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What is the Difference Between Testing and Ranking Students? Deming in Education with David P. Langford

02/01/2023 |

Are tests like the SAT – and a potential National Merit Scholarship that goes with a good score – the same as grading or ranking students? David and Andrew discuss the differences.

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What is the Critical Mass for Transformation?

01/05/2023 |

How many people need to be “on board” in order to start implementing Deming ideas in an organization? Andrew and David P. Langford discuss Dr. Deming’s answer and what that means for folks trying to make changes.

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The Role of Meaning: Cultivating Intrinsic Motivation Series with David P. Langford (Part 6)

12/29/2022 |

Your “meaning network” of neurons includes the subjects (like math wizzes) and relationships (like friendships) that are important to you. In this episode, Andrew and David talk about helping folks find the “why?” that intrinsically motivates them to do something.

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Applying the Neuroscience of Cooperation: Cultivating Intrinsic Motivation Series with David P. Langford (Part 5)

12/22/2022 |

Cooperation is built into the human condition – we don’t survive without it. In this episode, Andrew and David talk about the connection in our brains between intrinsic motivation and cooperation – and how you can use that to help cultivate intrinsic motivation in an extrinsic world (and even make your organization more competitive!)

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The Role of Challenge: Cultivating Intrinsic Motivation Series with David P. Langford (Part 4)

12/15/2022 |

How do you tap into intrinsic motivation when the assignments (or jobs) are boring or feel irrelevant? Andrew and David talk about the role of challenge in intrinsic motivation, including why being challenged is key to innovation and improvement.

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The Role of Support: Cultivating Intrinsic Motivation Series with David P. Langford (Part 3)

12/08/2022 |

In this episode, Andrew and David discuss one aspect of cultivating intrinsic motivation: the role of support. Cooperation and collaboration don’t just happen, and leaving a group of people – particularly kids – to just do as they please isn’t cultivating motivation. So how do you support intrinsic motivation?

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Who Controls Motivation? Cultivating Intrinsic Motivation Series with David P. Langford (Part 2)

12/01/2022 |

In this second episode of the Motivation series, Andrew and David P. Langford discuss how power dynamics impact motivation and why autonomy is a big factor in motivation.

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The Best Way to Motivate: Cultivating Intrinsic Motivation Series with David P. Langford (Part 1)

11/23/2022 |

In this episode, Andrew and David introduce the broad topic of “motivation.” David describes intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation and how motivation practices are usually manipulation tactics that don’t work over the long term. So what do we do instead?

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Cellphones in the Classroom: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 15)

11/17/2022 |

In our latest Deming in Education podcast, Andrew and David talk about a controversial subject: cellphones in classrooms. Should teachers have them? Students? Should they be banned? Or is there another way?

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Thriving on Chaos: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 14)

11/10/2022 |

In this episode, Andrew and David talk about chaos, authority, and when calming the chaos can feel like a loss of control. They explore the “psychology” aspect of Dr. Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge, and how that applies to classrooms and school systems.

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