Wrangling a Cougar: Working with Highly Anxious Students

April 19, 2017


Working with a student with anxiety is a bit like trying to rescue an injured, cornered, wild cat. How you approach him or her directly impacts not only the potential success of the cat but how many injuries you both sustain in the process of the rescue.

Culture is Everything

April 13, 2017


In my last blog post, I wrote about the importance of leadership in creating a respectful workplace. But what about organizational culture? Isn’t that a more important factor in maintaining a respectful workplace? Here is why leadership comes first

Leaders Lead the Way in a Respectful Workplace

April 6, 2017


So, when someone asks you why it is so important for leaders to be invested in diversity and harassment prevention at your organization, your answer is...

It’s March Madness – what can we learn from GREAT teams?

March 23, 2017


We are in the midst of March Madness. It is Sweet Sixteen season. At this time of the year, as a nation, we love basketball. Whether you are a loyal, die-hard fan or a fair weather tournament only enthusiast, the fervor of March Madness can grip you.

3 Methods to Motivate the Unmotivated

March 16, 2017


Most people who enter the ranks of educators have been academic-bound their entire life. Like me, many love to read. Visiting a library or a bookstore was more enticing than an ice cream parlor. I slept with a flashlight so that I could extend reading deep into the night, and I secretly wrote poetry and the family newspaper on my father’s old Remington typewriter. I also remember the first student who shrugged his shoulders and said, “So” when I informed him he could fail my class if he didn’t complete his project.

Recertification - 5 Ways to Reduce Stress

March 7, 2017


Recertifying can be stressful for everyone. Our goal here at NNU CPD is to help you reduce that stress. If this is your year to recertify, good luck!

7 Tips for Implementing Change in a Bureaucracy

March 1, 2017


As a young professional in the world of Public Service, I am thoroughly aware of the heartache that bureaucratic institutions can cause a reform agent. As Americans, we are reminded everyday how hard it can be to work with such agencies, whether you are at the DMV or at a university, bureaucratic institutions are increasingly hard to work with.

Bringing the Farm to Work: 4 Truths

February 23, 2017


On the farm it’s all about processes and helping each other to cope with whirling vortexes. A whirling vortex is something unexpected that happens. Whirling vortexes are unexpected and tend to strike several at a time

Intelligence is Creativity Having Fun

February 15, 2017


Einstein understood the value of seeking for and applying novel thinking to existing ideas, norms, and structures. So, what harm is there in reordering a statement to see if it illuminates a new insight?

2 Takeaways for your Small Business from Jobs-To-Be-Done

February 8, 2017


One of the things I do well is coming up with ideas, sometimes they are small ideas and sometimes they are big ideas that require quite a bit of financial backing and bandwidth. A couple of months ago, I was sitting in a team meeting brainstorming ideas for a new product that our department was looking at launching in the market, only there was one problem...We had no idea what the customer was actually trying to get done.