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Self Confidence and Body Language

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Self confidence is an important quality to cultivate in your kid. It is associated with better grades, more satisfying personal relationships, better decision making, greater self-control and general assertiveness. (It can also keep your kid from being mugged.) Self confidence is derived from skills and competencies, experiences, treatment by others and the nature and frequency of successes and failures. But, …

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Preparing Teens for the 21st Century Work Place: Project Management

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Jobs in which workers are responsible for discrete, repetitive and isolated (assembly line) tasks are disappearing in the 21st century work environment. In all levels of employment, workers have to accomplish multi-step tasks toward the completion of complex projects. In this environment, your kid’s ability to plan, coordinate and bring to completion complex projects will give them a decided advantage. …

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Preparing Teens for the 21st Century Work Place: Leading by Influence

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Traditional top down leadership (sometimes called bossing people around) works best in (and perpetuates) a static economy. The rapidly changing economic forces of the 21st century along with the increasingly collaborative nature of 21st century work environments are not well suited for this kind of leadership style. Instead, your kid will need to be familiar with and (ideally) practiced in …

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Preparing Teens for the 21st Century Work Place: Saving Grace

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Timeless universal values represented by an employee’s integrity will serve to distinguish them in an increasingly personal work environment. Curiously (and, maybe tellingly) discussions of important 21st Century work skills do not reference employees integrity (or the morals, ethics, values and character that compose it) as one of those important skills. And yet, without integrity (and a culture of integrity), …

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Preparing Teens for the 21st Century Work Place: Critical Analysis

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Your kids will be growing to adulthood in a century where the complexity of technology and the pace of change is unlike anything humans have ever experienced.  This is one in a series of columns devoted to identifying core competencies that will help teens be successful in this 21st century workplace.  Critical analysis is one of the abilities separating us …

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Preparing Teens For The 21st Century Work Place: Decision Making

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Your kids will be growing to adulthood in a century where the complexity of technology and the pace of change is unlike anything humans have ever experienced.  This is one in a series of columns devoted to identifying core competencies that will help teens be successful in this 21st century workplace.  With increasing responsibility and independence placed on individual workers, …

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Preparing Teens for the 21st Century Work Place: Dissenting Opinions

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Your kids will be growing to adulthood in a century where the complexity of technology and the pace of change is unlike anything humans have ever experienced.  This is one in a series of columns devoted to identifying core competencies that will help teens be successful in this 21st century workplace.  Group decision making dynamics are becoming more prominent as …

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The Soundtrack of Encouragement

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

If your kid is going to listen to music all the time (and be affected by the “feel” of the music and the message of the words), require them to put some songs in there that build up, reassure, encourages them to make a difference and realize their potential.  Have them make a playlist that helps them rise above.  This …

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Preparing Teens for the 21st Century Work Place: Patience

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Your kids will be growing to adulthood in a century where the complexity of technology and the pace of change is unlike anything humans have ever experienced.  This is one in a series of columns devoted to identifying core competencies that will help teens be successful in this 21st century workplace.  With the pervasive emphasis on speed, immediate results and …