Seth Godin: Easier to Teach Compliance Than Initiative

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“Compliance is simple to measure, simple to test for and simple to teach.  Punish non-compliance, reward obedience and repeat.

Initiative is very difficult to teach to 28 students in a quiet classroom.  It’s difficult to brag about in a school board meeting.  And it’s a huge pain in the neck to do reliably.

Schools like teaching compliance.  They’re pretty good at it.

To top it off, until recently the customers of a school or training program (the companies that hire workers) were buying compliance by the bushel.  Initiative was a red flag, not an asset.

Of course, now that’s all changed.  The economy has rewritten the rules, and smart organizations seek out intelligent problem solvers.  Everything is different now.  Expect the part about how much easier it is to teach compliance.”

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Easter 2013

Kiddos Waiting in Waiting Room

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Christina threw her back out today so we made a quick trip to the chiropractor this afternoon. Tyler had his third tee ball game this morning so Lizzy had her supportive gear on.  Watching The Lorax on the TV.

Dublin, CA St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Invaded By Vader

The Dark Side spotted Tyler the Star Wars Geek in yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They shot him with some foam stuff and he loved it. It made his week!