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by Susan Simpson What’s your secret to having a good hair day? Studies have shown women average nearly an hour a day in front of a mirror—mainly touching up their appearance. A different study says men look at themselves in a mirror more often than women. But here is the real scoop: Your hair has...
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by Susan Simpson Imagine yourself waking up in the night and heading to the kitchen for a midnight snack. You’re halfway across the pitch dark room when suddenly a monstrous howl erupts at your feet. Filled with adrenaline you cry out in terror. And then it sinks in that the “monster” is your dog –...
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by Dr. Tara Laughlin Benefits of Soft Skills Over the last several decades, extensive research has shown the value of soft skills development, at all levels ranging from early childhood to late adulthood.  This research has come from differing fields and researchers with widely diverse backgrounds, illustrating the tremendous value and importance of soft skills....
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The Imperatives by Susan Simpson PAIRIN applies “hard science” to measure, map and develop over 100 soft skills and mindsets such as Initiative, Adaptability, Persistence and Problem Solving. The relative importance and desirable levels of these behavioral attributes vary according to different occupations. Conversely, the Imperative skills are universal and foundational in that rather than...
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As mentioned in our previous blog post [linked here] on the subject of hiring neurodiverse individuals for a more diverse workplace, many companies are recognizing the benefits of adding more neurodiversity into their organizations. But, it’s important to recognize that in order for a company to fully realize the benefits of having more neurodiverse individuals contribute...
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As mentioned in our first blog in this series, neurodiversity accounts for the range of differences in individual brain function and behavioral traits, placing it on a spectrum of neurological function where “neurotypical” aligns with an average brain and “neurodiverse” aligns with brains that are more unique. Individuals with more neurodiverse brains tend to possess...
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Have you ever heard of soft skills, 21st Century skills or non-cognitive skills? Proponents of all camps behind those terms recognize that these skills are essential for students’ success. At PAIRIN, we use the term ‘Essential Skills.’ We like this term because it communicates how these are skills that are essential in any workplace, team...
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When a child has learning differences, they were previously labeled as “Special Ed,” but more recent advances in research have shown that these instances are merely neurodiversities, which are simply differences in brain functionality. Neurodiverse individuals have both unique strengths and weaknesses that are different from those of neurotypical brains. And while these individuals bring...
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Exploring the Spectrum of Brain Functionality The word “neurodiversity” was first used in the late 1990’s by autism rights advocate Judy Singer and New York journalist Harvey Blume to align with the wishes of individuals who did not want to be defined by a disability label but instead, based on their neurological differences. Since that...
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We sat down with Cheryl to learn more about why she teaches this course and what’s important in being a coach.  Find more info and sign up here. Tell us about your background as a coach. As far as being a coach, I’ve done it for more than 20 years. Dear friends introduced me to coaching, and...
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