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Why The Imitation Game is the Secret Ingredient

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jan 12, 2015
  “The Imitation Game’ is a great film. It’s been nominated for 8 Oscars. It gives you an insight into the pioneering work of Alan Turing, the father of modern computers. Obsessed with artificial intelligence he wanted to create a machine to copy human thinking. Can machines copy humans? I

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The Jim Carrey Guide to Success

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jan 05, 2015
    Jim Carrey plans for success. He was on UK television, The Graham Norton Show just before Christmas time, talking about how he does this and promoting his latest film Dumb and Dumber To (2014). As well as being a talented actor, a great mimic, and an outstanding comedian,

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3 essentials for teacher professional development

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   1 Comments   |  Posted on: Nov 18, 2014
  Teachers want professional development to be relevant, personalised and inspiring. If you ask teachers form all around the world what they think professional development should be they pretty much agree on three things. It should be relevant, personalised and inspiring. There were lots of other words thrown into the

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The Secret of Success in Shanghai

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   1 Comments   |  Posted on: Nov 15, 2014
  Shanghai keeps me awake at night. The beautiful architecture of The Bund, the haggling in the fake markets, the exquisite silk and cashmere at the tailors, the vibrant streets where you have to run for your life even when the traffic lights are on red, the historical Old Town,

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Learn how to say no

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   2 Comments   |  Posted on: Sep 12, 2014
Ever been in a position where you feel you can’t say no? Maybe when your boss has asked you to do something extra, or a friend has asked for a favour, or a colleague has asked for some help? You don’t want to say yes, but you don’t know how

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Leadership: the difference that makes the difference

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Sep 10, 2014
Leader or a manager – which one are you? What would your staff say? Which title would your colleagues choose for you? What do you want to be remembered as? We’ve all seen the pictures and infographics listing the differences between the roles and the jobs, highlighting the contrasts, stressing

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The Magnificent 7; how to write like a Thought Leader

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Sep 01, 2014
What is a thought leader? How do you get to be one? Do you just give yourself the title or do you have to do something to earn it? Sounds a bit Orwellian, doesn’t it, as if it might have come straight from the pages of Nineteen Eighty Four? So is

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Inside the Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   1 Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 27, 2014
Ice bucket challenge – have you done it? Are you thinking about doing it? It’s everywhere you look on social media – Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Vine, Snap Chat, Instagram – anywhere you can post and share videos. The world is saturated by icy water and nominations. You’ve probably been

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Read this if you think you are a thought leader

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   1 Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 24, 2014
Blogs are great, aren’t they? They give you direct access to the thinking of people you might never ever meet. They can be informative, thought provoking, reassuring or inspiring. They can help you to learn something new, rekindle an old interest, or even spark a new craze. They can fire

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Email like a leader

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 15, 2014
When was the last time you sent an email? Yesterday, today, 5 minutes ago? It might be the summer holidays, but I bet you’re still accessing and sending emails aren’t you? Still checking every now and again, just to make sure that nothing important is passing you by? And why

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Shortest blog post in the history of the world

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   1 Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 16, 2014
My last two blog posts “Why should I follow you?”  “And Fish where the Fish are”, gave tips on how to gain followers, and plan a strategy for Twitter. They prompted the following comment from fellow blogger Beata Rosinska-Raju “I think you could run a “how to be a successful

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Fish where the fish are

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   1 Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 16, 2014
I don’t know what to say on Twitter? What should I Tweet? Who should I follow? Who should I talk to? What should I say to get people to follow me? I just don’t get it – what’s it all about? Sound familiar? Everyone on Twitter has asked themselves these

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Why should I follow you?

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   1 Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 15, 2014
Teachers that Tweet – they’re everywhere, aren’t they? They’re Tweeting before they get to school in the morning, they’re Tweeting when they get home in the afternoon, and they’re discussing, debating, developing and planning on Twitter in the evenings. They’re sharing resources and coaching each other, even organizing professional development

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Teacher, preacher or learner?

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   1 Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 03, 2014
Ever joined in a Twitter conversation? You know the ones; they normally start with hashtag # and happen at the same time every week – ones like #ukedchat or #edchat or #sltchat. There are lots of them about for teachers, all over the world. In fact, you could probably take

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Captain Kirk or Doctor Spock?

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 01, 2014
Hypothetical question, but who would you rather be – Captain Kirk or Spock? You know, the Star Trek characters? And it doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of one of them from the old, old series from the 70s, or one from the latest franchise with the young versions of Kirk

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