come to completely different conclusions about what transpired. Psychologists attribute this […]

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Lying – An Effective Communications Strategy?

A communications technique that is often used – to great effect – is the practice of telling deliberate lies. Telling them persuasively is an art which many people – often in responsible positions – often practice. Lying influences other Critical Skills – particularly the Information and Analysis skills. Lying serves a purpose that gets a […]

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Teaching Critical Skills – Are Common Core Standards the Answer??

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to: enter credit bearing entry courses in […]

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How to Tell if Someone Is “Full of It!”

Here is a little tip that works to determine if someone really knows what he/she is talking about. Technically it’s an “information skill” – trying to determine if the “P” in whatever analysis you might be making, is really TRUE before you do any analysis. All of us encounter individuals who, from time to time, […]

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