Educational Leadership: The Head of the Educational Trainwreck

Educational leadership. There’s a nice official sounding phrase that would lead the uninitiated to believe in something positive. But like military intelligence, it’s a perfect oxymoron. In my experience the people who practice this “art” are neither leaders nor are they operating in the best interests of the kids. You know, the part about their education. They believe they are, they say they are, but actions speak louder than words. And their actions do not support the words that come out of their mouths.

Now don’t get me wrong, being a school administrator is indeed a tough job. It’s a no-win job really. With the pressures placed on education because of state mandated standardized testing and the tightening noose of the regulations placed on school districts because of the No Child Left Behind Act, school administrators have a great deal of pressure placed on them to “improve student performance”. In other words, get the test scores up. Add to that parents, teachers and community leaders and you have a situation that has to be unbearable. Makes you wonder why any sane person would want the job. Maybe sane people don’t.

Leadership, by definition, is getting people to do things because they want to. We normally use the military and business as the models for effective leadership. I’m sure there are effective leaders in education but normally we think of the military and business, not education. Ever wonder why? Ever wonder why when you read books on leadership there are no educators in them as examples?

Effective leaders all share the same characteristics. Besides a drive to get the job done, accomplish the mission, or whatever you want to call it, the essence of effective leaders is how they think of and treat the people they are responsible for. We call it a number of things; team work, espirit de corps, and school spirit. It’s all about a sense of belonging and caring and doing the best you can under any conditions whether it be in the market place or in combat. And it should be true in our schools, but way too often you find an “us versus them” attitude when it comes to how the schools are run. The ‘us” being the administrators and the “them” everyone else.

Leaders are supposed to provide those things necessary to allow their people to be successful. Leaders are supposed to let their people do their jobs without micromanagement. Forget the context. If any organization is going to be successful, the leadership has an obligation to do its utmost to see that everyone has what they need to get the job done and support them in that endeavor. Leaders do not belittle people or make them feel that they have nothing to contribute. Leaders don’t hide in their offices to ignore problems. Leaders have to be visible, they have to convey a sense of one-ness, that we are all in this together. When people sense that they are important, that their contributions have meaning, good things happen overall.

Never in all my years in the classroom has an administrator asked me what I need to be better. They have never “brainstormed” with us to find solutions to our problems. They’re good at making threats. They’re good at not providing us with what we need by blaming the district. They’re good at pointing out our shortcomings, never our strengths. They don’t seem to understand the basic concept of human relations. They don’t seem to get the idea of community; that we are all in this together. They don’t seem to get the idea that their success is directly tied to our success.

What we have, instead, is a layer of bureaucracy that isn’t leading the next generation of kids to meet challenges of the 21st century. We have a layer of bureaucracy whose only job, it seems, is to enforce regulation, find fault, and make reports. But there is no leadership. My administrators, for example, have no idea of the depth of talent in our department. They don’t even know us as teachers much less as individuals. They have no idea what each of us brings to the table. How can they possibly plan for the improvement of our schools’s science program when they don’t even know who’s teaching science? This is leadership?

How can a system whose leaders are abrogating their responsibilities to the students, teachers, parents, and community be trusted to know what is best for the students, teachers, parents, and community? How is it that this layer of bureaucracy is allowed to get away with it? Why aren’t they held to the same, or maybe even higher, standards of accountability that a classroom teacher is?

You want to see real reform in our schools? Then train the leaders properly in the principles of leadership and human relations. In case they don’t understand it, education is a people business. When the kids see that the administration doesn’t care about them, when the staff becomes alienated by being treated with indifference and contempt, when teachers are not allowed to provide any input into how the school can be better, when administrators isolate themselves from the staff and the students, someone is not doing their job and this should not be acceptable to anyone.

Parents and community leaders have to be given more say in how the schools are run. School district officials have got to be held more accountable to the community for the actions of not only the teachers, but everyone else who is responsible for the education of our kids. Can this kind of change happen? With a lot of hard work, yes. Will it? Probably not. We have not yet reached the point where the average person sees where they can make a difference. The average person knows the system is broken, that the bureaucracy is nearly impossible to deal with, and feels that he or she is powerless to fix it.

But maybe, just maybe, a step in the right direction would be the selection and intense training of highly qualified people to become administrators. Maybe the paradigm can slowly change when educational leadership becomes less of an oxymoron and more of a reality.

Preventing Identity Theft As A Business Owner

However, in a new twist of events, consumers are no longer the only people affected by identity thieves, as businesses have now become prone to the development in the criminal enterprise of business identity theft with quite a number of businesses losing a lot of revenue in the process. What usually happen is that, a criminal will hijack the identity of a particular business and use it to establish a string of credit with banks and other lenders.

