By Sam Chaltain

In American colleges, Sam Chaltain interweaves the top rules from the schooling, company, and medical groups to stipulate a framework for management that is helping educators and organizational leaders create the optimum stipulations for transformational switch.

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Connect 37 Through the two chess matches, Aaron Sorkin shows us the dialectical nature of leadership in general and of President Bartlet in particular. In his match with Sam, Bartlet is the confident, clever diplomat and mentor, solving a potential crisis to everyone’s satisfaction with subtlety and aplomb. In his match with Toby, he is off balance, uncomfortable, and vulnerable. Both portrayals are accurate. Toby, temporarily serving as the mentor to Bartlet, reminds him of a story the first lady once told.

Bartlet: No. sam: Why are you? bartlet: Look at the whole board. sam: I am. bartlet: You’re not. sam: I’m trying! 36 Chapter Two bartlet: Sam. . sam: Why were the carrier groups in the Taiwan Strait? bartlet: Are they in the Taiwan Strait? sam: They’re on their way. bartlet: Is that the same thing? sam: How does this end? Without giving away the answer, Taiwan and China do not go to war, and Sam is amazed at the way the conflict is skillfully averted. “I don’t know how you do it,” he says, to which the president responds: You have a lot of help.

As James Zull explains in The Art of Changing the Brain, “Recalling and creating stories are key parts of learning. We remember by connecting things with our stories, we create by connecting our stories together in unique and memorable ways, and we act out our stories in our behaviors. If you believe . . that learning is deepest when it engages the most parts of the brain,” Zull writes, “you can see the value of stories for the teacher. 3 In part, Hamlet’s story ends so tragically because it was written not by him, but by the expectations of the society in which he lived.

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