My Thoughts About Teachers’ Unions

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Over the past ten days (August, 2019), I’ve been the keynote speaker for 9 opening convocations (that's a kick-off rally for faculty and staff held in most public school districts just before classes start) in four states, almost all of which resulted in standing ovations from the assembled distr ...
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Why Does Socialism Only Work in Cold Climates?

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DISCLAIMER: Billy Riggs does not speak on (or even address) this topic in any of his public presentations, but his interests are wide and varied so he sometimes uses this blog to express views he finds interesting or noteworthy."Capitalism has not always existed in the world, and it will not always ...
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The First Domino Just Fell

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Tremors in the Global Economy....In last month’s blog, I predicted that an economic catastrophe is coming to the world that will be worse than in 2008. It was intended to be merely an illustration of how (and why!) experts are so consistently wrong about almost everything, whether in economics, f ...
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How To Be Funny (Part II)

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Nothing is worse than telling a joke and hearing nothing but crickets chirping in response. (Okay, cancer is worse, but you know what I mean.) A collective groan is almost as bad. When a joke evokes a groan it is usually the result of one of three causes:It's not funny. (I can’t help you there. Fi ...
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The Essential Difference Between a Boss and a Leader

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A boss and a leader are not the same things. In fact, they’re almost opposites. Though millions wear both hats simultaneously, it’s quite common to function for decades as a boss without ever becoming a leader. Or, for that matter, you might be an effective leader without ever wearing the title ...
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WHY EXPERTS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS WRONG (and what it means for you and your money)

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In 1968, Dr. Paul Ehrlich released his international bestseller, The Population Bomb, predicting the starvation of hundreds of millions of people before 1980. Since that time, the world’s population has doubled, while starvation rates have dropped by 95%.The day after the election of Donald Trump, ...
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T, That’s What I Want from PD!

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A recent article in Education Week Magazine (by Sarah Schwartz, May 15, 2019) reports that the most profound emotion that educational in-service speakers evoke in teachers is… wait for it… disrespect. Wow! All that planning, work, and money invested by school districts in Profes ...
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HIRING TIP: CALL REFERENCES… THEN DON’T BELIEVE THEM!

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One of the most important lessons a boss can learn is this: hire slowly; fire quickly. Take great care to find the right people for the right positions. Invest enormous amounts of time in the interview process, give personality tests to applicants, examine college transcripts, and c ...
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DARK MAGIC: The coming AI Revolution and How to Prepare Your Kids for It

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"I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that." HAL 9000 computer from 2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley KubrikThe earth shook in November of 2017 and no one noticed. One of the most cataclysmic milestones in human history passed quietly that month, but unlike other watershed achievements (inven ...
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The Three Keys to Influencing People

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Leadership, at its core, is the ability to influence other people. Three hundred and fifty years before the birth of Christ, the philosopher Aristotle summarized what he believed were the most salient characteristics of a highly influential person. He described them in his native Greek language as E ...
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