This in turn leads to a damage that can be very devastating to the victim’s business. A business could risk having a spoilt credit history therefore raising the chances of being denied credit, a move that will definitely paralyze your operations. Anyone looking to protect their businesses from identity thieves should ensure they have good privacy protection system.

After a number of businesses reported huge losses due to this, many business owners have turned to seeking help on how to keep their businesses safe from the business identity thieves. Some effective guides have been put in place to ensure consumers and the businesses are thoroughly combating the menace to avoid and reduce the threats businesses face from identity theft. Below are ways which businesses use to prevent identity theft.

Protecting Business Records and Data.

As much as business identity theft is a high-tech crime that affects those shopping, communicating and doing business online, most business identity thefts takes place offline. Some of the common tactics used by these frauds includes stealing wallets and ladies’ purses, interrupting or rerouting mail and going through garbage so as to obtain sensitive information.

To counter this and ensure privacy protection, most businesses today maintain records that are important to run their operations and totally shredding all the unnecessary documents or records. However, while doing this it is advisable to put any document that you must keep in a very secure location. This guarantees businesses their privacy protection and ensures smooth running free from identity thieves.

Protecting Their Businesses Online.

Technology has eased life with the introduction of a couple of online services that makes our lives much easier and better. Many people do a lot of their transactions online today. However, caution is advised for businesses which strive to secure their identities. Most of them have resorted to not sharing their financial documents, sensitive personal information or account numbers via platforms like e-mails or any other web-based services.

This has proved to be helpful for many business owners as their financial privacy protection is sorted, therefore running smoothly without having to worry about business identity thieves.

Monitoring Activity.

Actually, this goes without saying, anything that you do not keep your eye on, will definitely face some external disturbance. Therefore, the best method to detect possible identity theft is to be aware and monitor activities around your business. Most businesses do this by monitoring their credit reports more often. Some businesses have gone a step further and registered, rather signed up for credit monitoring service. Among ways to ensure your privacy protection, this is among the most effective.

Protecting Customers.

When thinking about protecting yourself from identity theft, a business should also consider doing the same for the personal and sensitive information of its clients. By protecting their customers, businesses today have experienced less identity theft because, by protecting their customer’s privacy, it keeps them safe as there are no loopholes. Customers can at times be the targets of the identity theft putting both them and the business at risk.

Watching out For Phishing Scams.

Many people have fallen prey to scams and lost quite a lot of money to fraudsters who trick people into divulging their confidential personal and business account information e.g. account number, passwords and user names. Businesses have therefore become alert on such and are avoiding any persuasions to click or open up any attachment in emails as doing so could connect them to fraudulent websites or causing a spyware to be installed in their computer therefore putting their privacy protection at risk.

Subscription to Email Alerts.

There are many genuine online platforms that offer free email alert services that can notify one when business registration information has been changed or updated. Many businesses have embraced the idea and have enrolled for such services because it provides them with early warnings of potential fraud. Using email alert has improved business operations since business owners are notified of any fishy transactions on the go and can therefore quickly act on them, saving their business great deal of money and reputation.

Filling Annual Reports and Renewals on Time.

On top of the administrative risk of dissolution of a business for failure to file, business identity thieves are on the lookout for businesses that are classified as suspended, inactive or in default. These crooks believe that if a business fails to keep up with normal annual business filling, then they will not realize when information has been changed until it is too late. Businesses are countering this by ensuring they file their returns well in advance to ensure their privacy protection.

Many businesses have counted major losses following attacks by business identity thieves who give them sleepless nights. In a bit to recover from the losses, most of them hike prices so as to cover for the cost of ensuring smooth operations, in terms of both the business and consumer’s privacy protection. This has led to incessant cases of hiking that has instead turned consumers into victims of high product prices. The cost of business identity theft costs businesses across the world an estimated $221 billion in a year therefore becoming the newest threat to both small and big businesses around the globe. However, following the few ways we have listed above, business owners are able to dramatically reduce the chances of experiencing business identity theft.

MLM Training and Education – Your, 1,2 Knock Out Punch

MLM training and education should be the foundation of your business success. In fact, I’d argue that you will see the success in your MLM business to the degree that your training and education is comprehensive. Many folks make the mistake of thinking that because a MLM business is easy to get into – you don’t need a fancy degree or designation, that there is no need for training. But this can be a fatal mistake. As in all other areas of life. The more varied and deep your training is, the more successful you will be. Tiger Woods is successful to a large degree because of his training and education in golf.

