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These days we all spend a lot of time indoors and in front of screens. In fact, a recent poll estimates that some adults will spend roughly 44 years of their life staring at screens. And, sadly, the pandemic increased screen time as people worked or attended school from home.

When the lockdown first began, I remember feeling exhausted from the constant virtual meetings followed by after hours virtual social events and then even more time spent in from of the T.V…


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Being a leader in the world of remote work is a challenging job. Remote work upended the way that most individuals perform their daily job and likewise leaders had to quickly to re-think how they should support their people.

One of the keys to successful leadership is building trust with your people, and how leaders do this looks differently in person versus through a computer screen.

The…


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As 2020 comes to a close, there’s a lot to look back at and think about. We all had to make major unforeseen life adjustments and many had to deal with tragic loss and heartache.

And while I think everyone wants to look back at this year as the worst year on record, I can’t help but think about how this year gave me a new chance at life.

I think about the following lessons I learned and realize that, in many ways, 2020 was truly a blessing in disguise.

1. Gratitude


And three ways to develop it

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The next industrial revolution is upon us as robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence disrupt every industry of the economy. We’re already seeing glimpses of the future—wearable technology, autonomous vehicles, drone delivery, connected supply chain, and smart farming. With these tools, companies are transforming into digital businesses powered by ever-growing amounts of data.

COVID-19 has accelerated these digital transformation efforts as companies have had to adopt new tools and processes to stay relevant while also protecting their employees and customers.

Even before this acceleration, however, many companies were struggling to fully achieve their digital transformation goals and of course many face…


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I spent nearly a decade as a high school teacher and loved every minute of the job itself. What I struggled with was poor leadership, annoying politics, low pay and recognition, and the rigid day-to-day schedule.

Not surprisingly, these align with the top three reasons from a recent Indeed.com survey on why people make a career switch: unhappiness with the sector, desire for more flexibility, and desire for more pay.

The tipping point for me came when health concerns made doing my job as a teacher too difficult and I decided it was time for a change.

And I’m not…


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It’s no secret that teaching is a career path that deserves more respect and compensation, but even more so in the time of a global pandemic. Many teachers are now having to choose between doing the work they love and putting themselves and their loved ones at risk. Needless to say, I predict there will be even more teachers wanting to leave the profession by the end of this school year.

Although I loved being a teacher, I left the profession over a year ago and a lot of people ask me how I was able to become a business…


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Technology is disrupting every aspect of our lives, but COVID has shown us how far behind the education sector is in adopting these changes.

A Harvard Business Review article highlights how behind-the-times colleges and universities are in adapting to the modern life.

“One measure of this is that less than 5% of college budgets are dedicated to IT spending. According to U.S. Department of Education data, while one-third of all U.S. college students had some type of online course experience before the pandemic, the other two-thirds remained traditional campus-based lectures — little-changed from hundreds of years ago.”

As colleges and…


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In the blink of an eye, a deadly virus completely altered how we live — from how we work, to how we shop, and how we learn.

COVID shattered most of my daily routine and at first I, like most people, was annoyed and frustrated, but now I’m seeing the beauty of these broken habits.

In fact, COVID has actually helped me deal with other anxieties and stressors in life that I didn’t even realize were weighing on me until quarantine helped me relax.

Don’t get me wrong, the stress hasn’t gone away and work from home has its own…


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As schools are preparing for what is certain to be the most difficult start to the school year ever, many are wondering what to expect.

Parents are nervous about protecting their children while also allowing them the opportunity to connect with their peers and, for their sanity’s sake, get out of the house. They are also stressed trying to figure out how to help their children learn from home.

Teachers are anxious about protecting themselves and their students while managing a complete shift in their day-to-day job, whether they are fully remote, hybrid or fully in-person.

Students are sad wanting…


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One year ago, I made a courageous choice to leave my comfortable, tenured teaching position to start a new career.

And it wasn’t because of the students, like most would assume. No, the students were the best part of my eight years in the classroom and I miss them every day in my new job as a business consultant (adults are pretty boring compared to teenagers).

I made the choice to leave teaching not because I didn’t want to be a teacher. I loved my job.

I left teaching because personal health reasons made me realize how much I was…

Steven Hopper

Stories of a former high school teacher, now business consultant. Husband. Travel fanatic. Obsessed coffee drinker. And all-around nerd.

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