Smart is Dumb

I always enjoying reading Robert Whipple’s blogs because our views on how to lead are so similar. And those that know me know that I refer to Detective Columbo frequently as a model of how to work with children and adolescents, rather than the way today’s TV cops interrogate suspects. So much more information is gained by softly leading others to insights, than by trying to ram it down their throats. And believe it or not, sometimes others, including our children and adolescents do have good reasons and ideas.

Dud ManagerIn his famous program, “Effective Negotiating,” Chester A. Karrass, makes the observation that, in negotiations, often appearing dumb is a great strategy.

The idea is that acting naïve causes the other party to fill in some blanks with information that may ultimately be helpful to you in the negotiation.

Conversely, acting as if you know everything is usually a bad strategy, because you end up supplying too much information too early in the conversation. This habit gives your opponent in the negotiation a significant advantage.

As I work with leaders in organizations of all sizes, a similar observation could be made about leadership. Being dumb is sometimes smart, and being too smart is often dumb. Let’s examine some examples of why this dichotomy is a helpful concept.

To make enlightened decisions, leaders need good information. It sounds simple, but in the chaos of every day organizational issues, it is sometimes…

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Classroom sizes and other issues in teaching children

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I just finished posting an article on Why Smaller is Better: Class Sizes on Scoop It.  I also brought up some other issues that we have to consider when looking at how to best help students.

I look forward to your take on this.

Guest blog: Classroom quality — – Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

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Dr. Pat McGuire‘s insight:

This is a great article on the effect of classroom quality for preschoolers with autism.  As the article points out, most research is done in a clinical or lab setting which can optimize outcomes. This study was done with in the trenches teacher in their own schools.

An important caveat at the end, however, was that these schools were top notch schools.  What about early childhood programs where the teachers have not been fully trained in one or both of these methods and neither have their associates?

We need to push for all early childhood programs for children with autism to have comprehensive training for the teachers and associates, so that all of the children in our country have a fair chance of a great outcome.

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Want to understand why some children are hard to deal with?

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I am excited to offer my first free report, O.D.D. Not What You Think. I highlight why some children struggle with compliance despite the fact that all children are born wanting to be loved, accepted, and respected.

This report is the beginning my new project, Parenting Challenging Children.  I am putting together a member site with monthly webinars directed at understanding the 6 neurodevelopmental disorders of 1) Intellectual Disorders, 2) Communication Disorders, 3) Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), 5) Learning Disorders, and 6)Motor Disorders. There will also be webinars providing knowledge and strategies for working with mental health problems that up to 20% of children/youth experience. Temperament will be highlighted on its own and in conjunction with the neurodevelopmental and mental health issues of our young.

I am excited to be at a time and place to be able to share this knowledge and strategies that many families, schools, and other organizations/agencies that work with these struggling youth.  I will update you as the different levels of training are available.


Why Have an IEP? – Tips for Parents on Their IEP Role

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The Individual Education Plan, IEP, outlines the services your child needs to meet his learning needs. Parents are an important asset to the IEP team.

Dr. Pat McGuire‘s insight:

School may be out for the summer, but for many parents this is when they are finally getting into agencies and organizations that provide assessment for developmental, learning, and behavioral issues.  Information from these assessments may be important in advocating for an IEP for their child when school resumes in the Fall.

This is definitely an article to bookmark as you make plans for the next school year in either working for an IEP or updating the IEP that your child has.


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The Deafening Silence of Teachers

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As Americans we have always been taught that one of the greatest things about living in this country is that we are protected by the First Amendment in the United States Constitution.

Dr. Pat McGuire‘s insight:

This is an important opinion piece to read.  Teachers have so much to share about why we are having struggling students, stressed students, and out of control students.  What can we do to listen to and help these teachers?

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