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You can have all the talent you’d like in the world, but if you don’t train that talent and educate yourself on how best to use your skills you won’t be able to play in the big leagues. So let me give you 3 tips to get the most out of your MLM training and education.Tip #1
It is important to appreciate that you will likely need to spend a little bit of money in training and educating yourself. There are very few courses in anything that are free, especially if you are after the best quality. And yes, with the Internet you can search and find a lot of free materials. But if you’re serious about your MLM business you owe it to yourself to spend the money to access the best training and education materials. This will vastly speed up your learning curve than wasting hours searching for free information.Tip #2
A journey of a thousand miles as the Chinese saying goes, begins with a single step. And so it is with your MLM training and education. Try to see the forest for the trees. You are on a journey to excellence and that will take time. Don’t focus on the end goal as much as the process of getting there.

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Tip #3
Mindset is a very important strategy and skill to develop. Your MLM business is all about numbers. You will have a lot of frustration if you just focus on all the people that don’t see MLM like you do. Focus instead on your MLM training and education and remain positive and optimistic. Because there are hundreds of successful MLMers who have been there before you and are now enjoying the fruit of their labors.I hope you’ve enjoyed the tips and strategies in this article to improve your business success. I’ve got tons of additional high impact, easy to incorporate strategies at my website.

The Energy Healing Power of Natural Medicine

Natural medicine is a system that uses a variety of therapeutic or preventive health care practices such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and herbal medicine. Alternative medicine is also known as traditional, naturopathic, natural or holistic medicine. Proponents of alternative medicine are not refuting the validity of discoveries in and the practical uses of conventional medicine, but are merely trying to put some things into perspective. Due to the widespread interest in natural medicine along with the disappointment and disenchantment with Western medicine, many people, especially in the United States and Europe, where conventional medicine has taken a dominant foothold, are seeking the advice and treatment from naturopathic physicians. These practitioners include herbalists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and others, who advocate preventative health measures as well as recommend wholesome foods and nutritional supplements for their patients and clients. Considering the growing popularity and effectiveness of alternative health treatments and products, certified and licensed professional practitioners of such medical practices should be given their rightful and respectful place in medical society. Natural medicine has been proven not only to be safe, but more effective than Western medicine in treating many chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma and many other diseases as well

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The history of Natural Medicine and its roots can be traced back thousands of years to ancient cultures such as India and China. Ayurvedic (E. Indian) and Chinese medicine, along with their diagnostic and herbal systems, are still used in these countries extensively, as well as in the United States, especially in Europe, where alternative medicine is well respected. Chinese herbal medicine has a documented history of over 2500 years in China, and is now widely used by practitioners all over the world. It has been legally practiced in the United States. since the mid seventies by licensed acupuncturists. Homeopathy is also a well-known form of alternative medicine discovered in the 18th century by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, but was practically stamped out in the U.S. in the late nineteenth century by the American Medical Association. In 1938, though, the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act finally recognized homeopathic pharmacopoeia as the legal equivalent of allopathic medicine.Another more contemporary and popular form of herbal medicine, called Western herbalism, can be traced back about two hundred years in America. Samuel Thomson, born in 1769, is considered the father of Western herbalism. He discovered over sixty different medically effective native plants by clinical testing, and on the basis of these findings, devised a theory of disease and botanical drug action. Randy Kidu, D.V.M., Ph.D., writes in his articled entitled A Brief History of Alternative Medicine: “The history of herbal medicine is interesting because herbs have been a part of our diet and pharmacy since man began roaming the earth. Coprophytic evidence (seeds and other plant part(found in preserved fecal pellets) points to herbal use by cavemen. Early herbalists practiced their trade since before recorded history in all parts of the world including China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Africa, England, the Americas, and Europe. Many herbs are also mentioned in the Bible. Today, based on sheer numbers of folks who use one form of herbal medicine or another, it remains the most-used medicine worldwide.”Twenty-five hundred years after the advent of allopathic medicine, modern medicine is still grappling with the idea that herbal medicine could be an effective treatment, and not just quackery, although thousands of years of recorded history has proved its efficacy. A new model of understanding in medicine needs to be incorporated into the existing allopathic model. Because of the growing popularity and effectiveness of natural medicine, practitioners may eventually be given their deserved place in medical society. The incorporation of natural medical practices into the existing model of conventional Western medicine, including the training of new medical doctors, is now called Complimentary Medicine. In order to solve our health problems, this modern paradigm for treatment in medicine must be promoted. This can only truly emerge when bias, self-interest, greed and discrimination is discarded and diverse medical knowledge is promoted and shared, not only between university trained scientists and medical doctors, but among Alternative Medicine practitioners, philosophers, metaphysicians, and other intelligentsia of society as well.